Libertarian Alliance – Director’s Bulletin, 2nd June 2009


 

Director’s Bulletin
2nd June 2009

Introduction
New Libertarian Alliance Publications
Media Appearances
Speaking Engagements
Property and Freedom Society Conference in Turkey
Libertarian Alliance Events
Libertarian Alliance Book Recommendation
Libertarian Alliance Conference
Video Hosting Service Wanted

Introduction

My Baby Bear has worn me out, but my new novel is now finished, give or take the revisions. Though I have much else to do as well, I am now able to spend more time on Libertarian Alliance duties. So, here is my new Bulletin.

New Libertarian Alliance Publications

Keith Preston, Free Enterprise: The Antidote to Corporate Plutocracy,
Economic Notes, No 112
http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/econn/econn112.htm
http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/econn/econn112.pdf
Kevin Dowd, Lessons from the Financial Crisis: A Libertarian Perspective,
Economic Notes, No 111
http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/econn/econn111.htm
http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/econn/econn111.pdf

While on the subject of publications, I will take the opportunity here to announce to the whole world what I have been telling people for several years in e-mails of response. If there is anything published by us that you want to republish, on the Internet or in hard copy, please feel free to do so. We do not ask for payment. We do not require to be asked in advance, or to be sent copies of republished material. In return for this general licence, we ask the following:

* That the Author and the Libertarian Alliance should receive full attribution in any republication;.
* That the Author’s words should not be edited to bring him or the Libertarian Alliance into hatred, ridicule or contempt;
* That if a work is republished by any organisation that normally pays for material, the Author should receive fair payment.

Media Appearances

I am on the radio sometimes three times a week. For example, I had a good row on the BBC yesterday with someone from the Fabian Society. I accused him of talking like a burst water main. He called me a fascist for not agreeing that people should be forced to go out and vote in elections, whether or not the candidates were any good. Sadly, I was too disorganised to record the event. Also, since my Great Reformat of April, I still have not reinstalled my software for recording BBC programmes from the Internet. I promise to try harder over the next few months.

Speaking Engagements

I have spoken during the past few months at the following meetings:

Monday, 16th February 2009, 7:30pm – Conservative Future meeting, Westminster. I did have my video camera with me. However, I spoke from beside an air conditioning machine, and thought it best to leave the camera turned off. Instead, I wrote my speech up. you can find it here:

http://www.seangabb.co.uk/flcomm/flc181.htm

Sunday, 22nd February 2009, 2pm – Marlborough Group meeting, The Town Hall, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1AL. I spoke here about the need for conservatives to bear in mind that all the things they have defended for the past hundred years have now been destroyed or co-opted, and that conservatives must start to think how conservative values in the future can be embodied in what may have to be a revolutionary settlement. I recorded this meeting, and you can see the video at

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-1760896777516663004&ei=E1YlSv7QOo33-AbJt_y5Aw&q=%22sean+gabb%22

Thursday, 26th February 2009, The Oxford Union. I opposed the motion "This House Would Restrict The Free Speech of Extremists". I spoke very well, and was told that my speech was the best of the evening. The Oxford Union, though, does not allow recording, and so my burst of eloquence is now a fading memory.

March and April 2009, various school debates on the European Union. Again, I was not able to record most of these. But here is one rather low grade recording that I did make. I will upload this in the next few days and send out another announcement.

Property and Freedom Society Conference in Turkey

At the end of May, I attended the fourth annual conference of the Property and Freedom Society in Turkey. As ever, this was an intellectually glittering occasion. I have published my own speech "What is the Ruling Class" here: http://www.seangabb.co.uk/flcomm/flc183.htm. I also helped make a full video record of the whole conference. Most of the recordings are of excellent quality, and these will be uploaded to the Internet within the next few weeks.

Libertarian Alliance Events

Tuesday 17th March 2009 - The Second Annual Chris R. Tame Memorial Lecture. Professor Kevin Dowd: Lessons from the Financial Crisis: A Libertarian Perspective. Text of this lecture available at:

http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/econn/econn111.htm
http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/econn/econn111.pdf

Video available at:

http://www.truveo.com/20090317-Kevin-Dowd-Libertarian-View-of-the/id/439596327

Monday 8th June 2009 – a meeting of the other Libertarian Alliance. Christian Michel, European Director of the Libertarian Alliance and President of the Libertarian International, will speak on "Why We have Rights". Christian is a profound thinker and brilliant speaker and writer. I regret that I must look after my Baby Bear all day next Monday. But I do urge all who can to go to this meeting.

The meeting will start at 7:00pm in the upstairs room at The Camden Head, 100 High Street, London NW1 0LU, which is near Mornington Crescent tube station and the
statute of Richard Cobden. Admission Free

Libertarian Alliance Book Recommendation

My very dear friend, Richard Blake, that his latest novel, The Terror of Constantinople has met with universal applause. The hardback edition has now sold out, and Hodder and Stoughton are considering whether to reprint or to break out the export paperbacks. You can order copies from Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/bgx5a2. You really should order a copy – preferably two or three dozen copies.

Here is a fine review of the novel by Kevin Carson, the great mutualist libertarian:

http://mutualist.blogspot.com/2009/05/terror-of-constantinople-by-richard.htm

Here is another fine review by L. Neil Smith, the great science fiction novelist and equally great radical libertarian:

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2009/tle521-20090531-02.html

And I must recommend Kevin Carson’s own new book, Organization Theory. In a sense, the main point of the book is hardly new to libertarians – that the big business capitalism we see around us is not the same as a free market. But Mr Carson makes his case with an accumulation of evidence and a consistent radicalism of analysis, that I doubt if any libertarian can finish the book without having undergone some kind of transformation. The book is a brilliant and original contribution to libertarian thought in the broadest sense, and will soon be accepted as one of the classics of our movement.

I will review Organization Theory as soon as I have decided where I agree and where I disagree with it. In the meantime, you can buy copies here: http://tinyurl.com/r6cn35

Buy now and buy often. $39.99 sounds a lot of money. But divide this by 656 pages of analysis that ranges between the interesting and the brilliant – and you will agree that copies would make excellent Christmas presents.

Libertarian Alliance Conference

This has been set for the last weekend in October 2009 at the National Liberal Club in London. I will send out a separate announcement regarding speakers and subjects. However, bearing in mind the continuing economic collapse, we have decided for a second year to keep the conference fee at the old rate of �85. So many of our friends have now lost their jobs and are facing hard times in the year ahead, that we feel obliged to dip further into our reserves to subsidise the conference. Do stand by for more detailed announcements.

Video Hosting Service Wanted

For the past few years, I have been uploading large amounts of video to Googlevideo. This service is no longer available, and I am in urgent need of a new hosting service. Can anyone suggest an alternative? The Libertarian Alliance is able to pay a reasonable price for this. What we want is a hosting service that will not go out of business in the near future, that will allow our videos to be found right across the Internet, and that is not worried by hour after hour of speeches in 500MB files.


Sean Gabb
Director, The Libertarian Alliance
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One response to “Libertarian Alliance – Director’s Bulletin, 2nd June 2009

  1. Thanks a lot for the plug, Sean. I look forward to your review. Your comment above, “…I doubt if any libertarian can finish the book without having undergone some kind of transformation,” is itself the best I could hope for in a review.