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Free will, determinism, and politics

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.

To get us started Mark Gullick has offered to speak on his Phd topic, namely the history of free will and determinism in the different streams of political thought and the potential consequences for libertarians.

We will be upstairs in the function room for this event, which is accessed behind the bar on the right. Ask the landlady where we are if you can't find us.

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  • Simon G.

    October 31, 2012

  • Dr Rohen K. To the fellow who asked me about Land value taxation use this handy guide

    October 5, 2012

  • Bob L.

    Enjoyable meeting but the speaker did not explain sufficiently the connection between a belief in physical or theological determinism and illiberal politics.

    Bentham, for example, believed that all actions resulted from prior causes and yet argued for a minimal state and personal freedoms.

    He reasoned that economic incentives within a private property exchange economy, and legal penalties for violating rights of person and property, would result in the generation of the greatest happiness to the greatest number that was practically possible given the level of accummulated knowledge and accumulated capital.

    On the other hand a powerful state in the role of healer or re-educator of malformed minds (of those who because of brain chemistry or bourgeois class relations cannot help themselves) is much to be feared - a tyrant posing as a great liberator. See the good work of the late Thomas Szasz and the dreadful result of Marx via Lenin.

    October 5, 2012

  • Simon G.

    Mark's delivery was excellent and his knowledge and research evident. The last star is unearned because waiting in (or outside) the busy bar until late was a shame. One more dodgy booking this year, then back to full service.

    October 5, 2012

  • Jan I.

    Great meet up. Thank you to all I spoke with! And the lucky ones I did not as well.

    October 4, 2012

  • Bob L.

    I can heartily recommend a long interview with Daniel Dennet on Point of Inguiry. Much of it is concerned with his argument for freedom of the will as an emergent property.

    September 21, 2012

  • Simon G.

    @Jan I quote "Dennett will get a quick mention".

    September 19, 2012

  • Bob L.

    I'm determined to go or fail in the attempt. Yet if I am part of a deterministic universe in which it so happens that I do go, as a result of trying to get there, then I can't fail in my attempt - not the me in this possible universe anyway.

    September 18, 2012

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