Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Left-Rothbardians, Part I: Rothbard


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/12938

In “Libertarianism: What’s Going Right,” I mentioned Left-Rothbardianism as one possible basis for finding areas of agreement between market libertarians and the Left. I’d like to go into that in more depth now.

In 2004, I was extremely heartened by the “Era of Good Feelings“ between the Libertarian Party’s Michael Badnarik and the Green Party’s David Cobb. It gave me some hope for the revival of an even more hopeful project of some 30-odd years before. Continue reading

Beware Splits in UKIP


by Stephen Crowther

Note: As a matter of policy, the Libertarian Alliance does not endorse or support any political party. However, so far I can tell, every one of our Officers is a UKIP voter or even member. We therefore draw this notice to the attention of our readers. UKIP may not be perfect, but it is our only mainstream political party with any degree of libertarianism in its policies. Nigel Farage is our only mainstream politician who remotely counts as a libertarian. We take a very dim view of efforts to disrupt UKIP. SIG Continue reading

The Joke of Democratic Accountability


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/13076

Note: Since I don’t have to pay his taxes, or be beaten up by his uniformed thugs, or impoverished by his money printing, or live through his cultural revolution, I can appreciate Mr Obama’s comparative lack of enthusiasm for starting wars. SIG Continue reading

The “Football Association” is now a “Court” – official.


David Davis

A private “Sports Governing Body” (whatever that is for) has set itself up as a “Sondergericht”. It has issued a “judgement – a Fatwah, if you like -  and attached a “fine” – a strange sum: £220,000….Makes you wonder how it was arrived at? No?

When I’m Principal Secretary of State For War, in the Democratic-People’s-English Revolutionary-Liberalist-Party’s*** first government (minimal-statist, conservative, libertarian) private institutions that have previously and triumphalistically-set themselves up as “judges and juries” under the current climate of rampant GramscoFabiaNazism, will find themselves “under investigation”.

I do not believe in amnesties for socialist behaviour, adopted and deliberately pursued with malice-afforethought, and in the face of all empirical evidence that such behaviour was designed on purpose to kill, destroy the effective lives of or otherwise harm as many people as possible.

The FootBallAssociatioNazis will be “hauled in for questioning” by the War Secretariat’s “Operational Services Department Personnel (Domestic Division)”. A version of a reverse-PPI-Claim will be applied to their staffs, who will be “invited to re-imburse John Terry the sum of £220,000 plus interest plus 8% plus a “sum to be decreed” for “damages”.”

I said something similar on Facebook a couple of minutes ago. In case any blogreaders here can’t read Facebook, I have posted the text of my piece there:- Continue reading

Twin Demons


by Lew Rockwell
http://mises.org/daily/6207/Twin-Demons

[This talk was delivered at the Mises
Circle in New York City
on September 14, 2012.]

The 20th century was the century of total war. Limitations on the scope of war, built up over many centuries, had already begun to break down in the 19th century, but they were altogether obliterated in the 20th. And of course the sheer amount of resources that centralized states could bring to bear in war, and the terrible new technologies of killing that became available to them, made the 20th a century of almost unimaginable horror. Continue reading

Book Review: The DIM Hypothesis


by David Gordon
http://mises.org/daily/6215/The-DIM-Hypothesis

[The
DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out
.
By Leonard Peikoff. New American Library, 2012. xvi + 378 pages]

Whatever the failings of this book, its author has a sense of humor. Peikoff writes of his unusual name for his main hypothesis,

In order to refer to all three modes [of integration] together, I have coined the acronym DIM.… Given my symbolism, I myself can be identified, even ridiculed, as a DIM-wit, “wit” in the old sense of intelligence. I accept this designation and even boast of it on my license plate. (p. 65) Continue reading

The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies: The Best is Yet to Come


by C.M. Sciabarra

http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/001776.html

The new issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies will be on its way to subscribers within the next couple of weeks. And with it comes an announcement of a major breakthrough for the journal and for Rand scholarship as well.

First, let’s take a look at the new issue, which is coming out in the thick of the U.S. Presidential campaign, and which includes a few essays that try to make sense of contemporary politics: Continue reading