by Richard North
Created in 2010 “to provide independent and authoritative analysis of the UK’s public finances”, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has supposedly been George Osborne’s secret weapon, keeping him in touch with what is happening in the real world. Continue reading
by Kevin Carson
First it was Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis police, whose fast draw with the pepper spray relegated him to a lifetime of knowing everyone he interacts with secretly regards him as lower than a tapeworm in Satan’s colon. His nationally viewed thuggery, and subsequent transformation into a national icon of E-vill, was a wakeup call for the entire police culture — probably the first lesson to really sink in deep that things are different now. Continue reading
“Elephant & Mouse”
Cartoon by Rex May and L. Neil Smith
PUBLISHER’S NOTE, mostly to Georgia and Indiana libertarians …
“The guilty flee where no man pursueth”
http://www.ncc-1776.org/ [Scroll Down A Little] Continue reading
Wednesday 30th November 2011
Time to Say No: Alternatives to EU Membership
by Ian Milne
Civitas, London, 78pp, £8.00
Reviewed by Sean Gabb
In its supporting evidence, this is a very useful book. In its overall purpose, it is quite useless. Its former is the claim that British membership of the European Union does not pass any kind of cost-benefit analysis. Our trade outside the EU has been growing much faster than our trade within. This will continue for at least the next generation, as the main EU countries are demographically in decline and, on the whole, stagnant economically. Indeed, taking into account direct and indirect costs of membership, the gains from being part of the Single Market could be negative. In purely economic terms, Britain is better off out. Continue reading
by Sean Gabb
Being myself a black transgendered lesbian, I have suffered more than my share of hate-filled bigotry. However, while I was physically sick three times before watching the attached video, and am now undergoing five years of counselling for the vileness that it contained, I do suggest that the young woman should not be sent to prison for her comments, nor have her child taken into care.
Instead, I note that The Daily Telegraph has asked its readers to call in with the woman’s name – presumably so it can then be given to the police. I advise people to call the paper’s Advertising Manager on 0207 931 3064, and say that you will never buy another copy of a newspaper that helps enable the punishment of political crimes. The value of telling this to the advertising people is that they really get upset when told about falling circulation.
This essay is a very slightly edited version of the winner of the Libertarian Alliance’s 2008 Chris R. Tame Memorial Prize: “Can a Libertarian Society be Described as ‘Tesco minus the State’?”
via Economic Notes 112, Free Enterprise: The Antidote to Corporate Plutocracy (2009), by Keith Preston.
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 20:47 CST
The Danish study is the first one ever to look into what effect male circumcision has on their female partners. Continue reading
by His Excellency the Devil
As we all must know by now, a number of unions are striking at some point at the end of this month; I haven’t kept track of which ones because, fundamentally, I have bugger all interaction with the state and so don’t expect to notice anything except a bunch of molly-coddled parasites mouthing off in the centre of London. Continue reading
Note: I wrote this two years ago, and I think it is pretty clear by now a) that the climate change bubble has burst at the propaganda level; 2) it was the Russian state that put the knife in. For the first and only time, the Russian security services really were ont he side of ordinary working people everywhere….[SIG]
What I predict will happen is that the propaganda will continue for the next few years. But it will be gradually be replaced by a new set of justificatory lies. Global warming itself was the replacement for acid rain pollution, ozone holes, and even global cooling. In the absence of some new environmental claims, I suggest that we shall hear much more for now on about “peak oil” – the notion that fossil fuels exist in limited supplies and that they will run out within the next few generations.
via FLC188, Are the Russians Coming? Brief Thoughts on the Climate Change Scandal, Sean Gabb, 3rd December 2009.
by Josep C. Verges
“Climate Science Is Settled”
The “science” of climate warming: The UN bandwagon to control the world lost its wheels in Copenhagen. Now renamed extreme weather as there has been no global warming since the last century. Below: UN hockey stick catastrophe: Mann’s tree ring reconstruction eliminated Medieval warming and the subsequent mini ice age while adding real temperatures to increase modern warming. In fact even random numbers makes his model produce a hockey stick graph. Continue reading
by Kevin Carson
For years, the standard drill after a police beating or shooting, when it was a citizen’s word against a cop’s and the cop’s testimony was backed up by his Brothers in Blue, was “administrative leave” with pay for the cop — until a review board found “no evidence of official wrongdoing” and that “all official procedures and policies were followed.” The exceptions — such as the Rodney King beating and the Abner Louima case — were rare cases in which the offending thugs were stupid or careless enough to get caught. Continue reading
by L. Neil Smith
I’m primarily a novelist.
I’ve spent my whole professional life, so far, attempting to create stories that will entertain my readers and at the same time advance the cause of individual liberty. And yet if I had a dime for every person who ever told me — usually in a snooty, supercilious tone –”I don’t read fiction”, I wouldn’t worry over my semiannual royalty statements. Continue reading
by Derek Turner
Into the Cannibal’s Pot – Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa
Ilana Mercer, Seattle: Stairway Press, 2011, hb, 319pp
Ilana Mercer is a well-known controversialist on the American right, who writes a deservedly popular WorldNetDaily column and somehow finds time to maintain both a website and blog. Continue reading
All Party Parliamentary Group
on Smoking and Health
Call for Evidence
Smoking in private vehicles:
Comments on the Peer-reviewed literature
Imperial Tobacco Group
25 October 2011
Republished with permission by the Libertarian Alliance Continue reading
by Stephan Kinsella
Gabb on Milne’s Time to Say No: Alternatives to EU Membership
English libertarian Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, has just published an excellent book review of Ian Milne’s Time to Say No: Alternatives to EU Membership. It’s appended below. Continue reading
The Facts Of Reality: Logic And History In Objectivist Debates About Government
Philosophical Notes No. 79
ISSN 0267-7091 1 85637 609 5
An occasional publication of the Libertarian Alliance, Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, Mayfair, London W1J 6HL.
© 2007: Libertarian Alliance; Nicholas Dykes.
Nicholas Dykes is a British-Canadian writer currently living in England. He is married, with two grown-up children. Besides numerous pieces for the Libertarian Alliance and journals such as Reason Papers, he is the author of Fed Up With Government? (Hereford, UK, Four Nations, 1991), the 300-page manifesto for a putative British ‘Libertarian Party’. This current essay was previously published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 7, no. 1 (Fall 2005): pp. 79-140.
The views expressed in this publication are those of its author, and not necessarily those of the Libertarian Alliance, its Committee, Advisory Council or subscribers.
FOR LIFE, LIBERTY AND PROPERTY Continue reading
Review by Sean Gabb The Banjax Arrest By Jonathan Lamb ISBN: 978-1463644680
This is a traditional and very strong science fiction novel. It is just the sort of thing to read in the evening, now winter has finally come – or to give as a present for Christmas. Continue reading
by Albert Meyer
To the BBC
Government housing assistance: Please bring someone into the studio to debunk the myth that government can “help” first-time home-buyers, or anyone for that matter. (I suggest Dr. Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance.) Continue reading