Europe Is Flirting with a Disaster for Free Speech

Culture, Politics, Society

Freedom of speech is undoubtedly one of the most important features of any democratic society. Without it, knowledge could not be shared, injustices could not be called out, and the marketplace of ideas would be reduced to a single, miserable stall. Yet the state seems to need constant reminding of the importance of free expression; to them, it always seems to take second place.

Scotland’s Price Floor on Booze is Bad News for the Poor

Britain, Society, Uncategorized

Scotland will become the world’s first country to set minimum prices for alcoholic beverages, following a clearance for the law by the Supreme Court. Beginning in May 2018, vendors shall be legally required to charge at least 50 pence-per-unit. To put this into perspective, an average 750ml bottle of wine contains 10 units; Scottish vendors will thus be unable to sell bottles of wine for any cheaper than £5.00.

The idea behind minimum pricing is that the cheap, strong booze popular amongst alcoholics and teenagers will be less easily attainable, thus reducing alcohol-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths.

In reality, minimum pricing is likely going to do more harm than good.

Just when you thought politics couldn’t get any crazier…

Politics, Society

First, we had Brexit; a landmark referendum and the largest constitutional change in recent British history.

Then, we had Donald Trump; defying all odds, the media personality and mogul rose the Presidency, beating Washington insider Hillary Clinton.

Now, Spain is facing civil unrest and massive political upheaval following Catalonia’s controversial decision to declare independence.

Did you think it was over? You poor fool.