A second opinion

A couple of tools have emerged in the run-up to the European elections. They aim to help people decide who they should vote for. This is nothing new — nowadays every election comes with its own similar tools. They are the cousins of Political Compass and the like. While they may not be totally scientific, […]

David Davis: mad but right

It’s probably fair to say that David Davis’s announcement was the most surprising story of the day. I think his speech is bang on the money. I had never thought of David Davis as the sort of person I would agree with. But he is absolutely right. This government is funnelling our civil liberties one-by-one […]

Seven great Facebook applications

A couple of days ago I wrote about how Facebook applications are beginning to reveal their potential. It feels like a good time for me to review some of my favourite Facebook apps (in addition to Scrabulous and Neighborhoods which I already wrote about in the other post). I will start with the apps related […]

I’m so lonely on this chart

I am in the run-up to a set of exams. And you know what that means. Lots of procrastination, although very little actual blogging. I have just retaken the Political Compass test. I have come out as: Economic Left/Right: 1.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.21 This is the first time I have appeared on the right on […]

The new definition of libertarianism: May I see your documents please?

On the surface it looks like David Farrer has found an instance where increasing immigration controls is compatible with a libertarian outlook. David Farrer quotes Murray Rothbard: …[O]n rethinking immigration on the basis of the anarcho-capitalist model, it became clear to me that a totally privatized country would not have “open borders” at all. If […]

DK misses the point

I really don’t want this debate between me and DK to go on and on ad infinitum, so I’ll keep this short. DK has responded to my post yesterday. He says I’m missing the point. But I fear it is infact DK who is missing the point. But I’ll go through his points in the […]

Libertarianism again

There have been a couple of long responses to my last post on libertarianism and Ukip. First out of the blocks was Longrider, who takes us away from abstract political ideologies and brings in a bit of pragmatism. Libertarianism in its pure form is anarchy. If you are to have individual freedom, sooner or later […]

Ukip libertarian? I think not

One of the most interesting things about libertarians is how quickly their devotion to free markets and capitalism disappear so quickly as soon as it involves those dirty foreigners getting a piece of the action. The Devil’s Kitchen likes to describe himself as a libertarian (as he did in a self-congratulatory post today) and makes […]