France & the Revolution for Equality…

May 29, 2013

For a country founded upon the demand for equality, liberty, and fraternity, that produced The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, that overthrew a regime based on special privilege… the reports of thousands marching in Paris against extending equality and equal rights for all are immensely disappointing. Further, such denial of […]

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Thoughts on Gov. Gary Johnson’s Huffington Post article: "Standing Still on a Down Escalator"

December 2, 2012

“Standing Still on a Down Escalator” is an excellent piece by the former Republican Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, on the 2012 US Presidential Election, on its issues and outcomes and what divided the Republicans and Democrats – and why he ended up as the Libertarian Party’s candidate. As Republicans review why they lost […]

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Making the Case for Gold… (Romney & a new Gold Commission) #2

September 2, 2012

Seth Lipsky’s Wall Street Journal article “The Gold Standard Goes Mainstream” reports on the growing calls across the US for real and fundamental monetary reform, for the restoration of a metallic basis to money (a return of the Gold Standard), auditing the Federal Reserve, and the restriction of the Fed’s central banking powers.  Moreover, the […]

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Making the case for Gold… (and against central banks) #1

September 2, 2012

The Telegraph (31/08/12) carried an article by Andrew Trotman that reported Euro Pacific Capital’s chief, Peter Schiff, has predicted that the US will return to the Gold Standard within two years. Whilst a timetable of two years might be overly optimistic, the very fact that serious people in finance are contemplating a US return to […]

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Omaha Beach: in peace nearly 70 years after war

June 6, 2012

The peaceful, windswept sands of Omaha Beach today are a stark contrast to the scenes witnessed 70 years ago when those sands were stained with the blood of so many brave young men killed or wounded fighting to breach Hitler’s Atlantic Wall on 6th June 1944 and so begin the liberation of the Continent from […]

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D-Day: Remembering the sacrifices made so we could be free, 68 years ago

June 6, 2012

Sixty-eight years ago, today, 6th June 1944, D-Day was underway.  In his Order of the Day, General Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, spoke movingly of the great crusade being undertaken in the cause of freedom; his simple words belying the immensity of the task and the heroism and strength of will of so many who […]

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London 2012 Olympics: driving away "normal" tourists?

June 5, 2012

With barely 50 days to go to the start of London 2012, those of us who want to see our great city prosper will find Thomas Harding’s article “Third of London hotel rooms empty for Olympics as ‘normal’ tourists stay away” (Telegraph, 05/06/12) extremely disappointing reading. Harding reports on a survey which, if true, suggests […]

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IES-Europe Seminar in Gummersbach: Apply NOW!

April 9, 2012

Fancy spending a free week in Gummersbach, Germany, this summer exploring the ideas of liberty in the company of leading scholars of freedom and like-minded students from across Europe and beyond? Organised by my friends at IES-Europe, your week in Gummersbach will see youl learn about the institutions and dynamics of markets, drawing heavily on […]

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Go on an IHS summer seminar – Apply NOW!

March 24, 2012

As I was completing the first year of my undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of York, I was recommended to apply for a summer seminar in the USA organised by the Institute for Humane Studies.  This was my first trip to America and it utterly changed my life.  IHS’ Liberty & Society seminar […]

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Deleted scene from MI:4 just released…

March 19, 2012

Astonishingly, my brief appearance in this exciting scene didn’t appear in the final theatrical release of Tom Cruise’s most recent blockbuster, Mission Impossible: 4. I do, however, take comfort in the fact that, over the years, so many great movie scenes have also found their way to the cutting-room floor.  Perhaps it’ll be on the […]

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