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The reason welfare is bad is not because it costs too much, nor because it “undermines the work ethic,” but because it is intrinsically at odds with the way human beings come to live satisfying lives. (Charles Murray)

Samizdata Quote of the Day
Samizdata, 9 August 2007

Filed under: Welfare
Filed on: 13 August 2008 • Comments(0)

Arguing About the Welfare State: A Radio Confrontation With Professor Peter Townsend, July 17 1996
Brian Micklethwait, Libertarian Alliance, 1996
Only tangentally about welfare or even tactics, but fun anyway.

Filed under: WelfareBBC
Filed on: 7 August 2008 • Comments(0)

The Disaster of the Welfare State
Simon McIlwaine, Libertarian Alliance, 1996

Filed under: Welfare
Filed on: 4 August 2008 • Comments(0)

Culture, Virtue and Freedom: How Civil Society in Britain Has Been Undermined and How to Rebuild It
Simon McIlwaine, Libertarian Alliance, 1995
After a slightly dull start the author takes few prisoners as he lays into the welfare state.

Filed under: Welfare
Filed on: 2 August 2008 • Comments(0)

Why Are We so Scared of Offending Muslims?
Christopher Hitchens, The Slate, 30 July 2007
Perhaps, because we think we’ll get blown up.

Filed under: War on Terror
Filed on: 30 July 2008 • Comments(0)

Untitled
Theo Spark, 1 August 2007

Filed under: Other
Filed on: 25 July 2008 • Comments(0)

Scrap scalping laws
Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 8 August 2007
AKA touting in the UK (via Pajamas Media)

Filed under: Miscellaneous Economics
Filed on: 24 July 2008 • Comments(0)

In Praise of Ticket Touting
Charles Earl, Libertarian Alliance, 1996

Filed under: Miscellaneous Economics
Filed on: 21 July 2008 • Comments(0)

The Tyranny of The Facts
Brian Micklethwait, Libertarian Alliance, 1990
Facts matter a lot less than people tend to think.

Filed under: Tactics
Filed on: 20 July 2008 • Comments(0)

How to Win the Libertarian Argument
Brian Micklethwait, Libertarian Alliance, 1990
You start by having it.

Filed under: Tactics
Filed on: 19 July 2008 • Comments(0)

Purpose and Strategy of the Libertarian Alliance
Libertarian Alliance, 1979
Keep it intellectual and be patient.

Filed under: Tactics
Filed on: 11 July 2008 • Comments(0)

Legalize insider trading
Chris Dillow, Stumbling and Mumbling, 7 May 2008
There's nothing intrinically wrong with it and it may well generate good incentives.

Filed under: Finance
Filed on: 8 May 2008 • Comments(0)

MRSA deaths seriously understated
James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In, 14 May 2007
Often it doesn't make it to the death certificate

Filed under: StatisticsMRSA
Filed on: 8 May 2008 • Comments(0)

Burma
Rob Fisher, 7 May 2008
Burma's cyclone killed so many because Burma is poor.

Filed under: Third World
Filed on: 8 May 2008 • Comments(0)

Violent crime appears to be 83% worse than the British Crime Survey suggests
James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In, 7 May 2008
They don't count "extreme" cases.

Filed under: CrimeStatistics
Filed on: 7 May 2008 • Comments(0)

Chickenfeedhawks!
Mark Steyn, Steyn Online, 4 May 2008
How the drive for biofuels is putting up food prices, starving the poor of the world and doing precious little to reduce CO2 emissions.

Filed under: Third WorldEnergyGlobal Warming
Filed on: 5 May 2008 • Comments(0)

Send more complaints!
Mark Steyn, Steyn Online, 3 May 2008
Weimar Germany had hate speech laws! And how, in Canada, according to their Human Rights Commission saying you're not a racist proves that you are.

Filed under: Free SpeechNational Socialism
Filed on: 4 May 2008 • Comments(0)

Education still in a mess despite cash injection
Jeff Randall, The Telegraph, 7 September 2007
In the UK, that is. More money, less discipline, easier exams.

Filed under: Education
Filed on: 4 May 2008 • Comments(0)

State Intervention and Nineteenth Century Education
Max More, Libertarian Alliance, 1986
It was just fine before the state started getting involved.

Filed under: Education
Filed on: 4 May 2008 • Comments(0)

Deeper Into The Olympic Money Pit
Wat Tyler, Burning our Money, 22 April 2008
It's going to cost £20bn

Filed under: Grands Projets
Filed on: 4 May 2008 • Comments(0)

“The Vampire Curve”—an economic video for vampires desiring to figure out how much blood they can suck out of their victims without killing them or reducing tomorrow’s blood supply.

The Vampire Curve
Andy Wood (quoting someone else), Don't Hold Your Breath, 3 February 2008
But do watch the video. Excellent discussion of the Laffer Curve - that's the one that tells us that higher taxes lead to lower revenues.

Filed under: Economics
Filed on: 2 May 2008 • Comments(0)

Smoking ban hits charities
Chillicothe Gazette, 15 August 2007

Filed under: Smoking
Filed on: 30 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Hitchens on Smoking
James Hamilton, More than Mind Games, 13 November 2007
Actually, it’s James Hamilton on smoking. Suggests that smoking is perfectly rational. Seems to know what’s he’s talking about too.

Filed under: Smoking
Filed on: 30 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Common Error No. 3. “The industrial revolution brought poverty and misery for the masses.”
Madsen Pirie, Adam Smith Blog, 8 January 2008
They were quite miserable enough before the Industrial Revolution.

Filed under: Economic History
Filed on: 30 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Common Error No. 50. “Developed countries have grabbed too large a share of the world’s wealth.”
Madsen Pirie, Adam Smith Blog, 1 March 2008
They haven't grabbed it, they've created it.

Filed under: Third World
Filed on: 30 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Lie, damned lies and crime
James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In, 29 April 2008
Tips on how to manipulate statistics: publicise some surveys ignore others, change definitions...

Filed under: Statistics
Filed on: 29 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Anna Politkovskaya’s Deadly Foresight
Kim Zigfeld, Pajamas Media, 7 October 2007
Putin is a dictator. Got that. What I don't get is the idea that Russia is much of a threat to the West. It lacks the ideology

Filed under: Russia
Filed on: 29 April 2008 • Comments(0)

New history manuals worship Stalin
Transatlantic Politics, 1 August 2007
They describe him as "Russia's most successful leader" which, I suppose, in a way, is true.

Filed under: Russia
Filed on: 29 April 2008 • Comments(0)

A visit to the real world
Richard North, EU Referendum, 21 April 2008
A regulation forces another perfectly good business (chemical this time) to the wall. Every chance that the regulation will eventually be changed but by then the damage will be done.

Filed under: European UnionRegulation
Filed on: 29 April 2008 • Comments(0)

The horrors of legal drugs
Patrick Crozier, Croziervision, 29 April 2008
Drugs weren't a problem before they were banned. At least not in the UK that is. And certainly no worse than alcohol

Filed under: Drugs
Filed on: 29 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Consent maketh manners
Brian Micklethwait's Education Blog, 29 April 2008
Or, if you herd children into schools and deny them any opportunity to earn money don't be surprised if they're a bit surly

Filed under: Compulsion
Filed on: 29 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Profits and losses ensure that in a market economy resources are allocated to their highest-valued uses by rewarding those who create wealth and by punishing those who destroy it.

Profits in a Market Economy
Art Carden, Ludwig von Mises Institute, 18 January 2008
Profits are good. Losses are bad.

Filed under: Economics
Filed on: 25 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Alex Singleton on the two Che Guevaras: Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots who Idolize him - Humberto Fontova
Alex Singleton, Social Affairs Unit, 6 March 2008
Guevara was a gay-bashing mass murderer and economic and military incompetent.

Filed under: Che Guevara
Filed on: 25 April 2008 • Comments(0)

A common fallacy about the nature of teaching
Natalie Solent, 9 February 2005
This being the one that because you we don't allow unqualified brain surgeons we shouldn't allow unqualified teachers. The difference being that if a teacher makes a mistake you just get some bored and confused kids. If a brain surgeon makes a mistake...

Filed under: Education
Filed on: 22 April 2008 • Comments(0)

What a rubbish way to run a country
Tim Worstall, The Times, 27 May 2007
Recycling is expensive

Filed under: Recycling
Filed on: 21 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Recycling: Reducing waste or waste of time?
Martin Earnshaw, Battle of Ideas, 2007
It’s a waste of time.

Filed under: Recycling
Filed on: 21 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Recycling Rubbish
Daniel K. Benjamin, Property and Environment Research Centre, September 2003
Argues that recycling is a complete and utter waste of time. US bias but most of the arguments could be applied to the UK and elsewhere. (Via Instapundit).

Filed under: Recycling
Filed on: 21 April 2008 • Comments(0)

The insane world of bilateral international aviation regulation
Michael Jennings, Samizdata, 20 December 2003
Why a Hong Kong-based airline can fly London to New York but no end of British and American airlines can't.

Filed under: Air
Filed on: 20 April 2008 • Comments(0)

Open Immigration
Harry Binswanger List, 2006
Immigration is a human right. Immigrants do not steal jobs. On the contrary, people are good. Lots of people are even better. From a US perspective but most of the lessons apply to the UK

Filed under: Immigration
Filed on: 20 April 2008 • Comments(0)

We’ve used the wrong fuel, says rail chief
The Times, 16 November 2007
Mainline electrification would be cheap to do, apparently. I have my doubts myself.

Filed under: Rail
Filed on: 20 April 2008 • Comments(0)