Friday, January 22, 2010

Libertarian Roundup #1

I thought it might be a good idea to round up some of the highlights of libertarian-minded blogging from the week before, or things I found interesting or amusing - just in case you missed them. Since this is my first one, I have gone back a bit longer than a week, because there was some good stuff I wanted to highlight.

And so, without further ado:

The UK Libertarian considers what a privatised defence force might look like. He also has a coruscating attack on the dangers of democracy.

Mr Civil Libertarian sorts out the burqa bullshit.

Dick Puddlecote has a look at "nudging" and why it doesn't always work and also ponders Britain's burgeoning Puritanism.

Al Jahom points out how a database intended to "protect the cheeeeeeldren" has already suffered major security breaches - and it hasn't even gone live yet! He also robustly fisks a CiF post about how we have too many civil liberties in Britain - go figure!

Longrider has a similar take on a similar article in the Independent.

The Salted Slug takes aim at ludicrously disproportionate reactions.

Anna Raccoon discusses butter bansturbation and how we won and lost our freedom. And highlights again how left-wing bloggers think it's all about the money.

Constantly Furious points out that Billy Bragg is an idiot. He also contrasts the effectiveness of the US and the EU response to the crisis in Haiti. (Mr Eugenides has an interesting video on the Haiti crisis as well.) CF explains the business of PMQ's to us all.

Rantin' Rab says that it's outrageous that we let the police harass us for no reason.

The Appalling Strangeness reports on the courage of Jack Straw.

Counting Cats writes a paean to Geert Wilders.

On a lighter note, the Cameron poster creator has provided literally seconds of amusement, while the Bloodthirsty Liberal suggests a way that outsourcing could really help America.

That's all for this week!

10 comments:

Constantly Furious said...

And one you missed: Boaty and D. drivel on and on about Libertarianism and how it applies to scrambled eggs, Belgium, Old Holborn and the operation of heavy machinery.

And how everyone else knows nothing. And is a bastard.

You must remember - you were there..

Ta for the linklove.

aljahom said...

Links much appreciated, DK. :o)

wv: barph

J Demetriou said...
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J Demetriou said...

Nice love-in, there DK. Nice and incestuous. Keep it up, the world is listening.

Anonymous said...

I think you mean 'excoriating', not 'coruscating'. 'Coruscating' means 'sparkling'.

James Higham said...

Libertarian roundup - that's a novel idea. Some great posts.

Longrider said...

Have been discussing this over at the Appalling Strangeness.

Maybe this should be a regular feature and maybe it could be hosted at different places. Just a thought...

I'd be happy to host on an occasional basis.

ModernityBlog said...

A British blogger has been intimidated by the police. The Reverend Stephen Sizer didn’t like comments and criticism made on the Seismic Shock blog, so got the police to physically intimidate the blogger, to take down that mild criticism.

This is a clear freedom of speech issue, the police should not be used to intimidate bloggers.

I urge you to publicise this issue and support Seismic Shock, as “I too am Seismic Shock”

For more information see http://modernityblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/reverend-stephen-sizer-uses-british-police-against-a-blogger/

And http://engageonline.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/anglican-vicar-uses-police-to-intimidate-blogger/

xxxrated said...

Good links there, many thanks for expanding my reading list DK.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Belated ta for the link, DK. :-)