Libertarianism Is Not Simple To Argue For

Usual monthly meet-up in the Rose and Crown, get the right one there are two in Southwark!

This is an informal drinks event to 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 Brian Micklethwait will be speaking on the topic of - breath in - "Libertarianism Is Simple To Describe But Not Simple To Argue For: What That Says About How To Argue For Libertarianism Effectively". I have heard some of the ideas Brian proposes to relate and this should be a really useful session. He speaks from many years of experience finding ways to inject libertarian ideas into the culture.

We have the room upstairs all night, but often start downstairs. The talk begins at 8pm.

Ask the landlady where we are if you can't find us or follow @LibertarianHome on twitter and hashtag #libhome

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  • rachel

    It was very interesting and many questions were answered. This in turn has stimulated many new questions which I hope over time will be discussed with other members who seem highly knowledgable.

    November 2, 2012

  • Richard L.

    Thank you for organising an enjoyable and thought-provoking evening, Simon! I hope to be at the Christmas Social too.

    November 2, 2012

  • Priya

    Yet again I got held up at work. Shame I missed what sounds like a good event...

    November 1, 2012

  • James R.

    It's a sign of success when we can say "we're going to need a bigger pub". I'll be there at 7pm latest.

    November 1, 2012

    • Simon G.

      I think your notion that some might come just to talk is a good outcome and they can stay downstairs. The purpose of speakers was to liven up the talking, afterall.

      November 1, 2012

    • Simon G.

      (not that this is what people are doing tonight, I mean longer term)

      November 1, 2012

  • Simon G.

    working on the seating situation for tonight but will set things up so people can stand at a bar. 28 chairs is the usual number.

    November 1, 2012

  • Simon G.

    Due to high attendance, I'll be casting about for a helper or two to move the tables around and design a space-efficient layout. If that sounds like it could be you, try and arrive a bit early. Thanks.

    October 29, 2012

    • Bob L.

      In one of my previous employments I was an NHS store porter so I know how to heave stuff about. I will be there early enough to help, I hope.

      October 29, 2012

  • James R.

    I'll be looking for simple rebuttals to common objections:
    "You want to let everyone have guns!?"
    "You want to get rid of the NHS?!"
    "You want to take away the safety net?!"
    "What if people can't afford education or choose not to educate their kids?!"
    "People will starve and die. There will be (armed) riots!!"
    "What about the children/frail/mentally ill???!!!"

    October 23, 2012

  • Bob L.

    I see. So the essence of libertarianism is simple but, without the background of theories and explanations and conclusions from historic data, it is simply incredible. I agree. Over to you Brian.

    October 23, 2012

  • Simon G.

    The topic, and your contribution, are not about encapsulating though, they are about persuading. Brian claims the essence is simple, not so the persuasive case.

    October 22, 2012

  • Bob L.

    This libertarian concludes that acknowledging and respecting the private property and liberty of one another (so-called negative liberty) is the best means to the creation of valuable opportunities to be taken by one another (so-called positive liberty).

    Furthermore, neither property nor law needs a government to bring it into being - no more than does language and cuisine.

    Any other brief encapulations of the essence of the libertarian philosophy out there?

    October 22, 2012

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