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Libertarianism and the lessons it has for the Left

Libertarianism and the lessons it has for the Left

Backbencher June 3, 2014 5

Libertarianism has many valuable lessons for the Left, argues Lily Summers, and the Left is foolish to ignore them On many, many occasions, I’ve heard numerous people on the right, or people who identify

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The Fatal Flaws Of Feminism

The Fatal Flaws Of Feminism

Backbencher January 17, 2014 4

Feminism is an extremely diverse, complex and (potentially) extremely contradictory position to hold, argues Reece Warren. Before attending university, I somewhat pondered what feminism was actually about. Was it about liberation? Was it about

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Total Equality Is Totally Pointless

Total Equality Is Totally Pointless

Backbencher December 20, 2013 1

Reece Warren argues that the superficially attractive ideal of total equality does not stand up to detailed scrutiny People really don’t understand the concept of ‘equality’. When I walk down the street or scroll

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The Conservatives – Back To Basics?

Backbencher November 29, 2013 0

Jack Wharton argues that the failure of the Tories’ Cameroon ‘modernisation’ project may be giving way to a pragmatic offering of wider appeal In recent years, the Conservative Party has been of no fixed

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The Only Revolution We Need Is A Totalitarian One

The Only Revolution We Need Is A Totalitarian One

Backbencher October 25, 2013 9

Reece Warren argues that a more pluralist revolution would mean going in the wrong direction I watched Russell Brand’s Newsnight interview. I couldn’t help but admire his passion (and arguable ignorance) and, in addition,

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Why I’ve Left The Labour Party

Why I’ve Left The Labour Party

Backbencher October 11, 2013 24

Michael Wilson chronicles a personal, and ultimately painful, political journey In many ways, it’s like leaving your partner. After a long time of faith and love, there is physical pain as you have the

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An Ancient Greek look at our modern politics of rhetoric

An Ancient Greek look at our modern politics of rhetoric

Backbencher October 9, 2013 6

It is a fact that rhetoric has become accepted as a fundamental aspect of modern politics. Many would say that it is unavoidable, that rhetoric is inevitably involved with political speaking because politicians must

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Ed Miliband: A Leader at Last?

Ed Miliband: A Leader at Last?

Backbencher September 27, 2013 0

Perhaps there was much to applaud in Ed Miliband’s Labour Party Conference speech after all Like many, I prepared to watch Ed Miliband’s speech to the Party Conference with half-hearted enthusiasm and low expectations.

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Why Isn’t Libertarianism More Successful In The UK?

Backbencher September 13, 2013 6

Why are libertarians seemingly excluded from British political debate, and what we can do about it? Hero-worship is not my style. Alas, in trying to understand why there are so few libertarians in the

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Free F***ing Speech – A Libertarian Experience at the Beeb

Free F***ing Speech – A Libertarian Experience at the Beeb

Backbencher August 16, 2013 1

Alan Grant narrates his impressions of BBC3’s “Free Speech” – and reaches an encouraging conclusion Last week, to compensate for my absence from these digital pages, I was fortunate enough to attend the live

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