Conservatives for Liberty

If there is one thing the libertarian movement lacks it is strong institutions. Given our pro-prosperity and pro-market bent it is noticable that money isn’t being thrown at setting up more of them, by people who have money and feel they deserve to keep it. Perhaps the answer is that there are too few good people who not only possess the correct ideas, which is hard enough, but also the disposition, qualifications and personal circumstances to put ideas into action.

Paul Nizinskyj, a Conservative party member has decided he is such a person, has stood up, and has done something about. He joins the ranks of a very small group to have done this in a party and parliamentary context and in March of this year, in the middle of my wedding preparations, started a sub grouping of Conservatives for Liberty. Fear not though, the group – now officially endorsed by Dan Hannan, launches on October 14th – you have not missed the party.

I for one did miss Paul’s stirring words on The Libertarian in April:

myself and my colleague Joe Markham established Conservatives for Liberty last month. After watching far too many of our friends and comrades leave the Conservative party under a cloud of disillusion, no longer believing it was for people like them, we realised there was no organisation within the party advocating both economic and social liberalism in the same breath.

Hannan-conservatives-for-liberty-logo-300x200The movement has its poster boys, of course – Daniel Hannan, Douglas Carswell, Syed Kamall, Alan Duncan, JP Floru – yet no one group focuses these voices and those of ordinary party members into a klaxon reaching out to liberals and libertarians with the call ‘this party is for you!’

As it happens, all the politicians named above have joined the advisory board of Conservatives for Liberty and Daniel Hannan has kindly accepted the role of honorary president. With their guidance, myself and Joe aim to make Conservatives for Liberty a strong, active and – most importantly – loud voice for the libertarian tendency in the party.

I personally would struggle to feel comfortable in the Conservative Party – I feel I would fail to persuade many of them into objectivism – but this website is a portal and a home for all those in the UK who are driven to apply the non agression principle as consistently as they believe is possible, and who endorse social and economic liberty. You may feel that Conservatives for Liberty is for you, or you may not, but I strongly suggest keeping an eye on them and offering them our respect for getting something moving.

  3 comments for “Conservatives for Liberty

  1. Paul Marks
    Aug 31, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Libertarian institutions tend to get subverted – like all those Chairs of Free Enterprise at American universities (set up by the charity of “dead, white males”) that soon get filled by social democrats.

    Go to listen to a lad from the “Free Market” ASI – and you will get a talk on “Social Justice” and how people are more free now (under a bigger government) than they were when government was smaller…..

    Go to a debate between a “Free Banker” and the biographer of Keynes – and you will hear them BOTH agree (against Hayek as well as Mises and Rothbard) that there should be government intervention to support a banker credit bubble – that “liquidation” must be avoided (avoided by government intervention). The most shocking thing about that debate was that the libertarians in the audience did not even seem to know that the person they had come to support had just sold out – right in front of them.

    And on and on.

    What can be done about this?

    Other than giving all power over a libertarian institution to me (assuming that I can stay awake – I am older than my birth certificates says, most people who have lived a life like mine are dead by my age), I do not know.

    Well actually I do know.

    Read and study and think – and then act.

    DO NOT TOLERATE people speaking in your name (as free market people) who are talking a lot of statist drivel.

    Do not give money to organisations like the ASI – till they get rid of statists in their employ (the “Sanction of the victim” as Ayn Rand put it).

    And if someone says (in front of you) that, in effect, Free Banking means government (or Central Bank) support for banker credit bubbles, stand up and say……

    “No it does not. Get out of this hall – your appearance here (supposedly to defend the free market position) is a fraud, you are here under false pretences, Get out of this lecture hall or you will feel my boot up your backside as I kick you out”.

    Not prepared to do that?

    Well then there is no hope.

    And it is not a “violation of the nonaggression principle” as we pay these people to do a job – to defend the free market case. If they actually subvert this job (subvert the free market case) we must have the right to kick them out.

    Now I must go off to my own job – or one of them.

    • Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Hear hear! The fake libertarians for the chop first. Beware the sheeple in wolf’s clothing.

    • Aug 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      I agree and I don’t. I think idealogical purity serves a purpose, but unless we build a coalition we won’t acheive anything. The problem is communicating the variety of viewpoints to a dissinterested apathetic public. As a start, I have moved this post to a new category.

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