Stamp out Degreeism

Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

One of the many interesting facts I learned by reading the splendid Judge Dee murder mysteries by Robert van Gulik, is that, in classical Tang Dynasty China, the authorities serving the Emperor didn’t have a clue how to test candidates for various qualities they regarded as desirable in government office-holders. But they had to test for something, or else what’s bureaucracy for? And so the qualifying tests that young men studied their hearts out for were on literature and poetry. You can’t rely on a magistrate, they believed, unless he can toss off a suitable sonnet or two. Continue reading

Was Margaret Thatcher a Libertarian Hero?

Published on Oct 11, 2016

Conservatives and many libertarians look back fondly on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whom they remember for taking on trade unions and the left, and advocating free-market economic policy. Is this an accurate picture of the former British leader? Sean Gabb joins me for an unconditional look at Margaret Thatcher. Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show:


Hans-Hermann Hoppe: The Ethics of Argumentation (2016)

From the recently-concluded Eleventh Annual Meeting of the PFS, Bodrum, Turkey (Sept. 1–6, 2016).

Hans-Hermann Hoppe
The Ethics of Argumentation


            At repeated requests from many sides – and given my already advanced stage in life – I have deemed it appropriate to take this opportunity to speak a bit about myself. Not about my private life, of course, but about my work. And not about all subjects – and there are several to which I have made some, however little contribution in the course of the years – but one subject only. The one subject, where I consider my contribution the most important: the apriori of argumentation as the ultimate foundation of law. Continue reading

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote address on the second day of the Conservative party annual conference in Manchester

Further Thoughts on Theresa May

Further Thoughs on Theresa May
by Sean Gabb
(7th October 2016)

I delivered my interim report on Theresa May at the weekend. On Wednesday, I watched her main speech to the Conservative Party Conference. It was a very accomplished speech, perhaps the most accomplished speech of its kind since James Callaghan delivered his sermon on economic reality to the Labour Party Conference in 1976. I also noted one quotation from Vergil (“Parcere subiectis et debellare superbos”), and another from Horace (Carpe diem). Mrs May is no Demosthenes or Burke, but she appears to have good taste in speechwriters. Beyond that, I had nothing to add to what I had already said. Continue reading

America First! When Clinton Talks Environmentalism

By ilana mercer

“We can deploy a half a billion more solar panels. We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new modern electric grid. That’s a lot of jobs; that’s a lot of new economic activity.” So intoned Hillary Clinton, during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, New York, on September 26. Continue reading


Theresa May: An Interim Report

Theresa May: An Interim Report
by Sean Gabb
(2nd October 2016)

Though she was the only candidate not manifestly unfit to keep watch on a public toilet, I groaned when Theresa May became Prime Minister. She had been a dreadful Home Secretary. In the Referendum, she had formally supported the Remain side. There was reason to suspect, given its abbreviated manner, that her appointment was some kind of Plan B by the Conservative Party establishment to ignore the will of the people. Continue reading


Can Pickle Juice Prevent Muscle Cramps?

By Dr. Mercola

Pregnant women aren’t the only ones with an occasional hankering for pickles. The sharp, salty and briny deliciousness of these crunchy cucumbers is a favorite worldwide.

Notably, the word “pickle” comes from the northern German word “pókel” or Dutch “pekel,” both meaning “salt” or “brine.” Actually, these are two of the most important elements of the pickling process. Continue reading


Colonel Sibthorp: Reactionary Hero

WALDO SIBTHORP, Charles De Laet (1783-1855), of Canwick Hall, Lincs.

Family and Education

b. 14 Feb. 1783, 2nd s. of Humphrey Sibthorp† (afterwards Waldo Sibthorp) (d. 1815) of Canwick and Susannah, da. of Richard Ellison, banker, of Thorne, Yorks. and Sudbrooke Holme, Lincs.; bro. of Coningsby Waldo Waldo Sibthorp*. educ. Chiswick; Brasenose, Oxf. 1801. m. 21 Feb. 1812, Maria, da. and coh. of Ponsonby Tottenham† of Merrion Square, Dublin, 4s. suc. bro. 1822. d. 14 Dec. 1855. Continue reading