Australian libertarianism is beginning to grow in the hearts and minds of many Australians. Maybe like you, I have noticed that libertarian ideas and attitudes are rapidly spreading to family, friends and acquaintances. I think this is because we are becoming more vocal about our objections to the growth and celebration of the nanny state. Avenues for our political expression, such as Facebook, have been invaluable to: 1) sowing ‘liberty thought’ seeds, and 2) becoming an alternative voice in political ‘comment wars’.
Certainly the emerging prominence of the Liberal Democrats is another measure of vibrant Australian Libertarianism. As a matter of fact, this was the first election where I’ve left the polls with a positive attitude after seeing the LDP on the Senate ballot box.
Another measure of growing libertarianism in Australia is the growth of liberty-oriented websites that aren’t associated with any political party. The last couple years have seen various kinds of Aussie Libertarian websites pop-up on the Internet. Let’s look at a few:
A fantastic website with local and global economic and policy analysis with a sharp libertarian edge. The contributors come from a broad spectrum of libertarian thought, which should have articles that appeal to both classical liberals and anarcho-capitalists.
This website was in the making for quite some time but was finally unleashed this year by founders Michael Conaghan and Anthony Coralluzzo. The purpose of the website is to function like an Australian equivalent of LewRockwell.com, which would catalogue various blog and opinion articles by established contributors, with a distinct ‘Ron Paulian’ & ‘Rothbardian’ flavour. What is really unique about this site, apart from it’s beauty and design, is that registered users can submit their articles for publication review. Liberty Australia also has an excellent list of valuable Libertarian websites from around the world.
(Disclaimer: I am a major contributor to the following two websites.)
Aussienomics was founded by Austrian School economist Justin Pyvis. This blog is an Austrian school economic voice that analyses and comments on economic and political policies within Australia. Aussienomics is a great source to visit regularly if you want to escape the Marxist, Keynesian and Monetarist dribble from all the major news outlets AND if you want to read an article containing the words: savings, production, private, capital, Mises, Hayek and Rothbard.
This website was setup by group of young Queensland scientists who were interested in only one thing: creating a news aggregation source that reported on Big Government activities around the world, and any resistance to it. The website offers several RSS feeds, updated regularly, to deliver to subscribers the latest news concerning your liberty. (update: the blog portion of the website recently got spammed, which is being fixed, but the RSS feeds are fully functional though)
The increased presence of Australian Libertarian websites will only strengthen the culture of freedom in our local communities. With the growing influence of social networking sites as second-hand dealers of news and opinions, these and other future websites can regularly deliver quality libertarian content to your friends and family.