1st July 2008
Libertarian Alliance Conference, London, October 2008
Jim & Sue Thornton Garden Party
David Davis Campaign
Libertarian Alliance Blog
Sean Gabb Radio Discussion with Marxist Labour MP
Sean Gabb Radio Discussion with Simon Hughes MP
Sean Gabb Latest Publication
Property and Freedom Society Conference Video Files
Recommendations for Summer Reading
I am at the moment tearingly busy. I have examinations to supervise and mark. I have one novel to finish and another to begin. I have two commissions for political books. I am trying to finish my long report on the Property and Freedom Society conference in Turkey. I am also looking after the Baby Bear whenever Mrs Gabb goes up to London to make money.
All this explains why I have done so little this month for the Libertarian Alliance. However, I have not been completely idle. This Bulletin, though not a record of exceptional activity, is not completely blank.
Our 25th-26th October conference will, as usual, be at the National Liberal Club just by Trafalgar Square. This will be a fine event, with speakers from all over the world, including Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Aubrey de Gray, Guy Herbert, and Christian Michel – and ME!
If you are European, you may think London far too expensive to visit just for a conference. If so, think again. The New Labour Terror has now brought on a collapse of the Pound. My wife was in one of the big London department stores earlier today, listening to some Czech tourists. They were crying out at the low prices, and buying everything in sight. If you are from the Eurozone, or if your own currency is pegged to the Euro, you will find London as cheap as I used to find Eastern Europe. If you do your Christmas shopping in Oxford Street – and the sales by then will be in full swing – you will probably save the cost of your flight, your hotel booking and the conference fee.
If you are American, bad luck – the Dollar is going down even faster than the Pound. But we can offer “free” coffee, and the conference fee includes a really decent London club dinner. NO SMOKING is permitted on British territory in any structure enclosed by three walls and a roof – or the Metropolitan Police will either shoot you dead or detain you without charge until Christmas. You decide which is worse.
Go here for more information and to book your place. If you are British, hurry – in the next few days, I will put the price up by £15!
On Saturday the 21st June, I braved our extortionate petrol prices – most of it tax for HMG – and drove off to Nottinghamshire, where Jim and Sue Thornton were having their summer garden party. I spoke for about ten minutes to a mixed group of Conservative Party activists and doctors from various local hospitals. This being England and in June, it rained steadily throughout the afternoon, and I spoke under cover.
Because we had to keep the camera under cover, the sound quality is not brilliant. But here is a video record of the event:
Further to our promise made last month, we have now sent our donation of £100 to the David Davis campaign. We did hope that Mr Davis would roundly condemn all detention without charge beyond 48 hours. Even so, his campaign is the closest the people of this country will have to a referendum on the police state that Labour has given us.
For nearly two years now, the Libertarian Alliance has had its own blog. Filled with the writings of David Davis – our one, not the other one! – and virtually no one else, this is building up a reputation on the Internet for prompt and forthright comment on the horrors of England under the Brown Heel. You can find it here:
Last 12th June, I had a radio discussion with a Labour Member of Parliament about the new law brought in by Labour that allows six week internment of political prisoners. At the end of the discussion, I was asked if I would like a drink with the Honourable Member. I replied that if I met her, I would be unsure whether to laugh at her or vomit on her
When I publicised this to a few members of my list, the recording of the discussion got 3,000 hits. I notice it was much enjoyed by members of the British National Party. One of my American friends suggested the wretched woman would be a waste of good vomit. Here is the discussion in full:
On Tuesday the 24th June, I was called on at the last minute to discuss with Simon Hughes, a senior Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, whether voting should be made compulsory in England. He spoke about the need to “renew” our democracy. I gave the man a good roasting over how he and his colleagues voted to deny us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The discussion is most notable, however, for being my daughter’s first ever media appearance. Mrs Gabb had left her with me, and the BBC was good enough to accept both of us.
Here is the text and video of my speech to the Property and Freedom Society last May in Turkey. I spoke on Ancient Financial Markets. This may seem rather a dry subject, but is of some importance, bearing in mind the Marxist capture of Classical Studies during the past half century. The fiile is here:
I will finish my conference report, but it has expanded to considerable length, and I feel some parts of it could be trimmed. But video files for the whole conference are now on the Internet. Some of these are of acceptable quality. Others have been savagely downgraded by Google Video. Of particular note, given the Supreme Court judgment of the past few days, is John Lott talking about guns. Here is the link to all the video files:
As ever, I do most strongly recommend the Hotel Karia Princess in Bodrum:
And here is the Property and Freedom Society:
Many of us are preparing to go on holiday. I will therefore make my recommendations for a good read on the beach.
First, we have what has been called the novel of the century – a blazing masterpiece set in early mediaeval Rome. Conspiracies of Rome by Richard Blake was published by Hodder & Stoughton in February to immense acclaim, and translation rights have been sold for Spanish, Italian and Hungarian, with Czech rights presently in negotiation.
The hardback sold out within a week. The British market is being supplied with the export paperback. The mass market paperback comes out at Christmas. I think EVERYONE on my list should run out and order ten copies, for distribution as presents to friends and loved ones.
If one of your friends or loved ones is a film mogul in Hollywood, you should certainly give him a copy for Christmas or Hanukkah. It will make the cigar fall from his lips as he reaches for his chequebook!
Here it is:
And here are some reviews if you doubt my word:
Oh, but I will quote one of the reviews – this one from someone living in Italy:
“I have not even finished reading the book and I feel safe in rating it 5 stars. Living in Rome, I should be better informed as to its history and this book has given me not only the motivation to read more Roman history but a very good starting point! Buy this book! Keep it in your library forever!”
Second, we have Crap: A Guide to Politics, by Terry Arthur. This is a revision and updating of a classic, first published in 1975, that helped me discover that I was a libertarian and not raving mad. The new version is just as entertaining as the original. You can buy it here:
Third, we have Licensed to Hug by Frank Furedi and Jennie Bristow. This has already made a splash in the newspapers with its denunciation of the Sexual Offenders Register maintained by the British Government and the requirement that about a third of the population should be checked against it before being allowed near children. My last mention of a book from Civitas was so damning that the book had to be withdrawn, and there was a crisis in the Conservative Party. But this one is well well worth buying:
Fourth, we have Old Nick’s Guide to Happiness by Nicholas Dykes. This is a long philosophical novel in the tradition of Ayn Rand. Because Nicholas put an invalid ISBN on the cover, you cannot buy the book through Amazon. But you can order it directly:
Fifth, we have Lodging of a Wayfaring Man by Paul Rosenberg. This is another philosophical novel – about how freedom fighters create their own alternative society on the Internet. You can buy it here:
In closing, I wish you all a happy summer. The world economy has been messed up by big government and its handmaiden big business. But the sun still shines – everywhere, that is, except in England!
Director, The Libertarian Alliance
Tel: 07956 472 199