Archive for category Ethics

Law, Legislation and Liberty

Friedrich Hayek’s Law, Legislation and Liberty – a personal evaluation. By Trevor Watkins I recently had the pleasure of reading F Hayek’s seminal work “Law, Legislation and Liberty”. I found the experience rather like reading Ayn Rand for the first time – an unexpected epiphany, one profound insight after another. The book was first published […]

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Libertarians and the Walking Dead

By Trevor Watkins I recently watched the first 3 seasons of the American TV series called “The Walking Dead” (Season 4 is available on the Fox Channel on DSTV in South Africa). As one critic described it, “Its a zombie apocalypse TV series made with cinema level quality and script. Go figure.” Despite the gallons […]

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Fracking good question

I’d really appreciate a Libertarian view of fracking in the Karoo, and related issues. Do private sector companies have any real concern for the environment, and do they act accordingly? Do we need a regulatory framework to protect the environment? If it were allowed to, would Shell go ahead and frack, largely regardless of the […]

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America’s Culture of Busybodies

Interesting article from “The Lighthouse”. A European visitor to the United States may be struck by the limitations on personal freedom so pervasive in the “land of the free”–freedoms taken for granted in much of the rest of the world. Why do so many Americans favor the use of coercive sanctions to restrict the personal […]

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Legalise Drunk Driving

This article was written by Lew Rockwell in November 2000. Mr Rockwell is founder and chairman of the Mises Institute, and editor of [Note: This column was written before the news came out  that George W. Bush was arrested on a DUI charge 24 years ago. He was stopped in Maine for driving too slowly and briefly […]

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The Consent Axiom

I believe that the basis for successful human coexistence can be reduced to a single statement, a single concept. This statement is the Consent Axiom: No action without consent This statement is as brief and uncompromising as the biblical 5th commandment, “Thou shalt not kill”.  Like most 4 word sentences, some further elaboration is required […]

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Capital Punishment

Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.  G B Shaw Introduction This article is based on notes prepared for an Adam Smith debate held under the auspices of the Libertarian Society in May 1999. Definitions It is always a good idea to try and establish […]


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