Monthly Archives: November 2011

Danger, experts at large

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

Cockroach Sam Brownback Scuttles Under Fridge

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

News from L. Neil Smith

“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” [Scroll Down A Little] Continue reading

Sean Gabb in The Seoul Times

Wednesday 30th November 2011

Time to Say No: Alternatives to EU Membership
by Ian Milne
Civitas, London, 78pp, £8.00
ISBN: 978-1906837327

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

The Tram Video

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.



Economic Notes 112, Free Enterprise: The Antidote to Corporate Plutocracy (2009), by Keith Preston

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.

Stunning New Medical Research: Being American is Bad for You!

Male Circumcision Leads to a Bad Sex Life

Niels Ebdrup
Science Nordic
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