Travelling on Russian borders

This is an informal drinks event to discuss Libertarian theories, recent news and events in general, the state of libertarianism in the various parties and in the culture.

Michael Jennings will speak for the first time at Libertarian Home's meetup and describes his topic as follows: 

In the last year I have been to Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, and Ukraine, plus some of the frozen conflict zones that exist in and near several of these countries. I will give a brief summary of what I have seen, how the opinions and loyalties of locals vary from place to place, how things have changed compared to previous visits, what I think is happening, why it is happening, and what I and other people speculate as to what is going on and what people's motivations are.

Michael has prepared a primer on Russian history to help you maximise your understanding.



Be sure you have read the Rose and Crown survival guide before attending for the first time.

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  • Simon G.

    Sorry for the long delay in getting the video online. It is now here:
    http://libertarianhome.co.uk/2015/02/video-travelling-on-russian-borders/

    February 3

  • Steven S.

    My first but I hope not my last. Very interesting and comfortable not to be behind statist lines just for once.

    October 3

  • Steven S.

    My first but I hope not my last. Very interesting and comfortable not to be behind statist lines just for once.

    October 3

  • Perry de H.

    Adding the post code and street number to the address might be nice ;-)

    1 · October 2

    • Simon G.

      47 SE1 8DP

      October 2

    • Simon G.

      I've looked into doing this properly. It is non-trivial.

      October 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would expect wider presentation on the subject from the person traveled to places he was talking about. Unfortunately I didn't hear anything else apart from what one sided media broadcasted already. Pity. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgment. But in order to have individual judgment you need to hear the other side and study the subject from all points of view. I didn't see that. Apart from this it was great to meet everyone and talk to interested people. Thanks.

    October 3

    • Simon G.

      "Would expect wider presentation" that's unjustified. As Perry says, this is a personal perspective. There is a right to find a platform for minority views, such as the idea that the Russians entered Poland to fight Hitler rather than to kill the Polish, but Michael was under no obligation to give airtime to those views, nor was I compelled to take them seriously either.

      October 3

    • Simon G.

      I will add that this http://libertarianhom...­ is the better forum for discussion of historical events. This forum is intended for comments on logistical matters.

      October 3

  • Perry de H.

    We came to hear *Michael's* views and observations that sprang from *his* travels on the border of Russia, based on the fact he is widely respected in libertarian circles. He has been to many of the places most only ever read about. I doubt even 1% of people in the UK have ever even heard of Transnistria.

    But it is true that as libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgement, it is hardly surprising that he takes a jaundiced view the role of the Russian state under Vladimir Putin. And one explanation for why Michael's views are broadly those seen in the non-Russian media is that perhaps such views have some basis in reality. It does happen occasionally.

    1 · October 3

  • Ayumi

    aw man, sorry, second time in a row, I can't make this one, I have to work during the night. Bummer.

    September 13

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