Young Voices Podcast – UK Psychoactive Substances Bill

The third Young Voices podcast features Daniel Pryor discussing the problems with the Psychoactive Substances Bill, as well as proposing a new direction for British drug policy.

Read Daniel’s CapX piece here, and a recent update on the bill’s progress here.

New Bill to Let Successful Guest Workers Return Would Benefit Economy

On Monday, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) introduced the Seasonal Labor for Job Creators Act to make the returning-worker exemption in the H-2B visa program permanent. Each year 66,000 six-month visas are awarded to foreign seasonal nonagricultural workers. Before the exemption expired in 2007, workers who returned home and then came back to the same U.S. companies did not count against the cap.

Now, with fewer H-2B workers, many businesses suffer labor shortages. This stifles economic growth. Simple reforms to the H-2B program would allow more seasonal immigrants to enter the country and thus improve the U.S. economy.

Many states, like Rep. Boustany’s home state of Louisiana, depend heavily on seasonal workers. By expanding the H-2B program, employers would have more access to the seasonal workers who support tourism, agriculture, and food service.

Rep. Boustany says the H-2B cap has forced Louisiana industries into a crises and that his bill would provide “emergency relief.” To keep their doors open, some firms are hiring illegal immigrants.

Read the rest at the Niskanen Center here.

Libertarians should embrace Jeremy Corbyn – and not just because he’s unelectable

Following an hour-long televised debate, Jeremy Corbyn emerged as the surprise favourite for next Labour leader amongst the party’s grassroots. The 66 year old MP for Islington North is a darling of the Labour left, relying heavily on their online campaign to get him on the ballot in the first place. Though he remains unlikely to win the contest, his presence should be regarded as a positive development for libertarians and lefties alike.

The traditional right-wing argument for supporting Corbyn is simple. He won’t win the 2020 General Election, and now that the Labour Party has introduced a way for non-members to vote in the leadership contest, the Right can elect Corbyn as leader. Such is the potential of the ‘#ToriesForCorbyn’ strategy that there is serious discussion about how much it would cost for the Conservative Party to ‘buy’ the next election. However, libertarians should welcome Corbyn’s leadership campaign for reasons beyond the fact he will never secure a Labour majority.

First and foremost, Corbyn is staunchly pro-immigration. In both the recent TV debate and in Parliament, he has repeatedly emphasised the economic and social contributions made by immigrants to Britain. Having such a vocal defender of immigration as candidate for leadership of the UK’s second largest political party is great news for libertarians, who can disregard Corbyn’s support for a planned economy whilst capitalising on freedom of movement inching into the Overton Window.

Secondly, Corbyn has spent much of his political career campaigning against military interventionism. Inspired by a universal (rather than nationalistic) outlook, his views on foreign policy sound awfully libertarian:

I argue for a different type of foreign policy based on political and not military solutions; on genuine internationalism that recognises that all human life is precious, no matter what nationality…

Corbyn’s position as potential leader of the Labour Party means that he is perfectly placed to put anti-interventionism at the centre of the political agenda. If by some miracle he actually became leader of the Labour Party, the effectiveness of his pro-immigration, anti-war message would be magnified significantly. That he is even running is something to be welcomed by libertarians.