Director's Bulletin, 13th December 2011

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Libertarian Alliance Director’s Bulletin
13th December 2011

Various things to report in what may – though may not – be the last Libertarian Alliance bulletin of the year.

1. I spoke to the Manchester Young Libertarians on the 2nd December 2011. Though my video camera is currently not all that I might wish it to be, I did manage to make an audio recording of “Libertarianism: Left or Right?” Here it is.

2. On the 5th December 2011, I wrote an essay on the Emma West case. I did send this to you at the time. But I also published it on the LA blog, and it has generated much interesting comment there. Here it is.

3. One of my friends is an anarcho-communist – that is, he believes that an extended society can function without either market institutions or state force to coordinate human action. I am unpersuaded by his claim that reciprocal altruism will do the job. Even so, he is doing his best to defend his system against libertarian attack. And it has so far been a polite debate. If you are interested, see it all here.

4. My review of the Civitas book on leaving the European Union was published recently by The Seoul Times.

5. Here is my hostile review of an introductory text on multiculturalism.

6. Here is my review of a very good libertarian novel by Jerome Tuccille.

7. Here is the Introduction to my Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power. The first edition of this sold out within days in 2005. A second edition is now available. If you like the Introduction, there is a link to allow you to buy both hard copy and Kindle versions of the whole book.

8. Here is the Introduction to my Literary Essays. If you like this, there is a link to allow you to buy both hard copy and Kindle versions.

9. Here are the first six chapters of my novel The Churchill Memorandum, again with a link to allow you to buy the whole in hard copy and Kindle versions.

Now, you may groan at my continued and often frenzied promotion of the books that I and my good friend Mr Blake have written. However, let me put this to you. The Libertarian Alliance is radical. It is fearless. It does not run away from “difficult” issues. Twenty years ago, we jumped to the defence of a dozen or so homosexual men who had been convicted under the assault laws for consensual acts in private. We did this at a time when the standard response was to pull disgusted faces or simply snigger at the reports of what these men had done with each other. This month, we have been the only libertarian body in the country to protest at the arrest of a white working class woman who said unfashionable things on a tram. If she is allowed to purge her heresy at the show trial booked for January, and is released and given her children back, it will be in part because of our willingness to carry protest beyond the various nationalist movements.

We do much else. We publicise the full range of libertarian and related arguments. We publish long essays on music and the arts. We have one of the largest and most scholarly libertarian websites in the world. Our speakers go all over the country, and sometimes as far as Turkey. We are on the radio or television at least once a week. We are published in local and national newspapers in this country, and in the foreign press. Towards the end of 2012, we are planning to hold a conference on Christianity and Libertarianism.

You may not like all that we do. You may think we are too radical at times – too willing to discuss unpopular issues. Well, it is because of us that the other policy institutes are able to look so respectable. So long as we are here, it is hard to denounce Civitas and the Institute of Economic Affairs as run by swivel-eyed maniacs. We define the extreme point of the free market-conservative-libertarian spectrum in this country.

We do this without a penny of corporate funding. Of course, corporate funding always comes with strings, and it is because wee have never had any that we are able to be radical and fearless. But it also means that, financially, the officers of the Libertarian Alliance put much, much more into the organisation than we ever take out.

I am not the only officer of the Libertarian Alliance. But I am the most prominent. I am the one who usually gets published and does the public speaking. The reason I can do this is that I don’t currently need a nine-to-five job. I make my living by writing and selling books. The more books I sell, the more effective I can be as Director of the Libertarian Alliance.

Therefore, I do ask you to buy some of my books. You can buy books by Sean Gabb here, and books by Richard Blake here. Buy them for yourself. Buy them as Christmas/Hannukah/Diwali/Kwanzaa presents for your loved ones. Buy them to present to schools. Whatever the case, do buy them. Kindle books come at once. Hard copy takes an average of three days, anywhere in the world.

If you want a signed copy of anything, contact me directly.

Or, if you simply want to make a donation to the Libertarian Alliance, go here. You will notice there is even a facility for anonymous donation!

In closing, whatever you may celebrate around the winter solstice, have a good one. You’ll probably never be this free again!

Sean Gabb
The Libertarian Alliance