The French Revolution, philosophically unsteady at its conception, erupted into fascistic Terror on the 5th of September 1793. Four years into the revolution, a consistent level of compromise came to an ugly conclusion. The Terreur lasted until the death of Maximilien Robespierre on the 28th of July 1794. It became bona-fide on the 29th of … Continue reading 1793: France’s descent into Terror, carried forward by flawed philosophy
N.B: Below is an introductory piece that I wrote to be adapted for the purposes of being given as a talk. It is intended as an entry point for those unfamiliar with Objectivism (or some aspects of it - say if one were to hold an understanding of Rand's philosophy but has not looked into … Continue reading Introduction to the ideas of Ayn Rand: reason, self-interest and capitalism
Dear Galtline readers, Below is a link to my letter to the editor at The Undercurrent, 'Objectivism As A Life Changing Philosophy'; the piece is a short read about how engaging with the ideas of Ayn Rand can have a deep and profound effect on one's view of life - and most importantly one's actions. … Continue reading New piece on The Undercurrent: ‘Objectivism As A Life Changing Philosophy’.
Luke visited Freemason's Hall in London to gain a greater understanding of Freemasonry's place in the modern cultural environment. Freemasonry is a practice that pre-dates modern civilisation. As can often prove useful when tracing origins, we can break the word into its two constituent parts for clarity. Masonry, as a craft of distinguished skill, was … Continue reading Freemasonry’s new culture of openness
The next few weeks see the centenary of the October Revolution (commonly referred to as Red October) which kick-started the 74-year existence of the Soviet Union – the rise and fall of a failed communist experiment. This seems a perfect moment to ask, despite an estimated 56-62 million ‘unnatural deaths’ in the USSR overall (34-49 … Continue reading Communism isn’t cool
Here I introduce the beginnings of a theory on online media production, which will be part of a broader set of writings in this area. The digital media landscape begun its adolescence in the 1990’s. The tail end of this adolescence, the present-day manifestation of the internet, has left us with a quickly developing environment … Continue reading Introducing a theory of online media
‘To protect and serve’: the honourable motto first adopted by the Los Angeles police department in 1955 defines exactly the proper role of police forces and their justification for existence. To protect violent breaches of person and property in servitude of the public that pay them on mass via taxation. The police have responsibility dictated … Continue reading Defining the proper role of a police force
Bitcoin has proven itself to not be simply a fad. Since its launch in 2009 by pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto it has become a major part of the online marketplace, with 100,000 merchants accepting bitcoin as payment as of February 2015. A 2017 study by Cambridge University estimates that there are somewhere in the range of … Continue reading Bitcoin and liberty
The riots in Charlottesville, Virginia last month were a truly sore display of a most repugnant extreme. Abhorrent Neo-Nazis took to the streets committing violent acts - culminating in a terror attack that saw one woman lose her life and another 19 injured. The actions of the car driver can’t be denounced enough; aggression and … Continue reading The Charlottesville riots were a tragic revival of violent collectivism
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP for North East Somerset, has seen a turbulent rise to prominence in the party and is now tipped to be number one for the leadership position – although he has made it clear that he doesn’t deem it appropriate for a backbencher to eye up the role. This, interestingly, has come … Continue reading Jacob Rees-Mogg: a truly mixed bag.