Rocco: The unpalatable truth about apples and oranges

It’s an unwritten rule that you should never explain a joke. I don’t know whether it applies to blog posts too, but just to be on the safest of safe sides I’m going to explain this one in advance. The point of this post is to bring into the sharpest relief possible the assumption that […]

Rocco: Pest Justice

Pop quiz, hotshot: There’s a rat in your kitchen – what are you gonna do? Shriek? Fair enough. But after that, though. Call a pest controller? Yeah, sounds like a good idea to me. Now then, which one? Which of the many pest controllers available will you call? Don’t answer that. It’s rhetorical. I don’t […]

Rocco: Ignorance is no defence

Among opponents of “nanny statism” a popular argument is that people should be allowed to go about their lives without interference because, when it comes to their own actions, they’re the ones who “know best”. We are in a much better position to judge than ‘the man in Whitehall’ what’s best for us. Persuasive as […]

Support Walter Block

Walter Block is currently Professor of Economics at Loyola University, New Orleans. Since the 1970’s he has written many books, published hundreds of articles and given any number of speeches and lectures, all with one goal in mind. He has contributed to countless journals, had editorial roles at more than a few, appeared on TV, […]

Russell Taylor: Sign up here to fight for the future

I’ve just become a father for the second time, and I find myself wondering what kind of a world my daughter will grow up in. From my perspective, we’re living in an age of decline. Not just economically, but culturally and spiritually. We have come to believe that people are unruly children in need of […]

Rocco: Finders keepers and the voluntary society

The famous occultist Alisteir Crowley had it that “Do what thou wilt” is the whole of the law. That’s not a law, though. It’s the absence of law. “Finders keepers” on the other hand… now that’s a law! Even a child can understand it. But that doesn’t make it a childish law. Far from it. […]

Russell Taylor: Being rich is not a crime


Labour’s promise to reinstate the 50 per cent tax rate for people earning over £150,000 per year has been met by a predictable response from both sides of the political divide. The Right has pointed out that it will reduce government revenue and that cutting taxes will have the opposite effect. The Left, meanwhile, has […]

RGTyler: The 95 are Right!

Bernard Jenkins, Douglas Carswell and the other 93 Conservative backbenchers are right to be upset and have every right to voice their views. Many people have been criticising them for attacking the party leadership but the fact of the matter is that they’re just doing their job. As backbenchers it is their job to keep […]