Category Archives: Announcements

Happy (and peculiarly late) Easter to our readers

David Davis

It’s 2014, and almost four years after (some of us) elected a load of self-regarding cheapskate tightwad moochers who were thought to be slightly less venal that the previous thirteen years of identical moochers.

In reality little has changed: the moochers and the bureaucrats are still in charge, but mostly busy trying to defame, talk down and generally smear another lot of wannabe-moochers. Although the ferocity with which this is being conducted suggests that the parvenu-moochers aren’t quite like the incumbent moochers, and may actually reduce career-mooching opportunities if allowed to get near the “destruct” levers.

We can but hope: it’s all there is now.

Problem with Comments

Another problem with comments on this Blog. Some are going into our spam trap. Others are going into a moderation file. It sometimes takes half a day before we notice this has happened. Apologies when this happens.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as WordPress sorts itself out. In the meantime, some comments may take a while to appear.

Watch your arses (number-142a)

David Davis

A number of years ago, Richard Littlejohn wrote about the EU using this dreadful device in his novel “To Hell In A Handcart”. In his story, the people win. I’m not so sure about how reality will pan out.

Now, people, do you still want to remain in the EU after reading this? Expect the cars of all libertarian, classical-liberal and other anti-EU bloggers to be “remotely stopped” frequently.

Many years before this, in fact in about 1985, Bernard Adamczewski gave a talk at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, saying that the coming technological revolution (this was before the internet, remember) would free people from government tyranny. He seems to have become wrong about this.

(I know when it was, for I have a b/w photo of him and me talking there, on the wall of my Library. And I know which suits and tie I wore that year.)

I think that few of us spotted this one coming. EU reintroduces death penalty via LISBON “in the case of war, riots, upheaval”

David Davis

I think it might be time to flag this one to The Faithful. Some of us may not have noticed it – I certainly didn’t. Do you read Eurotreaties? I do not, for I have not time.

And since it was in a footnote to a footnote to something that few if any normal people would be willing or able to spend the time reading through comprehensively, we all might be forgiven.

The entire notion now throws, into ever-sharper focus, this Nation’s relationship with the EU. I have nothing to add to that sentence for you may all have your own thoughts.

As we all know, I am not in favour of modern States being able to take life: this is because in all cases the right to do that to another human has been denied by the state’s law.

If I have not a right to end someone’s life who has wronged me and mine, and if my arms and guns and kitchen-knives and screwdrivers have been seized off me in that regard,  then I also have not the right to delegate that right to Continue reading

New Book by Keith Preston

Attack the System

Attack the System

Product Code: 978-0-9927365-0-7 Book: Attack the System Author: Keith Preston ISBN-13: 978-0-9927365-0-7 Binding: Paperback Publisher: Black House Publishing Ltd Number Of Pages: 466 booklanguage: English Reward Points: 0 Availability: In Stock

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Modern anarchist movements have existed for over 150 years. The blag flag of anarchy remains a symbol of political rebellion, particularly for restless or disenchanted young people. However, Keith Preston argues in this volume that anarchism has reached a crossroads as a political philosophy. He criticizes many contemporary anarchists as anachronistic, shallow, or even status quo in their thinking. It is Preston’s contention that anarchist movements will have to grow intellectually and forge new strategic paths for themselves if they are to become politically relevant in the twenty-first century.

Preston offers a substantive critique of not only his fellow anarchists, but of the condition of Western civilization itself. He recognizes the process of unprecedented centralization of political and economic power that is now taking place on a global scale. Preston’s response is an unhesitating call for revolutionary action against this emerging global order. He likewise offers a critique of the inadequacies of the both the Left and Right and suggests this archaic model of the political spectrum should be discarded. It is Keith Preston’s contention that anarchism should reclaim the position it held over a century ago, that of the premiere revolutionary movement throughout the world.

Preston introduces his visionary tactic of “pan-secessionism” as a means of developing mutual cooperation between resistance movements with widely varying cultural and ideological values. Drawing upon an eclectic array of philosophical and historical currents, Keith Preston offers a revolutionary political vision of decentralized pluralism manifested as a world of self-managed communities.


Curse of Babylon Out Today in Paperback

Ghosts of Athens

Happy Christmas and a Free and Prosperous 2014

Virgin and Child enthroned (867), apse mosaic in the Great Church in Constantinople

A Happy Christmas from The Libertarian Alliance

Nicholas Dykes

Kevin MacFarlane has e-mailed me as given below in dark blue. On behalf of the Libertarian Alliance, I send Nick all good wishes for a speedy and a full recovery. Our thoughts are with him this Christmas. SIG

I received a voicemail from Nick Dykes the other day asking me to tell everyone that he is still alive. He suffered a stroke a few weeks ago as described to me by his wife…

‘It was a “subarachnoid haemorrhage” and happened very early on the Sunday morning, the paramedic came very quickly and he was taken first to Hereford and then on to the QE in Birmingham.  He was out of intensive care by the Thursday, back in on Monday with pneumonia but is now making good progress.  His left side was very weak but that has improved enormously and although he is very muddled, to our amazement yesterday, he answered 14 clues in the Telegraph quick crossword!  He is also giving us lots of philosophical thoughts!

So, it has been a bit of a roller coaster but I am very pleased with his progress. I don’t know how long he is going to be in B’ham but I think he will go back to Hereford before coming home.’

In his voicemail message he did appear sound of mind but I’ve no idea what physical damage may have ensued.

On the Death of Lenin

On The Death Of Lenin

First Published: Pravda, January 30, 1924;
Source: J. V. Stalin, Selected Works, The “8 Nëntori” Publishing House, Albania, 1979;
Transcription and Mark-up: B. and Mike B., August 2004

Comrades, we Communists are people of a special mould. We are made of a special stuff. We are those who form the army of the great proletarian strategist, the army of Comrade Lenin. There is nothing higher than the honour of belonging to this army. There is nothing higher than the title of member of the Party whose founder and leader was Comrade Lenin. It is not given to everyone to be a member of such a party. It is the sons of the working class, the sons of want and struggle, the sons of incredible privation and heroic effort who before all should be members of such a party. That is why the Party of the Leninists, the Party of the Communists, is also called the Party of the working class.



Now all the tests have been done, Dr Choi assures me that the lump on my right testicle is not cancer and is unlikely to kill me. It still hurts, though. It feels like someone is jamming a sharpened pencil into the afflicted part.

Article to follow when the balance of my mind has returned to what counts with me as normal – plus when I’ve decided it won’t tempt providence to write about my experiences of the past nine days.

Indeed, I will write an article. Dr Tame and my father-in-law might both still be alive if they’d hit the panic button like I did, rather than choosing to hope for the best until it was too late. Though it turned out there was nothing seriously wrong with me, that didn’t mean I was mistaken to take immediate action. The least I can do is preach the gospel of hypochondria to all who will listen.

But, oh, the pain, the continuing PAIN….

New Member of Libertarian Alliance Committee

I am both delighted and honoured to be able to announce that Professor John Kersey has accepted our invitation to join the Committee of the Libertarian Alliance as Director of Cultural Affairs.

A most distinguished musician, theologian, educator, essayist and traditionalist and libertarian, John has been very active on the LA Blog during the past few months. He brings considerable strengths to our organisation.


You Have All Been Warned!

Why I’m not Wearing a Poppy

Why I’m not Wearing a Poppy
by D.J. Webb

Once again the annual row on the wearing of poppies is taking place. The powers that be are against patriotism on principle, although there is considerable contradiction in running a society and not being supportive of it. However, the issue has been rather muddied for me by Britain‘s habit of sending young men abroad into wars that have no conceivable connection to our national interest. I support our soldiers unconditionally, whether the wars are justified or not, as they are British soldiers. I also feel very sorry for those wounded, or killed, in wars staged for the convenience of the liberal elite. But I have not worn a poppy for several years now. Continue reading

Libertarian Alliance Appeal

The Libertarian Alliance has had a bill for £700 for Internet services. I can pay this out of my own pocket, but would rather not. Would anyone like to contribute towards payment? Any excess will be spent on posting some of our books to public and university libraries.

We are the oldest and most prominent libertarian movement in the United Kingdom. Our blog is filled with interesting and original essays. Our spokesmen are on the radio at least once a week. In the past year alone, our Officers have published four books. My obituary of Margaret Thatcher was reprinted in full by The Independent. Our material is republished in newspapers all over the world. Whether to get someone on air, or just to talk something through, we are the first point of contact for much of the British media.

Our only failing is our inability to ask for money. We are far too polite to join in the competitive begging of other organisations. We get round this by keeping our total costs to about £2000 a year, and by covering all shortfalls in funding from our own resources. Our total income is probably less than other less active organisations spend on tea and biscuits. However, my wife is angry with me today. She says she doesn’t expect the Libertarian Alliance to make a profit – but that I should do something to make it cover its main operating costs.

So here is my appeal for donations. You can send cheques to our London maildrop – Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, London W1J 6HL, England. Or you can send money directly, via credit card and PayPal, to here.

Oh, and here is our general page by which we solicit donations:

Every little helps, and will be privately acknowledged. Anyone who gives us more than £100 will get a signed copy of my new book in defence of freedom of speech.


Sean Gabb

Spam Filter Again

I have just unblocked more alleged spam by Neil Lock, Mr Ecks and Keir Martland.

This is really getting on my tits. A man of my age and eminence should not have to spend so much of his time sifting through hundreds of spam comments about penis enlargements and fake leather coats. I am in need of neither.

Sadly, I can see no alternative.

Summer Sale: The Churchill Memorandum

I have reduced the Kindle price of The Churchill Memorandum to £2.70.

Buy before I change the price again.

Yet Another Novel by Richard Blake

The Curse of Babylon
by Richard Blake
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 1st August 2013
496pp, £14.99
Kindle Version £7.99
ISBN: 8-1444709735

Richard Blake’s novel The Curse of Babylon, is due out on the 1st August 2013, from Hodder & Stoughton. His earlier novels have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Complex Chinese. This is the sixth in his series of critically-acclaimed and internationally best-selling historical thrillers. Continue reading

Problems with this Blog

For the past few weeks, comments have been going at random into our spam filter. Now, for the past few days, I’ve had problems accessing the blog. Half the time, it seems to be down.

Is this a problem at my end? If so, it affects all the computers on my home network. Or is it a general problem? If so, any help or advice would be much appreciated.

Ode on the Birth of a Son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

by Jasmine Kwe Kwe Akimbo

Praise be to Balding Billy,
Whose heir will have a willy,
Which, thank God, will surely mean
Not another bloody Queen.

Miss Akimbo is Chair of the Lewisham Poetry Collective


On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Alliance, I wish to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.

Ode on my new Sheaffer Imperial 444

I have a pretty pen.
It makes me young again,
And just like other men,
To have a pretty pen.

David Botsford RIP

I’ve just heard from Kevin McFarlane that David Botsford died earlier this month in London of a suspected heart attack. He was 49.

He was, in the 1980s and 90s, one of the most prolific Libertarian Alliance authors. Here is a partial listing of his writings for us:

I will, when I have more facts, write an obituary. Until then, my sympathies to all his friends and loved ones. Here is the longest notice of his death that Nigel Meek has been able to find:

Former British Weekly columnist David Botsford dead at 49

July 12, 2013 5:02 pm

The British Weekly received some sad news on Thursday with the death of David Botsford, a former columnist for this newspaper, and an occasional guest editor, most recently in April of 2012. David died at his mother’s home in central London. The cause of death was not available at press time. He was just 49 years old.

David Botsford (left) was a history graduate of King’s College, London, who held a variety of jobs in film production, editing and information technology before moving into hypnotherapy in the early 1990s. He had a busy practice in London’s Notting Hill and Harley Street, specializing in smoking cessation and eating disorders. He moved to Florida four years ago, hoping to expand his business into the American market.

David was a talented writer and a kind and generous friend to all who knew him. He was also a gifted raconteur and a lively dinner table companion. As one of his friends wrote this week on Facebook: ‘Whenever David was around there was never a dull moment, he always had something interesting to say whatever the subject being discussed and liked nothing better than the intellectual challenge of arguing against the status quo.’

David leaves behind his sister, Elizabeth, and his mother, Pamela. He will be greatly missed by this newspaper, and by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

New Book from Sean Gabb, Coming Soon

Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely ProspectsNote: The Cover isn’t quite finished yet. Also, this is the de luxe edition for libraries and collectors with money to burn. There will soon be paperback and Kindle editions at much lower prices. However, the hardback cover will be fully settled by Monday. If you want to add it to your library, or present it as a gift to one of those hard-to-please loved ones, please feel free to buy a copy.

Problem with Comments

For some reason I don’t understand, comments on this blog by David Webb, Ian B, David Wiggins and Paul Marks are being marked as spam. I’m currently not able to investigate this, but will do what I can to see that normal service is maintained.

A Small Step to the Restoration of Free Speech

Note: The Libertarian Alliance did send a long complaint last year to the Director of Public Prosecutions, all about the censorship laws. I wrote this while in Slovakia, and am unable to lay hands on it at the moment. However, we can claim a tiny share of the credit for these new guidelines. We did suggest that the laws in question should simply be repealed. For the moment, this will do. SIG Continue reading

Young Man Wanted

Note: If you fancy applying for this, don’t mention that you saw the advert here. Do that, and you’ll find yourself counting the paving stones in Great Smith Street. SIG Continue reading

Berlin International Libertarian Meetup

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Join us on June 27 at 8 pm at Brauhaus Lemke next to Hackescher Markt!

English-speaking Libertarians in Berlin meet for drinks and networking every fourth Thursday each month!

Brauhaus Lemke is a Berlin Brewhouse that brews and serves its own beer. If the weather is nice we will be able to meet outside in the beer garden!

Please register by replying sending an email to:

Invitations for future events will be sent to the subscribers of this group.

Veranstalter: Berlin International Libertarian Meetup
Kontakt: Michael Helfer, Gregor Schulmeister, Denis Maciel
Beginn: 20:00 Uhr
Ende: 22:30 Uhr
Adresse: Brauhaus Lemke, Dircksenstraße, S-Bahn-Bogen 143, 10178 Berlin,

Director’s Bulletin, 26th May 2013

Sean Gabb

Here, to entertain or instruct, is a fairly complete listing of Libertarian Alliance publications from the past few months.

I am pleased to say that our Blog has now been joined by several other contributors, and that it is now easily the most active and intellectually rigorous libertarian blog in Britain. Persistence aside, we have achieved this in a number of ways. First, we insist on good writing. Second, we insist on writing at length. Third we make a point of not moderating comments unless they seem likely to get us into trouble with the authorities. The result is comfort in diversity.

This can be seen to best effect, perhaps, in our extended symposium on the Legacy of Margaret Thatcher. Here, comments range from the savage to the eulogistic. She was always a divisive figure among libertarians, and it would have been ridiculous not to let this be reflected in our coverage. This drew wide attention. My own essays on her were republished in newspapers all over the world, and one of them was reprinted by The Independent.

I have grouped essays roughly in order of theme, though This should be seen as a very rough grouping.

If you want to contribute to our Blog as an author, do contact me. Otherwise, feel free to comment on any of the published essays. Frequently, the comments are at least as interesting as the main posting. This is partly because we tend to attract intelligent and fluent commenters, and partly because, as said, we hardly ever moderate what comments are posted.

As ever, I give some attention to the novels of Richard Blake. He is England’s only libertarian novelist published within the mainstream. You can buy any of his books by following the links on the right sidebar of our Blog.

Otherwise, do feel free to make a financial donation to our efforts. The Libertarian Alliance is a unique institution in England and within the libertarian movement at large. We are outspoken on issues where other people duck for cover. We receive no corporate support. Our budget is so minimal, I no longer strain credulity by revealing it. Please add to it! Go here to donate.

Sean Gabb

Talkin’-’bout my Generation

David Davis

In the late afternoons of our lives, various thoughts occur. I had a cyberchat with my colleague, the Dear Leader of the Libertarian Alliance, Dr Sean Gabb, at some indeterminate time overnight last night. We both agreed on some things:- Continue reading

Emma Goldman: Anarchism and Other Essays, with a new introduction by Keith Preston

Available from Black House Publishing at Amazon.Com

Emma Goldman is often depicted in current academic discourse as a mere prototypical feminist and socialist. Yet this collection of essays by Goldman reveals that she often expressed ideas which many of her present day admirers might find surprising and unsettling. She distrusted the proletariat, wrote disdainfully of the early feminists who were her contemporaries, and even expressed scepticism of women’s suffrage. Goldman was an admirer of Nietzsche and in many ways represents a model of a superior individual who is capable of rising above the herd instincts of the masses and embracing confrontation with danger. She never hesitated to countenance both the ire of public authorities and the scorn of public opinion. As contemporary anarchists have fallen into the mundane habit of politically correct conformity, a full examination of Goldman’s thought suggests the need for a new anarchism that reflects the martial spirit of which Goldman was an exemplary.


Orwell on Modern England


Shock Horror: Statistics that don’t look like barefaced lies!

Note: New socks every month? Clean underclothes every day? Er…. SIG

For more information please contact Mark Hall on 07841779892 or mark

British Men Are Officially Lazy Slobs

Survey reveals bad habits as men “simply can’t be bothered”

Four men out of five admit that they often wear the same pair of underwear two days in a row, a survey on Britain men’s bad habits has revealed.

The results showed a litany of shocking behaviour from both single men and men living with a partner, including a lack of both personal and domestic cleanliness.

Among the survey results published by, the sock subscription company, are British men who say they rarely do any domestic cleaning, and a worrying percentage who say they have never cleaned a bathroom in their lives.

“We’re all well aware that men have been letting standards slip over recent years,” said Mark Hall, gentleman creation officer at, “but these figures just go to show how far we as a nation have let ourselves go where men simply can’t be bothered.

“And it’s a terrible slippery slope,” said Hall, “Once men stop caring for themselves and their immediate surroundings, they also stop caring for those around them.”

The Men’s Personal Habits Survey showed: Continue reading

The good is oft-interr-ed with their bones

David Davis

Since Margaret Thatcher is to be in-terr-ed tomorrow, I just thought we’d throw one last punch at her enemies and ours. I found this wonderful piece on The Last Ditch the other day, and one para deserves to be highlighted in our usual way:-

“If you want to know who freedom’s enemies are, mention her with approval. Mad eyes will light up all around you and foul sentiments will fill the air. Note their names and never leave them alone with anything you value; material, spiritual or ethical.”

Yes of course, I _know_ that we object to her having

(a) made the British State more efficient – as a recipe for disaster one would recommend this since the British-Political-Enemyclass is efficient already at making a powerful tyrannical state, and

(b) because she failed to absolutely destroy socialism at home and in the world, before members of that same EnemyClass destroyed her.

But I think that Tom Paine’s paragraph sums up who we are up against, whatever we as classical liberals think of Thatcher herself. I think we can lay her to rest now. May The Iron Lady Rust In Peace.


I’ve just added a new contributor to this Blog. He will post as Mustela nivalis.

Also, I’ve closed all postings over 21 days old to further comments. Our Blog Master may decide to change this back. I only suggest that older postings are more prone to attracting spam of various kinds.

My main change – and I defer both to our BM and to the weight of general opinion – is to reconfigure the commenting system, so that later comments are displayed first. I like this, because I don’t need to scroll down and down and down to look for the newest comments. As said, however, this is a change that may be reversed.

Something else I’d like to do is install a proper Facebook module, so that posts can be fully linked. Sadly, this means more digging round on the instruction pages than I have time for at present.


Sean Gabb on the Thatcher Police State (May 1989)

The Full Coercive Apparatus of a Police State:
Thoughts on the Dark Side of the Thatcher Decade

Sean Gabb

3rd May 1989, Published as Legal Notes No. 6, by the Libertarian Alliance,
London, 1989, ISBN 1 870614 39 9

Ten years ago (1979) I gave way to one of my rare bursts of enthusiasm. I was at the time, I’ll grant, still a schoolboy; and these things are always more permissible in them than in others. But, even for a schoolboy, it was a very great burst of enthusiasm. I seriously thought that, along with Mrs Thatcher, the second dawn of classical liberalism had arrived. This was it, I thought. No more socialism. No more national decline. No more Road to Serfdom. Oh, even as lads of my age went, I was naïve. Continue reading

The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Sean Gabb

Much will be said over the next few weeks about the “achievements” of Margaret Thatcher. These will probably divide between Daily Mailish eulogies and Guardianesque whines. My own view is that she was a bad thing for England. Continue reading

Archbishop’s Address Analysed and Answered

Archbishop’s Address Analysed and Answered
Comments on the new Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter sermon
Dr Alan C. Clifford
Norwich Reformed Church Continue reading

Unmatched Bargains on E-Bay!

Much furous bidding encouraged!

Sean Gabb: Speech to a Traditionalist Conservative Group Flash Animation

On Friday the 1st February 2013, a debate took place at The Counting House, which is a pub at the junction of Gracechurch Street and Cornhill in the City of London. The question was How to be a Conservative in 21st Century Britain.

Sean Gabb spoke for the Libertarian Alliance. Sam Swerling spoke for the Swinton Circle. Their speeches were followed by a lively question and answer session. Continue reading


This is an ex cathedra statement, not an invitation to debate. It is made in view of certain comments recently posted on this blog.

The problem with anti-semitic conspiracy theories is that they involve continuous selection. Therefore, you take the fact that Karl Marx was a socialist, and overlook that he was a racist and cultural conservative. You take the fact that Mahler was a musical revolutionary, and overlook that he was a German nationalist. You wholly overlook people like Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises, or Paul Gottfried and Meyer Schiller. You also overlook how many poisonous lefties there seem to be in Israel, calling for open borders and the demotion of Jewish symbols. Continue reading

Unmanly and unEnglish

“Unmanly and unEnglish”
by Sean Gabb
(First Published in The Libertarian Enterprise, 26th August 2012)

Having seen what they can do to others, I generally try to avoid personal disputes. I write this article with some reluctance. But, since I am aware of a directed campaign to blacken my name, I feel that I have no choice but to write it. Continue reading

Paul Marks: Condemnation and Disclaimer

Statement by Sean Gabb
Director of the Libertarian Alliance

I have had my attention drawn to this comment, posted by Paul Marks on our blog:

“It would, of course, be emotionally satisfying to cut Kevin Carson’s Black Flagger (Black Flaggers like Carson will side with the Red Flagger Marxists – indeed they already are and have for years) throat, or blow his head off with a bullet (although he would be more likely to do those things to me) – but it is the job of politics to AVOID THAT SITUATION.”

The comment, I think all will agree, shows a most alarming degeneracy of character. I am shocked. It is not the job of politics to keep us from cutting the throats of those with whom we disagree. No one of good character is tempted even to fantasise about such things. The next time Paul boasts of his conversion to Christianity, or of his instinctive cultural conservatism, or in general of his spotless moral purity, I for one will remember the malevolent and dangerous beast I have seen behind the smiling mask.

In a normal country, this would be the limit of what I need to say. However, I am advised that Paul has committed a crime under the Public Order Act, and the Malicious Communications Act, and under about half a dozen other of the laws that comprise the Thatcher-Blair police state. Regardless of this, he has put us in breach of the terms of service of the organisation that hosts this blog.

Therefore, I will say that Paul’s comment does not, in its particulars or its generality, represent the views of the Libertarian Alliance, and that it fills us with the same abhorrence that any other reasonable man must feel on reading it. We will take no action against him this time. But we are watching him. We require him to place some minimal restraint on his disgusting passions. We have tolerated, and will continue to tolerate, his inability to refrain from vulgar and sometimes hysterical abuse. But a repetition of these murder fantasies will not be so indulgently received.



I have written 280,000 words this year – 20,000 down on last year and the year before, but still worth announcing. I have a new book on freedom of speech coming out next year, among other things.

New CD published by Distinguished Musician and Scholar and Libertarian

A new CD has been published by Romantic Discoveries Recordings.

Piano Music of Sydney Smith (1839-89) volume 2
John Kersey, piano

Total time: 76 minutes 47 seconds

1. Nadeshda, fantasia on the opera by Arthur Goring Thomas (1850-92), op. 211b 2. Aspiration (mélodie), op. 208 no. 1 3. Inquiétude (impromptu), op. 208 no. 2 4. Gavotte and Musette, op. 188 5. Vie orageuse (Deuxième ballade), op. 203 6. Chant de berceau, op. 156 7. Harmonies du soir (morceau élégant), op. 54 8. Menuet romantique, op. 174 9. Rayons d’or (Bagatelle), op. 176 10. Happy memories (morceau de salon), op. 77 11. Kermesse (Scène hollandaise), op. 181 12. Voix du coeur (Mélodie), op. 178 13. Zeffiretta (Morceau de salon), op. 159 14. Bacchanale, op. 170

Our thanks to the Sydney Smith Archive for supplying scores of these rare works.

Sydney Smith represents a lost generation of English composer-pianists who enjoyed both critical and commercial success in his heyday, only to be eclipsed by a rapid change in musical fashion that was compounded by his own ill-health. Born in Dorchester, in close proximity to Thomas Hardy, Smith won a place at the Leipzig Conservatoire aged seventeen and studied there for three years under Moscheles and Plaidy (piano) and Grutzmacher (cello). The Crown Prince of Prussia was apparently greatly impressed with his talent, and Smith’s move to London in 1859 marked the beginning of a career as a recitalist (notably at the Crystal Palace) and teacher. Added to this was the beginning of a prolific career as a melodic and effective composer of works for the salon and concert hall, many of which became included in popular anthologies of piano music of the day. This oeuvre made Smith one of the most famous musicians of his day, not only in England, but in Australia, America and continental Europe, and his name became a household word. Smith was particularly known for his virtuoso opera transcriptions, but as this album will show, was also gifted in a variety of short original forms, including characteristic dances and evocative mood-pieces. These works are written in a masterly way for the piano, showing a mature understanding of pianistic effect (with a good deal of influence from Chopin and Liszt) and providing a considerable technical challenge for the performer. The present recital offers probably the only opportunity at the moment to hear any of Arthur Goring Thomas’s last opera “Nadeshda” and is otherwise devoted to a varied selection of Smith’s original works, concentrating particularly on those from his later years.

Support C4SS with Edmund Burke’s “A Vindication of Natural Society”

by James Tuttle
Support C4SS with Edmond Burke’s “A Vindication of Natural Society”

C4SS has teamed up with the Distro of the Libertarian Left. The Distro produces and distribute zines and booklets on anarchism, market anarchist theory, counter-economics, and other movements for liberation. For every copy of Edmond Burke’s “A Vindication of Natural Society“ that you purchase through the Distro, C4SS will receive a percentage. Support C4SS with Edmund Burke’s “A Vindication of Natural Society“. Continue reading

Viva Obama!

I guessed he’d win. I wish now I’d gone and put some money on him in a betting shop. He won because, while they might not like the idea of being ruled by a black man, enough American whites looked at a the grinning neocon put up against him, and decided the black man was the safest bet. I don’t suppose it helped that the grinning neocon was a Mormon.

Though, normally, it would be none of my business who rules a foreign country, America is the historic enemy of England, and is currently in a dominating position. Therefore, I am very pleased that Mr Obama is back.

First, he openly hates England – something to do, I believe, with a grandfather who was a traitor in Kenya. This is a refreshing change from the patronising embrace of a truly American Anglophobe. Open hatred is easier to deal with. It disabuses most people who aren’t thick or haven’t been bribed into the idea of a “special relationship.” It encourages moves towards the reassertion of our national independence.

Second, he is less likely than his opponent was to start a big war. I think that stands by itself. No doubt, Mr Obama is a Marxist/Moslem with a dodgy birth certificate, and is committed to destroying the American way of life through radicalisation of every institution and through mass-immigration, etc, etc.  That only makes me laugh the more: America’s weakness is England’s potential recovery. However, his plain disinclination to invade Iran is a benefit for us all.

I will add that, awful as he may be in his domestic policies, the Americans deserve him. They supported Labour in this country from about 1993 onwards. I firmly believe they bribed or blackmailed the Conservatives to throw the 2001 and 2005 general elections. Well, they can have a further taste of the medicine they made us swallow. They gave us Tony Blair. They can now stick with their own copy of him.

Thank You For Smoking

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, at the Everyman Baker Street Cinema in Central London

This one-off cinema showing of Thank You For Smoking will take place in the upmarket Everyman Cinema on central London’s Baker Street – you know, the road made famous by Benedict Cumberbatch. The showing will be the start of what we expect will be a very sociable day – with attendees going off to local pubs afterwards. The movie itself is profoundly libertarian. It revolves around Nick Naylor, a communications consultant for naturally toasted cigarettes. Or a tobacco lobbyist as the critics would label him. Along with his friends representing alcohol and shooting, Nick fight the forces of Big Government, who want to put them out of business.

Thank You For Smoking is a hilarious look at the world of nanny state and the fight for the individual liberty. The cinema has a fully stocked bar and will will open for coffee and gin and tonics etc at 10:30am.

The film will be shown from 11am and lasts approximately 92 minutes. To book, please visit:

Jesus, der Kapitalist

Robert Groezinger is a good friend and a committed libertarian. I strongly recommend this new book, which sets out a Gospel-based argument, in the tradition of Gary North, for a necessary connection between the Christian Faith and a free market society.

“Der Kapitalismus ist aus dem Christentum hervorgegangen – und braucht ihn, um zu überleben. Auch das Christentum braucht den Kapitalismus – und fordert ihn sogar. Nicht jedoch einen staatlich regulierten Kapitalismus, der nur für jene wirklich vorteilhaft ist, die gute Beziehungen zur Regierung unterhalten und somit zu Korruption und Betrug einlädt, sondern einen Kapitalismus, der so frei ist, dass selbst Geld unter Wettbewerbsbedingungen hergestellt wird. Zentralbanken aber stellen unser Geld unter staatlich garantierten Monopollizenzen her. Damit genießen sie ungerechtfertigte Privilegien. Anhand zahlreicher Beispiele aus der Bibel zeigt Robert Grözinger, dass die Gleichnisse, Aussagen und Mahnungen Jesu von den Prinzipien einer wirklich freien Marktwirtschaft untermauert sind. Grundsätze wie Individualismus und Privateigentum sind Fundamente, die schon im Alten Testament gelegt wurden. Daneben skizziert Grözinger die Wechselwirkung in der historischen Entwicklung von Christentum und Kapitalismus sowie die Unvereinbarkeit von Christentum und Sozialismus. Damit meint er nicht nur den Kommunismus, sondern auch seine weichere Form: den überbordenden Wohlfahrtsstaat, den uns die staatlich erzwungene Barmherzigkeit beschert hat. Und seine neueste, krasseste Version: den Ökologismus. Wie eine freie Gesellschaft auf christlichen Werten und freier Marktwirtschaft basieren kann, zeigt Robert Grözinger in Jesus, der Kapitalist.”

LA Director’s Bulletin, 2nd October 2012

Libertarian Alliance Director’s Bulletin
Contact Details: Dr Sean Gabb
07956 472 199, sean
Tuesday the 2nd October 2012
Immediate release

Dear All,

Summer is finally over. So almost is the writing of my new novel. We haven’t been idle, however. Over the past few months, we’ve been concentrating our outreach on the Libertarian Alliance Blog. This continues to pick up readers, and is now the most active and varied libertarian blog in England. All publications listed below are on our main website, but I mostly link to their presence on the LA Blog, because that is where you can comment on them if you please.

Here we go, then, with the listing of our activites:

New Books by LA Authors

N.G. Meek: Conservative Party Politicians at the Turn of the 20th/21st Centuries.
(London, Civic Education & Research Trust, 2012, 390 pages, ISBN 9781471700804.)

The book is an objective, quantitative, multi-focus analysis of the attitudes, behaviour and background of Conservative politicians at the turn of the 20th/21st centuries. Respondents were MPs, Peers, MEPs, Scottish MPs, Welsh and Greater London Assembly members, and local councillors in Scotland, Wales and England. Topics include: business, labour relations, welfare and the economy; the environment; Britain, Europe and the wider world; the United Kingdom, ethnicity, citizenship and national identity; society and culture; the conduct of politics; the political parties; religion; the 2001 Conservative Party leadership contest; and general political ideology.

There is a foreword by Dr Syed Kamall MEP.

It is already on the shelves of leading academic institutions. It is now available for sale from Amazon and other online retailers priced £55:

The Ghosts of Athens
by Richard Blake
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date : 7th June 2012
Pages: 448pp
Paperback Version : £13.99
Kindle Version £5.99
ISBN: 978-1444709704

Richard Blake’s new novel The Ghosts of Athens, has now been published by Hodder & Stoughton. His earlier novels have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Complex Chinese. This is the fifth in his series of critically-acclaimed and internationally best-selling historical thrillers.

612 AD.

Decadent, desperate Athens is the Roman Empire’s most vulnerable city.

Aelric – senator of the Roman Empire, fresh from a bloodbath in Egypt that may or may not be regarded in Constantinople as his fault- is forced to divert the Imperial galley to Athens for reasons the Emperor has neglected to share with him.

He finds a demoralized and corrupt provincial city threatened by an army rumoured to contain twenty million starving barbarians.

Not to mention an explosive religious dispute, an unexplained corpse, and hints of something worse than murder. Is he on a high level mission to save the Empire? Or has he been set up to fail? Or is the truth even worse than he can at first imagine?

He will have to call upon all his formidable intellect and lethal ingenuity to survive his enemies inside and outside the city walls . . .

New Publications

David Davies on the death of Eric Hobsbawm: One down…only a few million to go

DJ Webb on the British Constitution: The Oaths and Vows That Bind Our Society Together

Prunella Jordaine’s wildly provocative defence of freedom of speech: Vox Populi, Vox D.E.I.: Division, Derision, and the Death of Free Speech

A long discussion paper on the obscenity laws: NCROPA on “Obscenity”

A draft Freedom of Expression Bill: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION BILL

Robert Henderson on freedom of political speech: Political speech and action in Britain: What is legally permitted ?

An essay on syphilis that has nothing to do with the libertarian argument, but that is fascinating: Syphilis and Theories of Contagion

David Davies on the Football Association: The “Football Association” is now a “Court” – official.


Sean Gabb on whether British citizens should ever be extradited (especially to be raped in an American prison): Should British Citizens ever be Extradited?

Sean Gabb’s obituary of David Alec Webb: Obituary: David Alec Webb, 1931-2012

A reprint of Sean Gabb on Epicurus: Epicurus: Father of the Enlightenment

Sean Gabb on the immorality of foreign aid: The Immorality of Foreign Aid

Sean Gabb on the scandal of foreign aid: The Scandal of Foreign Aid

Sean Gabb on limited liability: Thoughts on Limited Liability

Robert Henderson on the right of self defence: Killing no murder – the right of the individual to defend their home

D.J. Webb on the right of self defence: False arrest of victims

Sean Gabb on a shockingly evil suggestion: Should there be Video Cameras in School Toilets?

D.J. Webb on evil social workers: Social Worker Police State

David Davies on libertarian strategy: The allure of socialism, or “Fighting Zombies”.

Film review by Robert Henderson: Politically incorrect film reviews – The Sweeney

D.J. Webb on those wicked pictures that no true Englishman should behold: The Duchess of Cambridge’s assets

A book review by Richard Blake: Richard Blake Reviews “Sword of Marathon” by Jack England

A most unflattering review of one of Mr Blake’s novels: Lucid tentacles test ‘n sleeved – Hysterical Navels: Oh Aelric!

A much nicer review of one of Mr Blake’s novels: Nice Review of Richard Blake’s Συνωμοσίες στη Ρώμη

A very nice review of Mr Blake’s latest: Ghosts of Athens, Reviewed by The Historical Novels Society

D.J. Webb on the British Constitution: A Constitutional Daydream

Robert Henderson on Emma West: Emma West trial adjourned for third time

Sean Gabb on the Pussy Riot convictions: Pussy Riot: From a trumpet with an uncertain voice

D.J. Webb on the House of “Lords”: The Other House

Sean Gabb on Scepticism: Old Essay on Scepticism

Sean Gabb on Rape: RapeCrisis: yet another “fake charity”?

Robert Henderson on the Olympic Opening Ceremony: The 2012 Olympics and the deep sporting culture of Britain

Sean Gabb on the Olympic Opening Ceremony: The London Olympics Opening Ceremony: A Grotesque and Sinister Pantomime (2012), by Sean Gabb

In General

Some of these essays – I think in particular of Prunella Jordaine – are very controversial. However, if you believe in freedom of speech, you defend freedom of speech wherever it is attacked. You don’t pick and choose. We opposed censorship in the 1980s and 90s, when it was used against pornographers and sexual minorities. We oppose it now, when it is used against political dissidents – eg, Emma West for commenting on immigration, and Babar Ahmad for running his pro-terrorist websites. Anyone who is uncomfortable with that should examine his own belief in freedom of speech.

You are welcome to comment on these essays. Our policy is never to edit comments, and only to remove them if they seem likely to get us into trouble.

Beware Splits in UKIP

by Stephen Crowther

Note: As a matter of policy, the Libertarian Alliance does not endorse or support any political party. However, so far I can tell, every one of our Officers is a UKIP voter or even member. We therefore draw this notice to the attention of our readers. UKIP may not be perfect, but it is our only mainstream political party with any degree of libertarianism in its policies. Nigel Farage is our only mainstream politician who remotely counts as a libertarian. We take a very dim view of efforts to disrupt UKIP. SIG Continue reading