Could a British Libertarian party encompass conservative positions?

Further to my yesterday’s stuff, I wondered in the night what sort of people would vote for a “Libertarian Party” if there was one.

The wholesale wrecking of United Kingdom political tradition and arrangements, by this “New” “Labour” series of adminisrations, in what I can only suppose to be an act of calculated revenge on the English People for daring to teach Mankind how to live well and in peace, has both fuelled almost universal cynicism about politics (a bad thing) and has left very large numbers of voters disenfranchised. These are broadly conservative; that is to say they have English attitudes to issues, morality and epistemology (even if most of them don’t know what the word means) unlike the present Political Class which has spent the past 10 years forcing its own arrangements into place.

I am eternally unconvinced about the majority of “socialists” who “become” Libertarians. Sorry, but my own experience of many leads me to believe that the “conversion” involves the dumping of much Marxist baggage, but many rotting residues remain in the dark corners of the Soul. Chronic green-ness – in that a belief that “society” or the “State” stil has some role to play in resource use and allocation, is often difficult if not impossible to eradicate, for example.

So it’s probable that a Libertarian franchise owuld have to come from the present disenfranchised voters. I have a few thoughts about what a party’s policy position ought to be, mainly on the defence and foreign affairs front os far, and will put them up here shortly. but I invite comments from readers about this and other areas.

3 responses to “Could a British Libertarian party encompass conservative positions?

  1. Tony Hollick made a reply to this posting that David and I agreed was defamatory. I have just spoken to Robert Lefever, the subject of the libel, and he said that he had no objection to the post, and that as a libertarian he had no intention to act over anything said against him.

    However, David and I have further agreed that our policy should be not to allow comments of a class that might get the Libertarian Alliance into trouble. We have therefore deleted the posting from Tony Hollick.

    This decision, I will emphasise, was taken under no pressure from Dr Lefever. It was a purely internal decision.

    Tony is welcome to post further comments on this blog, but must be aware that anything we regard as defamatory will be also be removed.

  2. Well, I think left wingers do sometimes travel the road to libertarianism. It’s a matter of when they realise that their ideals (equality, freedom) are best served by a libertarian view, instead of a statist one. I was never a marxist but I was a bit of a leftie, so I’m at least one example.

    Also, bear in mind that right-wingers, conservatives, what have you, have statist impulses too. They may object to political correctness and social engineering in schools, but think religion should be taught. They expect some government organ to control taste and decency in the media. They’re often the first to demand that the state “do something” about perceived social problems, and complain about Byzantine planning regulations that stop them adding a conservatory, but expect councils to maintain the quaint rural nature of their village by prohibiting property development.

    It’s wrong IMV to ascribe greater libertarianism to either the “right” or the “left” since these days they’re both Big Government ideologies.

    The majority of voters in this country are broadly disenfranchised. Most people are voting for “least worst”. Consider the urban peasantry, constantly under attack from government for smoking, “binge drinking”, being fat, and so on. The vote may be easily won of the overweight “chav” who’d just like to be able to smoke a fag down the pub again.

  3. Good points. I have to agree, largely.