Entertainingly describes the boringness of Ralf Dahrendorf. Published in 1983.
Takes on anarchists who are offended by the libertarian concept of anarcho-capitalism.
Describes the difference and conflict between these two concepts.
Describes the political situation in 1983, in particular the issue of unemployment.
Attempts to recruit more writers for Political Notes
74: How and How Not to Achieve Good Taste in Advertising: Free Market Regulation is Better Than Government Regulation
Argues in favour of free-market regulation of advertising.
Brian causes a bit of a stir at Exeter University in 1992 explaining why he is a Libertarian.
What would happen to welfare if the welfare state collapses?
How increasing prices can improve the product.
Trade, not charity, is the correct replacement for the welfare state. Published in 1992.
58: The Fixed Quanity of Wealth Fallacy: How to Make Yourself Miserable about the Past, the Present and the Future of Mankind
Causes and remedies for the belief that wealth can not be created. Published in 1994.
Posits the thought experiment of cutting the top rate of income tax to zero and describes the benefits to rich and poor people (and the state).
First published in 1998 as Linux and free (as in speech) software started to emerge.
Why natural rights libertarians are more interested in consequences than they think, and how consequentialist libertarians prefer certain consequences for moral reasons.
21: The Rule of Law in Britain: Some Editorial Thoughts on Why It is Threatened and How to Rescue It
How the rule of law is the antithesis of class warfare and why it must be defended amongst demands for ever more laws to address ever more problems.
Subsidising art is not only immoral because they force people to pay for other people’s hobbies, it is also bad for art itself.
How spontaneous order is mistaken for chaos and how imposed order has given way to imposed pseudo-spontaneous order.
Remembers David Low’s cartoon Colonel Blimp, notes that the stereotype no longer holds true, and argues that many on the left share similar attributes.
After World War 2, the British percieved that planning was important for success, and duly discovered that planning an economy does not work.
The inability to sleep outside in the winter in cold places means that if you don’t follow orders, you die. The relationship between the individual and the state therefore must be different compared to a warm place where you can roam and the state cannot find you.
29: On the Harm Done by Look-and-say: A Reaction to Bonnie Macmillan’s Why Schoolchildren Can’t Read
Discussion of the look-and-say method of teaching reading, incredulity that such stupidity is countenanced, how this came about and was sustained, and what can be done about it.
32: Kumon!: A Part-Time Maths Teacher Reports From the Newly Emerging Private Sector in Mass Education
Brian’s foray into private sector maths teaching at a Kumon centre, where difficulty is tailored to each individual student.
33: The Failure of Politics and the Pull of Freedom: Reflections on the Work of the Reading Reform Foundation
The tactics of a campaign group attempting to return to teaching reading with synthetic phonics.
Describes and summarises advice found in self-help books.
12: Clone on!
Argues in favour of human cloning.
Argues for publishing writing about the intellectual ideas behind libertarianism, as opposed to mere activism. Contains commentary on the use of computer networking for publishing from the vantage point of 1988.
Advice about how not to lose arguments by relying on facts.
How to spread libertarianism by arguing; not necessarily by winning arguments.
Describes the publishing strategy of the Libertarian Alliance.
Foreign Policy Perspectives
Imperialism, whether it matters so much who rules as what the rules are, and how to shop around for rulers.
On the inevitability of disunity when there is little reason to unify.
Brian explains his approach to giving people career advice, and in doing so gives a lot of good advice.
Tells the story of how Brian met Perry de Havilland and how the libertarian blog Samizdata was founded. It goes on to discuss the difference between being a loser libertarian and being a winner libertarian.
In which we meet struggling writer Eric, who leads by example, shifting the balance of power and discovers his true competetive advantage.
The life of Starshine McKane and his evil ambition to murder everyone in the world.