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The State As Oppressor?

The State As Oppressor?

Backbencher May 31, 2013 1

Can the state be said to be an oppressor? The view that the state is an oppressor would be held by two particular ideologies: anarchism (which stems from anarchia – defined as no rule),

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Freedom Isn’t Free: Why Soldiers Matter

Freedom Isn’t Free: Why Soldiers Matter

Lee Jenkins May 23, 2013 4

Defence spending is never popular, but that doesn’t mean its not important. As anybody with more than a passing interest in politics will tell you, defence is way down the list of priorities. Health,

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Old Holborn: Behind The Mask

Old Holborn: Behind The Mask

Daniel Pryor May 22, 2013 26

(Photograph by Arfur Daley)   The Backbencher’s Daniel Pryor interviewed Old Holborn: the controversial libertarian blogger and activist who has attracted fresh controversy after being suspended from Twitter following his remarks concerning the Hillsborough

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Capitalism is Pro Market, Not Pro Business

Capitalism is Pro Market, Not Pro Business

Olly Neville May 21, 2013 5

Defenders of capitalism have a tough challenge on their hand, especially as so many labour under the mistaken belief that the current corporatist system we have is somehow reflective of a free market society.

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Is The State An Organic Entity?

Is The State An Organic Entity?

Backbencher May 17, 2013 0

Does Burkean notion of the state as an organic entity still apply?  The view that the state is an organic entity was famously coined by Burke who stated that in order for both the

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Libertarians & Public Nudity

Libertarians & Public Nudity

Lee Jenkins April 25, 2013 20

Defenders of liberty must be defenders of nudity Next to property rights, perhaps the most sacred totem to libertarians is freedom of expression. Normally this manifests itself in freedom of speech, whether via the

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The Political Centre Ground, R.I.P

Lee Jenkins April 25, 2013 0

The Center Ground is disappearing, and the Tories will suffer the most for it The upcoming local elections could see the Conservatives lose 600 seats. Granted, many of these were soft wins taken from

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Why the rich hate capitalism and the left hate Thatcher

Why the rich hate capitalism and the left hate Thatcher

Olly Neville April 16, 2013 1

Free market capitalism is often accused (by the uninformed, I hasten to add) of being a system designed to benefit the rich at the expense of others; that it entrenches existing power structures, or

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Professional Politicians: Blessing Or Curse?

Lee Jenkins April 11, 2013 2

The rise of the career politician is a response to, and result of, British politics. With yet another parliamentary recess currently dragging on, writers like me have a chance to take a step back

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Learning Liberty: Libertarianism and its Principles

Learning Liberty: Libertarianism and its Principles

Backbencher April 10, 2013 3

  Gavin Webb, Gavin Webb is Founder of the Independent Libertarians Network, a UK libertarian political party structured not as a traditional party, but as a network for individuals to better reflect the libertarian ideas

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