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David Friedman: Law And The State

The New Liberty

The third of David Friedman’s evening lectures was hosted by the Adam Smith Institute and held at the National Liberal Club. The irony of the venue and the current state of liberalism in the UK was not lost on the attendees. It was introduced by Eamonn Butler, Director of the ASI, and very well attended – about 130 attendees in total.

Private Property

David Friedman started the talk with a discussion of private property and the old falsehood: that private property only exists because of the state. He used territorialism predating the human race, and not specific to our species, as the proof of this falsehood.

He challenged us with a puzzle: how did we get out of the Hobbesian state of nature? Why do we behave in a peaceful way? He went on to discuss commitment strategies that are mutually recognised by all involved. This approach exists without the…

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‘Zoning Rules’ at Cato Events

Urban Liberty

A few weeks ago the Cato Institute had an event where William Fischel, an economics professor at Dartmouth; Matt Yglesias of Vox Media and Robert Deitz of the National Association of Home Builders, gathered to discus Fischel’s new book, Zoning Rules, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

I couldn’t attend in person, but I was able to take in the livestream and did some live Tweeting.

While Fischel had a very pointed critique of land-use regulation, he was surprisingly in favor of comprehensive zoning. He attributed it to the automobile, said they threw out thousands of years of property law and said it became much more restrictive in the 1970s. In that decade, high inflation collided with nascent environmentalism to make land use much more restrictive.

According to Fischel, that’s when the idea of the house as an investment started to take off. It was like a…

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Kiribati crisis: the blame game

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Small atoll islands may grow, not sink, as sea level rises.

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France High Court Upholds Convictions Of 12 Protesters Who Called For Boycott Of Israel


libertyI have been writing for years about the alarming decline of free speech in France where citizens are routinely investigated and prosecuted for criticism groups or religions. We discussed this trend most recently with the prosecution of far right politician Marine Le Pen for her exercise of free speech against immigration. Now, France’s Supreme Court (the Court of Cassation) has upheld the shocking prosecution of twelve anti-Israel activists for protesting Israel and supporting the global boycott movement of Israeli goods. It is an appalling moment for a nation that once embodied the very essence of Western Civilization and freedoms.

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Will Paris COP21 cost more to host than it raises in Green Pledges?

Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Christopher Booker, one of Britain’s most prominent climate skeptics, has written a brilliant expose about the shambolic leadup to the Paris COP21 conference. One of the most striking features of Booker’s expose, is just how little money countries have pledged towards the “$100 billion” green fund.

According to the Australian Financial Review;

At the end of this month 40,000 politicians, officials, green activists, lobbyists and journalists from 195 nations will converge outside Paris – at Europe’s largest airport reserved only for private jets – for a conference they hope will change the world.

Their declared aim is to agree on a treaty that commits to such a massive cut in greenhouse gas emissions that the earth’s temperature is prevented from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius higher than when the climate began naturally warming again two centuries ago.

The chief obstacle to such an agreement…

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The Lords, politics and finance

The Constitution Unit Blog


In the aftermath of Monday’s Lords defeats on tax credit cuts there has been much talk of a ‘constitutional crisis’. In this post Meg Russell argues that whilst Monday’s vote was certainly unusual, the most significant change is the wider political context: that it is a Conservative government on the receiving end of repeated defeats in the Lords. Much like Labour ministers under Blair and Brown, Conservative ministers will need to learn how to handle a relatively assertive House of Lords in which they lack a partisan majority.

A Conservative government seems to be at war with the House of Lords. The Daily Telegraph claims that the Lords is ‘undermining democracy’. What on earth is going on? Has the Lords suddenly lost hold of its senses and begun acting entirely without precedent? To listen to some government supporters, in particular, one would assume so. Ministers have suffered a string of defeats since May…

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The global warming models are still running too hot?

The fiscal impact of lower oil prices on producing countries

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