Libertarian Alliance News Release 78: 12th January 2010


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The Libertarian Alliance
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: Monday 12th January 2010
Release Time: Immediate
Contact Details:
Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@libertarian.co.uk
For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr077.htm

"BAN ON ISLAM4UK: A DEFEAT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH,", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK


The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties institute, today condemns the banning of the radical group Islam4UK as a violation of the right to freedom of speech. [Under the Terrorism Act 2000, a group can be banned if it "commits or participates in acts of terrorism, prepares for, promotes or encourages terrorism or is otherwise concerned in terrorism". Islam4UK disagrees with the Western occupation of Afghanistan, and has made its opposition plain. The banning order will come into effect on Thursday and wil make it a criminal offence to be a member, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.]

Speaking today in London, Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, comments:

"The rights to freedom of speech and association are fundamental to a free society. So far as these rights are diminished, that society becomes less free. I was born in a country where these rights had been enjoyed for centuries. I have reached middle age in a politically correct police state where the Government is now trying to criminalise dissent.

"We do not agree that British soldiers in Afghanistan are rapists and murderers. We were offended by the decision of Islam4UK to say this in a march. We certainly would not welcome the transformation of this country into an Islamic state, which is desired by Islam4UK. However, the group has not attacked life or property within the United Kingdom, nor has it recommended attacks on the life or property of any identifiable British individual. This makes the group a victim of oppression by the British State.

"Just because we may disagree with or be offended by certain views does not give us the right to suppress those views. We support the right of Islam4UK to oppose the war in Afghanistan and to argue for an Islamic takeover of the United Kingdom. In the same way, we support the right of others to argue that Moslems should have no right to live in the United Kingdom. The Libertarian Alliance believes in equal liberty for all to speak their minds. Free speech that does not include the right to give offence is not free speech. It is the political equivalent of decaffeinated coffee.

"If people are upset by what they read or hear, let them ignore it or argue against it. There is no place in such debates for the Thought Police."

The Libertarian Alliance believes:

* That the Race Relations Act 1976 should be repealed;
* That the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 should be repealed;
* That, pending repeal, the Race Regulations subsequent to these Acts should be withdrawn;
* That those sections of the Public Order Act 1986 dealing with speech and publication should be repealed;
* That those sections of the Criminal Justice Act 1998 dealing with "racial aggravation" of offences should be repealed;
* That the Commission for Racial Equality and all similar organisations should be abolished, and their records burned;
* That the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 should be repealed;
* That all the Terrorist Acts should be repealed;
* That all those convicted of thought crimes under the above laws should be pardoned and, where appropriate, compensated;
* That the Human Rights Act 1998 should be amended to protect the right of people to say anything they like about public issues, and to associate or not associate as they please.

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Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His latest book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, may be downloaded for free from http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. It may also be bought. His other books are available from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at sean@libertarian.co.uk

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The Libertarian International – http://www.libertarian.to – is a sister organisation to the Libertarian Alliance. Its mission is to coordinate various initiatives in the defence of individual liberty throughout the world.

Sean Gabb’s personal website – http://www.seangabb.co.uk – contains about a million words of writings on themes interesting to libertarians and conservatives.

Hampden Press – http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.- the publishing house of the Libertarian Alliance.

Liberalia – http://www.liberalia.com – maintained by by LA Executive member Christian Michel, Liberalia publishes in-depth papers in French and English on libertarianism and free enterprise. It is a prime source of documentation on these issues for students and scholars.

Libertarian Alliance News Release 78: 12th January 2010

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7 responses to “Libertarian Alliance News Release 78: 12th January 2010

  1. The correct link for this news release is: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr078.htm

    Many apologies.

  2. Natural rights are the gifts of our Creator, not government. It is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, describing individual freedom. It only exists in America and is under assault today. Free individuals are the only pebble-droppers; the nails sticking up that government people are afraid of tripping over and seek to hammer down. It also means individual self-interest is more important than are the interest of communities. Obama and modern Democrats are opposed to that, as they are united in their support of Rousseau and Marx, not Jefferson and Madison. Check claysamerica.com for a new book, SAVE PEBBLE DROPPERS & PROSPERITY, soon to be on Amazon.com.

  3. In other news on this day, there began an “historic” trial without jury in which the judge is to decide the guilt of the defendants.

    Things aren’t looking so good, are they?

  4. I noted the non-Jury trial, but decided not to comment, others having done it so much better, such as Tom Paine at The Last Ditch.

    There is only so much anti-Enemy-Class ire that can reasonably and profitably be engendered at one time.

  5. David, I wasn’t suggesting an omission- just noting how many things which were once unthinkable are now the stuff of routine…

  6. I know, Ian, it’s really very sad.

    At my age, thoughts sometimes creep in – tell in not in Gath – of giving up on the whole enterprise.

    If we could get the revolution (I mean the proper one, which is to say, putting things back to where we thought they ought to be, which is to say, a “revo-lution”) do you think it would be a hard thing to do?

    After all, “The Science Is Settled” as to what a liberal-classical-minimalist-statist civilisation would look like. We did experience, evanescently, something like it, once.

    Unfortunately, Anglo-Socialism – a concept in which I am coming to believe – got its teeth into our ankles. I’d like you to write more about ths stuff as I think it’d be useful to everyone: sorry if that sounds condescending, it was not meant to be.

  7. Steven Northwood

    Clay; I prefer to say that we get our natural rights from our existence as individuals, as this allows for Atheism. I do believe that there is some supreme being or reason for everything, but without proof I think it wise to not believe too fully.