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Samizdata[1] is a British group weblog. Founded on 2 November 2001 by Perry de Havilland and originally named ‘Libertarian Samizdata’, it dropped the label due to the unhappiness of editors to subscribe to a particular label.[2]

Edited by "anarcho-libertarians, tax rebels, Eurosceptics, and Wildean individualists", Samizdata is one of the UK's oldest blogs.[3] The editors describe as "a blog for people with a critically rational individualist perspective. We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous...".[4]

In 2005, The Guardian wrote that it was "by some measures the nation's most successful independent blog", with over 15,000 unique visitors a day, and "arguably the grandfather of British political blogs".[2] In 2008, The Observer labelled it as one of the fifty most powerful blogs in the world.[5][3]


  1. ^ derived from Samizdat, a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR
  2. ^ a b Burkeman, Oliver (17 November 2005). "The New Commentariat". The Guardian. p. G2:8. 
  3. ^ a b "The World's 50 Most Powerful Blogs". The Observer. 9 March 2008. 
  4. ^ - main blog
  5. ^ Brad (17 June 2015). "Powell update on blogging". Retrieved 19 September 2015.