The Irony of Marxist Class Consciousness

The Irony of Marxist Class Consciousness

(Article first appeared on Mises web page here:

https://mises.org/wire/irony-marxist-class-consciousness  )

 

Let’s set the scene.

You and I are at the local pub when we find ourselves thrust into a rousing debate with our neighbours regarding the vicious state of the world and how we ought to put it right. We say free the markets and spontaneous order will do the talking. They say socialism is the only way forward. As our third pints dwindle to their last dregs, it begins to look like it will be a while …

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We Need To Talk About “Education” – Deschooling Society

We Need To Talk About “Education” – Deschooling Society

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”

Thus spake Ivan Illich. Austrian (we owe them so much) Philosopher, polymath, and author of the classic work Deschooling Society. A book that sits permanently by my bedside alongside Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged , The Complete Works of TS. Elliot and, The Count of Monte Cristo. But it is to Illich’s short but powerful gem that I turn to most out of the four.

When it comes to what we define as education I have …

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Why We Should Oppose Mandatory Face mask Laws

Why We Should Oppose Mandatory Face mask Laws

 

 
As summer is coming up and the number of deaths from Coronavirus are going down, you would honestly think that it will be time to grasp that breath of fresh air whether it be out in the garden, out for a walk on the streets or even in the park with bigger woodlands if you’re lucky. Except, that may not be the case any longer if the pro-lockdown and Health & Safety zealots have anything to go by.

Three months ago, right at the time when …

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Liberty Under Threat

A speaking event will be taking place at Stirling University campus on Weds 17th October at 19:00 hrs featuring Liam Harkness our treasurer. Liam is an accomplished public speaker with a passion for Liberty.

The other guest speaker will be Andrew Withers Chairman of the Libertarian Party UK. The topic for discussion will be Liberty Under Threat and will include a Q&A session afterwards.

Please try to make it along and support the event organised by Stirling Uni Libertarian Society.

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No2NP Edinburgh 20th March

No2NP Edinburgh 20th March

oN2NP, No to Named Person are a campaign against the SNP’s insidious Named person legislation that aims  to make the state the third parent in every family in Scotland. If you are unaware of the specifics. Please familiarise yourself with them here…

http://no2np.org/

I would like to ask all members and supporters of the Scottish Libertarian Party to consider signing the petition.

You can also view the Scottish Liberty Podcast’s roving report at the last N2NP event in Dundee here..

N2NP are having another event in Edinburgh on 20th …

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IndyRef2? Why I Cannot Vote Yes (again)

IndyRef2? Why I Cannot Vote Yes (again)

“..for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. .”

 

So assert those who signed the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. A document that alongside Magna Carta is said to have influenced the founding fathers of America and their constitution.

The first …

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Let Battle Commence

Let Battle Commence

Finally a great and Historic moment has arived for the Scottish Libertarian Party.

We are proud to announce our candidates for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections on May 5th 2016.

The candidates and regions/constituency are as follows:

Alan Findlay (Leader) – West Scotland

 

Tom Laird (Dep) – Edinburgh Central (Constituency)

 

Calum Paul – Mid Scotland and Fife

 

 

Derek Scott – North East of Scotland

 

Get out there and support your candidate. Whether by voting for them if you  fall within the region. Or by offering to help out with campaigning, leafleting, or any …

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Why Mechanisation Does Not Cause Unemployment…

Why Mechanisation Does Not Cause Unemployment…

While nominally the adoption of machines can result in job losses; across the economy itself mechanisation does not cause unemployment but in fact frees people up to do more productive work and provides a breadth of benefits that improve the living standards of everyone.

Mechanisation has often been misconstrued to provoke unemployment but this is a fallacy that has been slain time and time again by economists. If it were true, then surely by this point in technical advancement there would hardly be a job left …

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But Who Will Build The Roads????

But Who Will Build The Roads????

But who will build the roads?

 

The recent closure of the Forth Road Bridge (FRB) proves a useful catalyst for discussing the role of government in the provision of certain services. “Without government, who will build the roads?” is a commonly asked question by those who are sceptical of the power of the market to provide for them. It is perhaps understandable that this view is taken given the use that we all make of roads every day. After all, perhaps people envisage a system of …

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More Government Spending Will Not Create Jobs

More Government Spending Will Not Create Jobs

From time to time, a politician or activist will get up and attest that some great project of national spending (such as a full repair job on our countries infrastructure) will drag us out of recession, and solve all our economic woes by “creating jobs.” Promptly he or she will be heralded as a champion of the people, talking sense against an establishment that just won’t seem to listen.

Suppose the country’s poor infrastructure is really ailing; no right-minded person would object to it being restored, but …

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