Some Thoughts on Human Achievement Hour

March 30, 2014

Some thoughts on marking 2014’s Human Achievement Hour (HAH). HAH was first suggested by my good friend Fred Smith of the Competitive Enterprise Institute as an annual celebration of the inventions and innovations that have enabled ever increasing numbers of people to live in better and better living standards. Those innovations and inventions range from the […]

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“So you condone illegal drugs then?” – A Response

January 3, 2014

Following my posting of “Coloradans Light Up 2014: Sale of marijuana for personal use legalised“, I was challenged: “So you condone illegal drugs then?”  My response follows: The question of whether I “condone illegal drugs” presumes a relationship between one or more specific drugs and the law in a particular jurisdiction and at a specific […]

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Coloradans Light Up 2014: Sale of marijuana for personal use legalised

January 1, 2014

High up in the Rockies, the good people of the State of Colorado are taking a bold, freedom-orientated step – a step that will also start to reduce the individual, familial, community and wider social harms done by making drugs illegal. For today, just over 80 years after the Repeal of Prohibition – the disastrous […]

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Father Robert Sirico presents Pope Francis with PovertyCure DVD

September 25, 2013

Absolutely thrilled to spot a Tweet tonight (HT: @eliseamyx) reporting that my good friend and Founder of the Acton Institute, Father Robert Sirico, had earlier this month presented Pope Francis a copy of the PovertyCure DVD series. (Reference: pic.twitter.com/Xna60uh5XR) PovertyCure is one of the most exciting initiatives that I’ve seen in recent years aimed at addressing […]

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First Thoughts on being appointed Deputy Leader of Harrow Council

September 21, 2013

Relaxing at the end of a very momentous week in local politics, which saw my good friend and colleague, Cllr. Susan Hall elected as Harrow’s first female Council Leader, heading up a minority Conservative administration. (For reports on how this has all come about, see “Political coup sees Tories take the reins of Harrow Council“, […]

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Reading “I, Pencil” … at the Pencil Museum!

August 18, 2013

Leonard E. Read’s 1958 classic essay, I, Pencil, is a must read for anyone interested in how markets function. In a few pages, I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read (to give it it’s full title) demonstrates the truth of what appears to be an absolutely absurd proposition that, despite the billions manufactured […]

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War on Drugs Causes Drug Mules…

August 18, 2013

This story has all the ingredients for a great story: two young, attractive young women arrested in South America with huge quantities of cocaine in their luggage as they try to fly back to Europe’s party capital.  For the tabloids, the girls’ forlorn faces gazing out makes great copy; and their arrest is apparently an […]

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George H. Smith’s new book, The System of Liberty

June 21, 2013

Very excited to have just received through the post a copy of George H. Smith’s latest book, The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press & Cato Institute, 2013) – and I’ve already started in on it! My excitement stems from knowing George and the quality of his […]

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A Magna Carta for the Web?

June 15, 2013

It’s time we started paying more attention to the longer-term agenda by governments to control the internet and reassert their somewhat weakened control over our lives using the 21st Century equivalents of the Trojan Horse: moral panics, and claims that they need these new powers to “tackle” welfare fraud and identity theft, and “protect us” […]

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Magna Carta: 798 years after Runneymede…

June 15, 2013

Ideas have consequences and the ideas about justice and liberty under law promulgated in Magna Carta have had some of the most profound consequences in mankind’s history. Originally intended by the English barons as a check upon the authority, privileges and prerogatives of King John, Magna Carta came to represent the essential foundation of English […]

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