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Considerations on the Intellect


Sebastian Ortiz

I think the intellect is a kind of verbal, abstract way of thinking.

This means I don’t regard mathematics as anything but drawings whose truth all relies on two abstractions, constancy of cause and effect patterns and quantifiability of physical bodies. Continue reading

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Epicuro, quem é e porquê todo liberal deveria conhecer.


Willian Pablo

Note: My Portuguese is less than perfect, but this is an interesting and well-informed overview of Epicurus. Some nice mentions of me as well! SIG

O contrato social, a busca pela felicidade, o individualismo, o decaimento do poder da religião e o advento do racionalismo científico. Parece moderno para você? Não se engane, esses pensamentos constituem uma doutrina filosófica bastante antiga, fundada em 307 antes de cristo e redescoberta justamente no período do advento do pensamento moderno, no sec XVII.

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An Unchallenged Arbiter: The Role of British State Agency in Creating Forms of Unnatural Exclusion and Inclusion in Communities


An Unchallenged Arbiter: The Role of British State Agency in Creating Forms of Unnatural Exclusion and Inclusion in Communities

PDF version of the essay

Political Notes No. 201

By Chris Shaw

ISBN: 1856376699
ISBN 13: 9781856376693

© 2016: Libertarian Alliance; Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw is an independent writer and researcher, going on to study an MA in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. He describes himself as a libertarian anarchist, and has written for a number of libertarian sites, including C4SS, the Mises Institute and the Cobden Centre.

The views expressed in this publication are those of its author, and not necessarily those of the Libertarian Alliance, its Committee, Advisory Council or subscribers.

In this essay I look at how the British state engenders unnatural inclusion and exclusion of migrants and asylum seekers through theoretical definitions, xeno-racist policies and entry barriers to socio-economic realms of life which limit the capacity of these groups to integrate and participate in civil society. Rather than looking at the framework of migration and inclusion through the lens of either settled populaces and their feelings of racism or through the blaming of migrants for not integrating, I want to see how state policies allow for such narratives to expand which limit the development of both bonding and bridging capital, and, when pushed through certain defined variants of community, create the kind of conditions seen in Sighthill, Glasgow. This then breeds misconceptions about migration, and means the fragmentation of communities among settled populaces and migrant networks. Continue reading

Someone Should Tell Bill Kristol Dwarf Tossing Is Cruel


By Ilana Mercer

Prominent neoconservative Bill Kristol shared his election-year hallucinations with the nation. From the ashes of the Republican primaries would rise a man to stand for president against victor Donald J. Trump, a Sisyphean task that has been attempted and failed by 17 other worthies.

This individual is David French, an attorney, a decorated Iraq War veteran, and writer for the decidedly “Against Trump” National Review. Curiously, Kristol’s independent candidate is a “devout social conservative,” an evangelical who questions the merits of “de-stigmatizing” homosexuality, rejects the progressive premise upon which the transgender, potty wars are being waged, and would keep women out of combat. Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and its Intellectual Forebears: Friend or Foe?


Neoliberalism and its Intellectual Forebears: Friend or Foe? An Insight into Critics of the Modern Neoliberal State vs. its Ideological Roots

Joey Simnett (2016)

Abstract

The political economy of classical liberalism, or libertarianism, as personified by thinkers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, is seen as the bedrock of neoliberalism. Their philosophy of an impartial state and the use of markets as social institutions to direct economic activity has strong parallels with the rhetoric of political movements that initiated the transition away from the post-war consensus. This has generated much controversy, with political critics from both left and right commenting on the effects of this allegedly free market consensus. However, the relationship between neoliberalism and its ideological roots is not so clear. This paper argues that, far from the free market picture of society that critics paint, the state of contemporary affairs deviates considerably from the vision of its intellectual predecessors, and thus the criticisms levelled at neoliberalism as endemic of a failure in free market theory are misguided. This is achieved by strictly defining the ideological vision of Hayek, Friedman et al. and comparing it with heavily criticised ‘crises of neoliberalism’ to highlight a fundamental departure from the principles that they value, and show neoliberalism to be fundamentally of a different character that its critics portray it to be.   Continue reading

Is there still a little bit of science here and there?


David Davis

The late Francis Crick (of the Watson-Crick DNA-structure-elucidation-duo) is said to have, in later life, been concerned with theoretical neurobiology, and attempts to advance the scientific study of human consciousness.
Crick, by nature and education a classical physicist, was interested in two fundamental unsolved problems of biology: how molecules make the transition from the non-living to the living, and how the brain makes a conscious mind.
In recognition of the fact that we still know more or less sweet-F-A about this matter, I want to announce a composition event. I would like to invite you all to think about this problem that this thoughtful and great scientist never solved in his lifetime.

So, now then, it is time to try to crowd-source possible answers to these problems.  Let us try to find out what individual thinking humans think about this matter, and let us start a discussion about how to move forward, and what kinds of things neurobiologists ought to be researching.

I invite submissions, in ordinary dissertation form, as follows:-

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A (Polish) Lesson in Libertarian Philosophy


Translation by Jakub Jankowski

Note: Konrad Berkowicz, the vice-president of the KORWiN party, speaking at the University of Economics on various topics including: the difference between rational and irrational individualism, on what conservative liberalism is, on Hayek, Dzielski, Ferguson, Kahneman, Margaret Thatcher, Read and Milton Friedman. He also speaks of what the ‘monuments of vanity’ are and why Descartes was mistaken in stating ‘I think, therefore I am’. Finally, on what destroys European civilisation and why the European Union must be destroyed.

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