I wrote last month: In our liberal democracy, issues that carry an abiding potential for violence are downplayed. This is seen in the phenomenon of ‘conscience’ votes, whereby politicians mitigate terse disagreements by simply abdicating the fight for deeply held moral beliefs. This retreat from upholding morality in the public sphere is marked among self-described… Continue reading The Conservative Retreat From the Public Sphere
Oz Conservative, September 8, 2018: The South African government is changing the constitution to permit it to take the land of white South African farmers without compensation. Property rights, it seems, don’t matter much in the real world if you lose state power to a different group. Even the right to life is not very… Continue reading South Africa & Libertarianism
The rise of anti- globalist movements, Leftist identity politics, and Islam- critical forces have indubitably left libertarianism in a weaker position than it once was. Which is in some respects, unfortunate. On a personal level, I find libertarian views on cigarette taxation, climate change, mass surveillance, self defence, foreign interventionism, as well as policing and… Continue reading The trouble with Libertarianism
While it is important to support the fundamental civilizing force of human society (the police), against BLM, ANTIFA extremists, I find it difficult to agree with President Trump here. Of course, American police have extraordinarily dangerous circumstances to face, given the abundance of firearms in the public sphere. And perhaps there should be some circumstances, in which… Continue reading Trump Prepares to Lift Limits on Military Gear for Police
The state choosing when to interfere in the parental realm, is a challenging decision to make. In truth, the state has not interfered enough in the lives of Indigenous children, who are abused at rates far beyond anything lawfully inflicted upon non Indigenous children. However, the basic assertions the following article puts forth are correct, and… Continue reading Won’t somebody please think of the children!
This type of overreach from state officials can only end one way. And it’s not good. ABC News, Luke Royes, April 29, 2017: An investigator with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) sought and acquired the call records of a journalist without a warrant, Commissioner Andrew Colvin says. He said “human error” was responsible for the… Continue reading AFP officer accessed journalist’s call records in metadata breach
In the following, Senator David Leyonhjelm aptly exposes the inability for Australians to defend themselves against violent threats. Moreover, his remarks should make a lot of sense to many, including feminists and others looking to protect the downtrodden in society, as genuine access to non- lethal weapons would help such groups. “Lindt cafe hostages, like the rest of… Continue reading Self- defence in Australia
“Queensland Trading Hours: Businesses should be free to chooise their own trading hours”, Liberty Works, November 13 2016: In response to Queensland Government’s review of the Review of Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990, LibertyWorks Inc. is proposing that all regulations around tradable hours be abolished as soon as possible. Trading hours are an unjust restriction… Continue reading How business hours should be approached
Taxation on cigarettes in Australia has reached absurd levels, as they are woefully disproportionate to the impact smoking has on the health of both smokers and passive smokers. For more, watch David Leyonhjelm’s useful illustration of this contradictory, misaimed predicament.
Although I’m a staunch conservative, I believe there to be plenty of room for us on the right, to seek common ground with Libertarianism. Although there is variation on approaches to certain issues, conservatives and libertarians often share similar world views and we should emphasize our similarities, not our differences. There are certainly places where the state should keep out… Continue reading The state being where it shouldn’t be
As I am aware that visitors to this blog often have difficulties accessing links to articles, the following will be a copy and paste of an excellent piece written by Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, in staunch defence of gun rights. For Australians not aware of the full implications wreaked by John Howard’s 1996 gun reforms, and for Americans who often… Continue reading Australia’s top libertarian on gun laws
Increasingly, we are seeing medical experts criticize the role of alcohol in our lives. Of course, alcohol is far from perfect, but proposals to raise the legal drinking age, lower the legal limit on drink- driving, as well as the existing draconian lock out laws in Sydney, are examples of hypothetical and actual government intervention in places where… Continue reading Drinking alcohol should be the choice of people