Tag: "Libertarian"

Life After The State, a guest blog by Dominic Frisby18th November 2013

'Until August 1914 a sensible, law-abiding Englishman could pass through life and hardly notice the existence of the state, beyond the post office and the policeman'. So wrote AJP Taylor as the opening lines of best-selling English History 1914–1945. 19th century Britain was indeed a much more free existence than that of today. You didn't need a passports (you could travel abroad without permission or ID), you could change money without restriction, taxes were paid on a modest scale (8% of

The Hobbit: Tolkien the Economic Libertarian?31st December 2012

As thousands of us headed to the big screen this season, the top film has surely been The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey. Critics tell us much about the filming in 48 frames per second, but surely we are better focusing on the story and the real thinking behind it. Over an excellent lunch before Christmas[1], it was suggested to me that JRR Tolkien, writer of The Hobbit and it’s masterly sequel Lord of the Rings, is considered by many to be a Libertarian. For one committed to the free