Joseph graduated from the University of York in 2016 with a BA In Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Having been Liberty-minded since becoming interested in Politics, he has worked in the Fintech space helping to create payment options for alternative currencies, co-ordinated with an American doctor to expose the shortcomings of the U.S. healthcare system, and given talks on political alternatives at his local school. When he is not writing on Liberty he enjoys reading, strategy games, and seeking out the neighbourhood cats.
The socialism vs. capitalism debate is tired and stale. If you look at any media on the topic, you’ll find people rehearsing the same, boring arguments. “Socialism doesn’t work because human nature is flawed!” “Socialism doesn’t work because nobody would be incentivized to work!” “Socialism is inefficient!” Of course, these statements are true. However, they are not convincing for those who don’t believe them. There is always a get-out clause, a way to skirt around the issue, or simply an imaginary, “what if?” scenario. These arguments do not get to the heart
Imagine four people. The first appears to work in heavy industry. They value their family, their local work lifestyle, and they’re fiercely patriotic. The second is younger, university educated, looks markedly alternative, and is passionate about social justice and all manner of niche social issues. The third is a middle class entrepreneur, who is passionate about finance, concerned about government spending, and values the freedom to do as they please. And the fourth is concerned about perceived national decay, is skeptical about immigration, and seems weirdly obsessed with the military. These
Queen Elizabeth II has passed away after 70 years on the throne. This is the longest reign of any British monarch and the second longest reign ever for the monarch of a sovereign country. The United Kingdom has been plunged into a period of national heartbreak. Whether it be on social media, in people’s homes, or on the streets, British citizens everywhere have voiced their grief and condolences at the news. And yet outsiders, especially libertarians, seem puzzled by this ostensibly bizarre, sentimental attachment the British have towards their ruler. How can a nation be so enamored with
Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, has had a political brush with death. Under Johnson, the Conservative Party has reimagined itself from a more liberal, Thatcherite center-right party that stressed lower taxation and government spending, to a one-nation party that prioritizes higher government spending, national identity and sovereignty, and a collective spirit. In 2019, Boris Johnson led the Conservative Party to a resounding election victory where they gained 49 seats, many of which are populated by people who would traditionally sooner do anything than vote Tory. Not
It has been six weeks since Putin commenced his out-and-out invasion of Ukraine. At first, we saw a standard military engagement, with shelling and skirmishes on military and strategic targets from both sides. However, as time goes on, we have seen the nature of the war change. Russia has a long-standing reputation of being a tough, hardy nation. When Westerners think of Russian political culture, we think of militarism, nationalism, nuclear missiles, and a clandestine secret service. Yet Russian military operations have been surprisingly incompetent. We have all heard tales of Russian
Recently, I was engaged in one of my favorite ways to relax in the evening: playing video games with my friends. As we were quite new to the game, one of my friends invited someone he knew who was more experienced. This character initially piqued my interest, as he started talking about his love of libertarianism, his hatred of taxation, and his excitement about how crypto will change society. But then the red flags started showing… Suddenly, he rather aggressively enquired as to whether I was a Muslim, and dismissed me as someone who “didn’t know anything about economics” because I
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