CommonWeal: Forget about the consequences of your actions

CommonWeal: Forget about the consequences of your actions

Public authorities would be allowed to seize land under the “Public Land Value Capture” proposal suggested by the think tank CommonWeal. In short, public authorities should have the legal means to purchase land at the existing “use value” rather than at the anticipated future value once planning permission is granted (known as ‘hope value’).

Public authorities would borrow against the future uplift (upswing) in land value from the granting of planning permission to develop the site. This borrowed sum could then be used to fund the …

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I for one am glad the festive period is over. Office parties starring  teetering hordes of amateur alcoholics, everything going up in price and silly songs featuring diminutive prepubescent percussionists that go “pa rum pa pump um.” (I searched the gospels for this anti social noise nuisance but he seems to be oddly absent from all four.) As you can probably gather. I’m not a fan. Except of course for the capitalistfest that was our own Libertarian Christmas party. Nothing less than a triumph of …

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AGM Minutes

AGM Minutes

Scottish Libertarian Party AGM Meeting minutes

Minutes from the Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Libertarian Party on October 21 2017. Held at Abode Glasgow, 129 Bath Street, G2 2SZ from 9 am to 2pm.

Opening and welcome from Deputy Leader Derek Scott

Pretty significant moments highlighted, especially the council elections.
Continued growth of party, which is anticipated to be maintained.
We’ve moved in the right direction despite the rhetoric made by now former members.
During this, Mr Scott announced his immediate resignation due to family and work commitments.
Thanks to Tam …

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100 Years on: Remembering the Millions who suffered under Socialism

100 Years on: Remembering the Millions who suffered under Socialism

 

There are two places only where socialism will work: in heaven, where it is not needed, and in hell where they already have it. – Winston Churchill

 

It is a recurring theme amongst socialists to argue that, if we only adopt the right system, a wonderful utopia awaits us. Indeed, the word “Utopia” owes its origin to Thomas More’s book of the same name about a mythical island where there is no private property and everyone takes what he needs. It is therefore an extremely appropriate …

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The worst of government poor planning: An economic argument against rent controls

The worst of government poor planning: An economic argument against rent controls

“In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing.”i

Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that Labour would seek to implement rent controls, were it to get into power, is not a new idea. It is, nevertheless, a terrible idea; both for those it seeks to help and for the wider population, as I will prove in this article.

High rent is a signal to the market to provide more housing to let and capping …

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Victimhood & Individualism

Victimhood & Individualism

The Social Justice Left’s worrying obsession with propping up their own victimhood narratives seems at best an attempt to grab the little social currency left for them.

In the most recent rendition of identity politics, which the Left has all but mastered, a new victim-status hierarchy has emerged from the depths of Tumblr and bled into mainstream culture. The appropriately named ‘Oppression Olympics’, which was termed by those outside this community, perfectly encapsulates the cultural Marxism that these groups champion. This hierarchy places those at the …

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New Student Coordinator Appointed

New Student Coordinator Appointed

Ibrahim Hakim has been appointed Student and Youth Coordinator for the Scottish Libertarian Party.

Ibrahim (AKA Abey) is a bright student with a keen interest in both foreign policy and Austrian Economics. In addition to being Student and Youth Coordinator for the Scottish Libertarian Party he also runs the sister organization Scottish Libertarian Students which focuses on educating young people about the ideas of freedom and free markets.  

We wish him every success in the post.

 

Tom Laird

Party Leader

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AGM

AGM

The annual General meeting of the party will take place in Glasgow on Saturday 21st October 2017.

See events listings for details.

Please ensure your membership is paid up to date and do your best to attend.

 

I look forward to seeing you all.

 

Many thanks to Derek Scott for organising.

 

Tom Laird

Party Leader

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The tough side of standing for free speech

The tough side of standing for free speech

The Nazi chant of ‘blood and soil’ was heard throughout the night as far-right groups marched through Charlottesville, Virginia. On the night before the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, a pre-rally gathering was held on the University of Virginia campus grounds. Images of the large crowd, mostly male, entirely white, wielding torches and marching in unison, echo back to an unforgettable history, one of National Socialist marches and KKK lynch mobs. Such movements, infamous for their visceral race-based symbolism, have become permanently ingrained in modern consciousness. …

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News…. and an apology

News…. and an apology

Peter Sidor will be taking over as Membership Secretary for the party officially as of 1st September 2017.

Let me apologise to any and all applicants who have waited and may be still waiting for membership confirmation and or a welcome pack.

Peter will try to get on top of this before the end of the year. We have very few activists in the party and those who are active find themselves with multiple tasks, Stevie our previous secretary has been a bit overwhelmed with both personal …

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