Should Social Equality Overrule Individual Liberty? (Undergraduate Essay)

This is an essay I wrote recently for my Social & Political Theory course. I got quite a good mark and I'm happy with it overall so I thought I'd share it. The course was centered on the ideas of  Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in modern political and social philosophy. We had a list of … Continue reading Should Social Equality Overrule Individual Liberty? (Undergraduate Essay)

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Combat Illiberalism (Jason Lee Byas)

An excellent article on how illiberal weeds can grow from sectarian cracks in libertarian circles. "Today marks the 80th anniversary of then-aspiring tyrant Mao Tse-tung’s “Combat Liberalism.” In that short pamphlet Mao outlines eleven ways that liberal attitudes might manifest themselves within an anti-liberal revolutionary movement like his. Broadly, Mao characterizes the liberal attitude as… Continue reading Combat Illiberalism (Jason Lee Byas)

I Support the Dreamers

As people scramble to form economic arguments on both sides of this debate, I honestly think it's the wrong question to ask. To send so many young people "back" to countries that they do not know and have barely lived in is not constitent with the American notion of liberty. I try not to moralise… Continue reading I Support the Dreamers

My Orientation: Guiding Lights and Fellow Travellers

This is not intended as an article, but as a page to link-in from my about me page to update the scant introduction I wrote when I first set up the blog. This is an updated declaration of the various influences that coalesce to form my philosophical-political outlook, for anybody that's interested.   PRIMARY INFLUENCES… Continue reading My Orientation: Guiding Lights and Fellow Travellers

The Coming Property and Freedom Talks

The Property and Freedom annual meet occurred just a few days ago. A page on the Property and Freedom website from December 2016 boasts an intriguing line-up, reproduced below, although I have no idea if this reflects the final list of those that addressed the conference. Keep an eye out on the Property and Freedom… Continue reading The Coming Property and Freedom Talks

When Does Tradition Become Tyranny? (Isaac Morehouse)

To harmonise the creative and exploratory virtues of unbounded liberty with the wisdom and resilience of tradition is the task of every great libertarian thinker. In his essay Beyond Conservatism: Reclaiming the Radical Roots of Libertarianism, Keith Preston offers some sobering thoughts on the subject: "There are numerous areas of life where people live by… Continue reading When Does Tradition Become Tyranny? (Isaac Morehouse)

Sean Gabb on State Censorship and Corporate Censorship

A short and interesting discussion on censorship at a state and corporate level. I tend to hear more left-wingers like Chomsky talking about corporate censorship and the problems of limited liability, so it's interesting to hear the perspective of a more conservative-minded libertarian. Find the original post with full manuscript here

Interview with Keir Martland

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Keir Martland, leader of the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK (or Mises UK). This is a rebranding and continuation of the Libertarian Alliance as previously spearheaded by Sean Gabb. From Keir's personal bio: 'Keir Martland is the Director of the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK, having previously been Director… Continue reading Interview with Keir Martland

John Stuart Mill Predicts Soviet Communism

"The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government, is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power. Every function superadded to those already exercised by the government, causes its influence over hopes and fears to be more widely diffused, and converts, more and more, the active and ambitious part of the public… Continue reading John Stuart Mill Predicts Soviet Communism

Religious Agitation and the Limits of Principled Libertarianism

I'm not a very “principled” person. I am in the sense that my actions are guided by a number of principles defined loosely and amorphously, but I'm not dogmatic, I don't subscribe to Kant's categorical imperative, I'm not a utopian or an idealist. I'm a realist and a pragmatist before I'm even a libertarian. I… Continue reading Religious Agitation and the Limits of Principled Libertarianism