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We began this Blog at the end of 2005. We had no strategic purpose, but thought we should do something to take note of the blogging craze. Since then, it has become one of the largest and most popular libertarian blogs. It has more than 6,000 posts and 30,000 comments – some of these latter as long as and more interesting than the original posts. It makes sense that we should now take it seriously, and even that we should allow it to swallow up what we long believed was our main website.
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We are delighted to announce that Keir Martland has consented to join the Committee of the Libertarian Alliance as Director of Youth Affairs. He is and will be a most distinguished addition to our Team.
Genetic Codes: Private Property Versus Public Goods
Philosophical Notes No. 91
Published by the Libertarian Alliance, 2014
Ingemar Nordin is a professor of philosophy at the department of philosophy at Linköping university, Sweden, his field of research being political philosophy and the philosophy of science. Before that he did graduate studies in maths, physics and philosophy, gained a PhD in philosophy at the university of Lund in 1980, became Associate Professor in Philosophy of Science at the University of Umeå in 1986, and became professor at the department of Health and society in 2001.
The aim of the paper is to make a case for the protection of genetic codes. It is argued that within a property rights (or “libertarian”) approach this has to be accomplished through having a copyright to the physical body parts and biological tissues one owns. It is also argued that copyrights can only be upheld if biological material is transferred or exposed to others in a contractual situation. Therefore extra care has to be taken when things like hair and blood is thrown or given away. Continue reading
by Dick Puddlecote
The WHO Goes In To Bat For Big PharmaWell, the World Health Organisation has finally come out of the closet and admitted that its Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the transnational pharmaceutical industry.
We’ve kinda known this for a while but it has always previously posed as being concerned with health by attacking tobacco. However, once again e-cigs have thrown a huge spanner in the works and the WHO has been forced to reveal its hand in the most shameful of ways. Continue reading
by Oscar Theodore
Hardly anyone has captured the spirit of authentic Traditionalist Conservatism better than the 20th century poet T.S. Eliot. He has been a profound source of inspiration for some of its chief proponents, including the American historian and writer Russell Kirk and the British philosopher and writer Roger Scruton. Eliot self-identified as a Classicist in literature, an Anglo-Catholic in religion and a Royalist (or Monarchist) in politics. These three elements are instances of dispositions which are at the core of the Traditionalist Conservative standpoint. These fundamental dispositions can be briefly stated in the following way: Continue reading
Douglas Carswell has defected to UKIP from the Tories.
You can get all the details for yourselves. What I am interested in is what this actually means – and I can’t say I know what it means as I begin typing this out.
I have made the following prediction in the past (Sean will testify to this): that the next leader of the Conservative party will be a man, very much like David Cameron in appearance, who calls himself a ‘libertarian’. This is based on my four years as a Tory boy in Greater Manchester Conservative Future. In the youth wing of the Conservative party, there are few who do not now call themselves Thatcherites, classical liberals, or libertarians. The trouble is, they use these words interchangeably.
by Paul Craig Roberts
Corrupt From Top to Bottom
Note: Nothing I hadn’t already come across in the legal journals, but a damning indictment of the American criminal justice system. What makes it particularly scary is:
a) Like everything else American, it is coming here. The Judges still disapprove of plea bargaining, but there is anecdotal evidence that some police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service are skilled in its ways.
b) Thanks to the unequal Extradition Treaty we have with the Americans, any one of us can be dragged off there to face trial on trumped up charges. This has already happened, and may happen more in the future.
Chris Tame always used to insist that written constitutions and bills of rights were irrelevant. Given a liberal order, they were unnecessary. Without a liberal order, they would be dead letters. Looking at America, I increasingly believe he was right. SIG Continue reading