Author Archives: Dr Sean Gabb

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θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας,
και τοις εν τοις μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.

Terence DuQuesne RIP

He was a man of great brilliance and achievement, and an occasional writer for the Libertarian Alliance. I knew him less well that I wish I had. He died yesterday after an illness in hospital. I will post a regular obituary when I have further information.

Living Standards in England – A Stimulus for Discussion

by Sean Gabb

One of my interests is long term movements in living standards. I have the full Phelps-Brown and Hopwood Index for the 12th to 20th centuries, but not in a form that can be easily republished. Here is a graph showing movements between the 15th and early 20th centuries.

The problems with making a long term series ought to be obvious. Even for England, we don’t have the complete data. The prices commonly used are for wholesale goods, and the most complete series of wage rates we have are for building workers in London, which may diverge for long periods from the wider average. Until fairly recently, money wages were supplemented by shifting degrees of payment in kind, and this is hard to take into account. Then we have unknown degrees of substitution between goods. Continue reading

An Afternoon with the Great Satan

I had business yesterday at the London branch of the Internal Revenue Service. This meant going inside the American Embassy – a vast, forbidding building, stuffed with armed guards and surveillance equipment. After twenty minutes of having my clothing and possessions pawed through, I expected I’d be confronted by some gloating fascist who would rip my papers across and send me back to Deal to start again. I found myself instead in the company of a rather jolly man. He confirmed I had the wrong papers with me and that I’d been given the wrong advice by everyone else. But he then filled out a long, and previously unknown form, telling me this was how to get a refund of all taxes paid to the American State and make sure I wasn’t bothered for another five years. I signed it. He stamped it. I left the building with a slightly better opinion of America than when I went in. That wouldn’t be hard, however, and I doubt it will last.


Compulsory Mass-Medication


More wild stuff (Aleister Crowley

More wild stuff..

Seven Consequences of an EU E-Cig Ban

7 Consequences of an EU Ecig ban

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Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Marxist and Austrian Class Analysis

Marxist and Austrian Class Analysis
by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Department of Economics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Journal of libertarian Studies, Vol. IX, No. 2 (Fall 1990)

I want to do the following in this paper: First to present the theses that constitute the hard core of the Marxist theory of history. I claim that all of them are essentially correct. Then I will show how these true theses are derived in Marxism from a false starting point. Finally, I will demonstrate how Austrianism in the Mises-Rothbard tradition can give a correct but categorically different explanation of their validity.

Let me begin with the hard core of the Marxist belief system: 1 Continue reading

Review of Book about Aleister Crowley

Crowley: Thoughts and Perspectives, Volume Two
Edited by Troy Southgate
Black Front Press, London, 2011, 215pp, £10
ISBN 978-84830-331-7

It was late one afternoon, more years ago than I care to admit. I was working as an estate agent in South London, when an old beggar woman came into the front office. “Cross my palm with silver, Dearie,” she croaked in a strong Irish accent.

I glared at her from my desk. It was hard enough at the best of times to get potential clients or buyers to step through our door. The lingering smell she had brought of unwashed clothes and of the scabby, verminous body they no doubt covered was unlikely to help. “Get out!” I said, pointing at the door.

Her response was to shamble forward, a sprig of heather clutched in her hand. Thirty seconds later, she was steadying herself on the pavement. “You’re a wicked young man,” she called, “and you’ll be dead in two weeks – you mark my words.”

“Piss off!” I laughed, dusting my hands together, “or I’ll have the police on you.” Back inside I set about looking for the tin of air freshener we kept for when the smell of tobacco smoke became too oppressive. Continue reading

Protecting Children, Enslaving Adults, by Sean Gabb

Protecting Children, Enslaving Adults:
Latest Case Study
By Sean Gabb

I have just heard about the existence of the Authority for Television On Demand (Atvod). This is yet another of those “independent” bodies that exercise powers of compulsion delegated by the British State. Its powers derive from the Communications Act 2003, and allow it to regulate the market in streaming video. Its latest act has been to announce that large numbers of children – which it seems to define as persons under the age of eighteen – are watching pornographic videos on the Internet. To deal with this alleged problem, it wants a law to stop British banks from handling payments to any pornographic video site, anywhere in the world, that does not check the age of all its visitors.

At the moment, British sex sites are required to check the age of their visitors, whether or not they buy anything, and to make their records available to the authorities. Because they are outside the jurisdiction, foreign sites cannot be directly forced to do the same. But the British market is large, and Atvod hopes that blocking payment to foreign sex sites, unless they comply, will close this loophole. Every act of watching a pornographic video, free or paid, will then be on the record.

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Next Novel by Sean Gabb – any help on improving this blurb appreciated

aaaaThe Break
by Sean Gabb
Copyright Sean Gabb 2014
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No one knows what caused The Break eleven months ago, but there’s no sign of its end.

England is settling into its new future as a reindustrialising concentration camp. The rest of the world is watching… waiting… curious…

It’s Wednesday the 7th March 2018 – in the mainland UK. Everywhere else, it’s some time in June 1065.

Jennifer thinks her family survived The Hunger because of their smuggling business – tampons and paracetamol to France, silver back to England. Little does she know what game her father was really playing, as she recrosses the Channel from an impromptu mission of her own. Little can she know how her life has already been torn apart.

Who has taken Jennifer’s parents? Where are they? What is the Home Secretary up to with the Americans? Why is she so desperate to lay hands on Michael? Will Jesus Christ return to Earth above Oxford Circus? When will the “Doomsday Project” go live?

Can the Byzantine Empire and the Catholic Church take on the British State, and win?

All will be answered – if Jennifer can stay alive in a post-apocalyptic London terrorised by hunger, by thugs in uniform, and by motorbike gangs of Islamic suicide bombers.

From Reviews of Other Novels by Sean Gabb

“Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational.”
(Daily Telegraph)

“He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed.”
(Mail on Sunday)

“A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue  and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel.”
(Historical Novels)

“It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere  with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy.”
(Matt Coward, The Morning Star)

Sean Gabb on The Moral Maze, 19th March 2014 Flash Animation

Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, contributing to BBC Radio 4 programme, The Moral Maze, the 19th March 2014.

The Panel were:

Claire Fox
Michael Portillo
Giles Fraser
Anne McElvoy

The Witnesses were:

Ian Driver - Green Party Councillor for Thanet District Council Dr Sean Gabb - Director of the Libertarian Alliance. Writer, broadcaster and academic Kathy Gyngell - Editor of the newly-launched ‘Conservative Woman’ website Dr Finn Mackay - The Centre for Gender & Violence Research at the University of Bristol

Answering questions from the Panel, Sean Gabb made these points: Continue reading

How to Write a Novel

A couple of reservations on this:

1. I never think of a story before I write a novel. I begin with a vague idea of the mood, and hope that the plot will come to me a chapter at a time.
2. My usual efforts come in at 160,000 words.

Other than this, sound advice – especially the last point!

Philosophical Notes 90, Libertarian Paternalism’s Red Herring (2014), by Lamont Rodgers

‘Nudging’: Libertarian Paternalism’s Red Herring Lamont Rodgers

Philosophical Notes No. 90

ISBN: 9781856376662 ISSN 0267-7091 (print) ISSN 2042-2768 (online)
An occasional publication of the Libertarian Alliance, Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, Mayfair, London W1J 6HL
© 2014: Libertarian Alliance; Lamont Rodgers

Lamont Rodgers is professor of philosophy at San Jacinto College North Campus, in Houston, TX.  He has published in Reason Papers, Libertarian Papers, and Southwest Philosophical Studies.  He specializes in theories of justice and political legitimacy.


The error of seeking a foundation or justification

Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler endorse a version of paternalism that is alleged to be compatible with libertarian principles.1  Their version of paternalism aims to nudge people toward good choices without violating those people’s rights.  Accordingly, they call their version of paternalism ‘libertarian paternalism’.  This form of paternalism has been widely criticized on conceptual grounds.2  Libertarian paternalism might aim to square two incompatible notions.  This paper shows that the conceptual compatibility between libertarian principles and the nudges Sunstein and Thaler endorse is irrelevant to whether libertarians may oppose the political implementation of libertarian paternalism.  The problem is that Sunstein and Thaler focus on showing the conceptual compatibility between their goals and individual rights.  Goals must be pursued via through action.  Sunstein and Thaler ignore the fact that a principled opposition to the initiation of threats and violence, which this paper takes to be characteristic of libertarianism, will preclude the funding and enforcement of the apparatus necessary for the government to engage in libertarian paternalism.3  So even if Sunstein and Thaler’s goals are themselves compatible with libertarian principles, the real debate over the political implementation of libertarian paternalism violates libertarian principles. Continue reading

Review of The Churchill Memorandum

Sean Gabb: “The Churchill Memorandum”

This thriller is a tremendously fun romp through an alternative history set in 1959 where the Second World War didn’t happen. Hitler died in 1939, and the British Empire has sustained its precarious position through careful diplomacy. Britain is still ruled well by a conservative establishment on a mix of traditional values and liberal enterprise: hard currency and technological innovation; beautiful buildings and statues; zeppelins and heated pavements. The sixties (speculated by AnomalyUK to have really started in the 1950s) never happen. Continue reading

E-Book Edition of The Churchill Memorandum

TCM CoverThe Churchill Memorandum
An Alternative History Novel by Sean Gabb
(Part One of his “England Trilogy”)
Hampden Press, London
e-book Edition 1st April 2014
ISBN: 9781311160829 £3.69/$5.98
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Contact Sean Gabb for review copies, or for interview: 

“Who is trying to kill Anthony Markham? For whom is Major Stanhope really working?  Where did Dr Pakeshi get his bag of money? Is there a connection between Michael Foot,
Leader of the British Communist Party, and Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan?
Why is Ayn Rand in an American prison, and Nathaniel Branden living in a South London bedsit?
Why is Alan Greenspan dragged off and shot in the first chapter?  Where does Enoch Powell fit into the story?
Above all, what is the Churchill Memorandum?
What terrible secrets does it contain?”

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Tony Benn, RIP

I’ve just heard that Tony Benn has died at the age of 88. Back in the early 1980s, I learned to regard him as the face of all things evil in British politics. Then, in the mid-1990s, I did a series of long radio debates with him. We strongly disagreed on air, but got on well when the microphones were turned off. I found him generally courteous and interested in ideas. Though they jarred with his belief in a large state, he’d inherited a number of libertarian views from his Liberal Party background. We shared a contempt for the new political class as it emerged in the 1980s. We had a jolly time together at a Eurosceptic conference in 2005. We last spoke early in 2013, when we spent an hour together in a taxi, and he assured me that Michael Foot would probably have seen the funny side of how I portrayed him in The Churchill Memorandum.

He had a long and generally a happy life. He was never short of money. So far as I can tell, he remained of sound mind to the last. Lamentation would be appropriate for the passing of a much younger and less generally fortunate man. But I will note his death, and observe that our politics might have become less plasticised had he become Labour Leader in 1983. He hardly ranks with Enoch Powell, whom he admired. Even so, he was a man who usually said what he believed, regardless of what others thought of it.

Let him rest in peace.

Thomas Knapp Reviews Conspiracies of Rome

… let’s call this a recommendation. By way of disclosure, I received no payment of any kind for this recommendation, and even turned down an offer of links to pirated e-versions (said offer from the author himself) in favor of buying the books I’m about to recommend. In making the foregoing statement, I’m assuming (safely, I think) that the author’s friendship, which I highly value, has never been conditional on receipt of a positive review or recommendation.

So: I highly recommend Conspiracies of Rome (which I have read) and The Terror of Constantinople (which I am now reading) by Richard Blake. I strongly suspect that said recommendation will extend to The Blood of Alexandria and The Sword of Damascus, which I haven’t yet read but intend to as soon as possible. Continue reading

Interview with Richard Blake

Richard Blake Writes: “Scott De Buitléir, the Editor of Eile Magazine has now decided that my answers to his interview questions – which he formerly described as “perfect” – are shocking and obscene. He takes particular exception to my literal translations of Latin verse, and to my explanation of the Latin and Greek sexual vocabulary. He has therefore asked me to remove all mention of his name and publication from my website. He has further told me that his magazine will under no circumstances publish a review of my latest novel, Curse of Babylon, which he also regards as obscene.

“I have done as Mr De Buitléir requests.  I must say, though, that I am surprised by his sudden change of heart. I did assume that a gay magazine would be less prudish about frank discussions of ancient sexual mores, and less eager to protect the sensibilities of its readers. However, it is his magazine. He has the undoubted right to decide after the event to  be offended. He also has the right to reject my offer to rewrite my answers, or to edit them himself.

“Here is the interview. Anyone who wishes to republish it is welcome to do so. I only ask that anyone who does republish should tell me and provide a link.” Continue reading

Uk-raine Terrain.

by Anna Raccoon

Note: This whole business gets dirtier by the day. I can only repeat that it’s not our business, and that we’d be mad to make it ours. SIG
Uk-raine Terrain.

_Picture_file_path_11292Just let your imagination run wild for a moment or two. Imagine that demonstrations against the government in Britain had turned into a riot. Cars were set on fire in the streets. Young lads in balaclavas hurling petrol bombs at the police. Middle aged women bashing policemen over the head with their shopping bags. The crowd surging forward and taking over public buildings.

Liverpool? Glasgow? Belfast? London? It has happened. In the UK, the authorities have always regained control. Continue reading

Richard Blake Reviewed in Slovak Press

Note: Very fancy Slovak here – hard for me to understand. But flattering, even so, to my friend Mr Blake. SIG

Richard Blake
Sprisahanie v Rime

Vydavateľstvo Slovart
Preklad Marian Pochyly

Roku 608 na juhovychode dnešneho Anglicka pracuje mlady Sas Aelric ako tlmočnik Maximina, kňaza z Ravenny. Vo voľnom čase suloži s Edwinou, dcerou miestneho panovnika Aethelberta. Keď jeho vzťah odhalia, odsudia ho na smrť, pred katom ho zachrani Maximin, s ktorym sa ale musi vydať na cestu do Rima. Duchovny odtiaľ planuje priniesť knihy potrebne na vzdelanie krajiny. Tesne pred hradbami Večneho mesta sa dostanu do potyčky. Vyviaznu, ba dokonca ziskaju nemalu sumu peňazi, relikviar, no najma listiny. Zaležitosti sa začnu zamotavať v okamihu, keď pri stĺpe s vyobrazenim uradujuceho panovnika Byzancie Foka, najdu mŕtve Maximinovo telo. Aelric prisaha pomstu. Začina patrať, pričom sa postupne zoznamuje s mestom. Pokračuje v ulohe, kvoli ktorej s mnichom prišli – riadi prepisovanie vybranych knih, spolu s vyslancom Etiopie sa zahĺbi do machinacii na burze; ako spoločnik aristokrata Lucia nahliadne do zakulisia davnych obradov a po prvykrat v živote vidi papyrus.

No a predovšetkym… Luštenie tajomstva listin si vychutnajte sami. Knižka tvori prvu časť trilogie prepojenej postavou rozpravača. Avizovane nazvy Teror v Konštantínopole Krv v Carihrade jasne davaju najavo, že priaznivci akčnych trilerov v historickych kulisach sa maju na čo tešiť, fanušikov historickych romanov však nepochybne uvedie do pomykova vysoka davka „aktualizacie”. Aelricov bojovne ladeny ateizmus je v siedmom storoči n. l. nanajvyš nepravdepodobny. Spravanie hrdinu, v zrejmej snahe autora približiť sa skusenostnemu obzoru moderneho čitateľa, evokuje skor psychologicky profil šikovneho a vykonneho manažera dnešnych dni.

Published in Knizna Revue,

Should the Police be Fitted with Body Cameras? (2014), by Sean Gabb

Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, speaking on Winchester Live on-Line, on Tuesday the 4th March 2014.

The background to this discussion is a proposal, somewhere in the West Country, for the Police to be fitted with body cameras.

Sean argues these points: Continue reading

Letter to Charlie Elphicke MP, Regarding British Response to Events in the Ukraine

Dear Charlie,

I am writing as your constituent to say that I do not want any hostile response by the British Government to what the Russians are doing in the Ukraine.

We do not understand what is happening in the Ukraine. We have no control over events there. We have no vital interests in the region. As in Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and all the other places we have invaded in the past few decades, there is no chance whatever that any intervention we made in the Ukraine would make life better for the ordinary people there.

Above all, the Ukraine is within the Russian sphere of influence. The Russians do have vital interests in the country, and will do whatever is necessary to secure them.

The one interest we have is to avoid a flood of refugees across the eastern border of the European Union. This is best secured by not interfering with Russian efforts to stabilise the Ukraine.

William Hague is mad to go even as far as he has to provoke the Russians. I trust that you will, the next time you see him, draw my concerns to his attention.

Best regards,


Toine Manders: More Information

Note: I will, as Director of the Libertarian Alliance, write to the Dutch Embassy this evening. Ninety days in isolation is a tactic used by authoritarian governments to break a suspect. It isn’t something to be expected of a “civilised” European government. SIG Continue reading

Traditional Britain Seminars 2014

Originally posted on John Kersey:


On the 8th March the Traditional Britain Group will be hosting a half day event, titled ‘Traditional Britain Seminars 2014′ at a prestigious club in central London from 1pm until 6pm, followed by an evening social until late.

For more details, see here.

Was Enoch Powell Right? – Seminar led by John Kersey

In today’s society it has become politically unacceptable to state that Enoch Powell was right – with the inevitable assumption that what he was right about was mass immigration, and that his Birmingham speech of 20 April 1968 was not merely a critique of the government policy of the day but a prediction of the conditions that such a policy was creating for his constituents and for the next generation. Significantly, Powell, a long-time critic of the United States, feared quite specifically that Britain was emulating the American problems of racial tension and lack of…

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The Enemy Of Ukraine’s Protesters Is Not Necessarily The American Right’s Friend

Note: This article stands by itself as an attempt at dispassionate analysis. But I’ve known Roman for several years, and I trust his judgement. SIG Continue reading

Time to Upgrade My Hardware?

I built my current desktop computer five years ago. Here are the main specifications:

Motherboard: Asus P5Q3
CPU Name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9650 @ 3.00GHz
Platform Name Socket 775 LGA
RAM: 8Gb DDR3 666.6Mh
Video: NVIDiA GeForce 9500GT
Several terabytes of hard disks
Windows 7 Professional

The system has become rather slow and unstable – occasional blue screen of death, freezing programmes, and so forth.

Should I reformat and reinstall? Or should I consider a total rebuild? My wife and I use the machine for wordprocessing, e-mail and browsing the Web. I occasionally use it to process video, and am not worried if HQ video must be cooked in real time. I suspect that even the system we have is more powerful than we really need. But the hardware may be wearing out.

Any advice much appreciated.


Toine Manders Arrested

I have just heard that Toine Manders, Head of of the Dutch Libertarian Party, was arrested at the end of January. He has apparently not been charged with any offence, but is being held in isolation, and his detention has been extended to or by a further 90 days.

The reason informally given for his arrest is his involvement in a company that helps Dutch entrepreneurs avoid their local corporation taxes by registering in England.

I have no further information. I am, of course, very disturbed by this news. Whatever a government does to one libertarian may be taken as an attack on all libertarians. I will follow this case to the best of my ability, and will follow up this post with further information. SIG

Traditional Britain: The New Revolutionary Conservatives

by Paul Jackson

Note: I think, this time, Searchlight has gone too far. Here is a long and not grossly unfair account of the TBG conference – and not a word about ME! I thought I gave rather a good speech. The year before last, the hacks at Searchlight wrote a long and rather flattering essay about me. I don’t think, since then, that I’ve said anything particularly PC. Am I no longer right wing enough? Must I really put on funny robes and start chanting in Latin to be taken seriously? SIG? Continue reading

14% Reduction on Books by Sean Gabb, John Kersey and Nigel Meek

Throughout our long history, we at the Libertarian Alliance have always regarded our ultimate purpose as the promotion of love and understanding. Therefore, we have decided to mark this day of St Valentine by taking 14 per cent off the price of many of the books published by Members of our Executive Committee.

Enter this code – AMOR14 – when buying any of the books listed below to claim your discount. But hurry: this lavish offer applies only on the 14th February 2014.


Sean Gabb

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Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely ProspectsBy Sean Gabb Hardcover: £24.99
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We live in a world where Lady Chatterley’s Lover is an A Level text, and where documentaries about oral sex are shown on television. Even so, the battle for freedom of speech has not been won…. More > More fiercely than ever in England, it rages on other fronts. There are panics over the promotion of terrorism, and the alleged sexualisation of children. Above all, there is the official war on “hate.” In the name of good community relations, or simply to protect minorities from being upset, whole areas of debate that once were free are now policed. Dissidents risk punishments that range between formal imprisonment and unemployability. In this set of often controversial, essays, Sean Gabb puts the case for freedom of speech in the changed circumstances of today. His subjects include holocaust denial, the possession of child pornography, the rights of BNP members, and the persecution of Emma West, the South London “Tram Lady.”< Less
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Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England and how to Get It BackBy Sean Gabb Paperback: £9.99
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This book explains why England has become a foreign country to the majority of its inhabitants, and how, by a process of stern and unbending reaction, it can be restored as a free country.
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The Churchill MemorandumBy Sean Gabb Paperback: £9.99
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Suppose Hitler died in March 1939. No Second World War, no takeover of England by the Left, no descent into the gutter. By 1959, the world has recovered from the Great War. England remains liberal… More > and conservative and the heart of a great empire. German national socialism has decayed into an increasingly civilianised hegemony in Eastern Europe presided over by a senile Goering. Russia is ruled by Lavrenti Beria. America has fallen under the arbitrary rule of Harry J. Anslinger. The reasons for this are what drives the plot of the novel. It opens with the return to England of Anthony Markham, an independent scholar who has been employed to write the biography of a largely forgotten and now dead Winston Churchill. Because the old drunk left his papers to Harvard University, Markham has had to spend a month in America. The question of what he is carrying in his document boxes involves the fate of England and of all bourgeois civilisation as it has been re-established after 1918.< Less
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Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely ProspectsBy Sean Gabb Paperback: £12.99
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We live in a world where Lady Chatterley’s Lover is an A Level text, and where documentaries about oral sex are shown on television. Even so, the battle for freedom of speech has not been won…. More > More fiercely than ever in England, it rages on other fronts. There are panics over the promotion of terrorism, and the alleged sexualisation of children. Above all, there is the official war on “hate.” In the name of good community relations, or simply to protect minorities from being upset, whole areas of debate that once were free are now policed. Dissidents risk punishments that range between formal imprisonment and unemployability. In this set of often controversial, essays, Sean Gabb puts the case for freedom of speech in the changed circumstances of today. His subjects include holocaust denial, the possession of child pornography, the rights of BNP members, and the persecution of Emma West, the South London “Tram Lady.”< Less
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Literary EssaysBy Sean Gabb Paperback: £9.99
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Why bother learning Latin? How did the Romans pronounce Greek? Should the Elgin Marbles be handed over to the Modern Greeks? Did the ancients have market economies? Should Epicurus be venerated above… More > Plato and Aristotle? Why is Carol Ann Duffy not even a bad poet? What makes Macaulay a great historian and L. Neil Smith a great science fiction novelist? Why is The Daily Mail—easily the best newspaper in England—not fit for wrapping fish and chips? Sean Gabb deals with these and other issues in this collection of essays. Lively and provocative, they are written for every lover of ancient or modern literature.< Less
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War and the National Interest: Arguments for a British Foreign PolicyBy Sean Gabb Paperback: £11.95
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British involvement in the war against Iraq may have been a crime: it was certainly a mistake. It advanced no British interest. It has instead caused thousands of deaths, and destabilised the Middle… More > East, and has brought this country into various degrees throughout the world of hatred and ridicule.< Less
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Smoking, Class and the Legitimisation of PowerBy Sean Gabb Paperback: £9.99
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The “War against Tobacco” is one of the central facts of modern life. In this book, Sean Gabb analyses the nature and progress of the “war”. The stated reasons for the war… More > have varied according to time and place. According to Dr Gabb, however, all reasons have one thing in common—they rest on a base of lies and half truths. But this is not simply a book about the history of tobacco and the scientific debate on its dangers. It also examines why, given the status of the evidence against it, there is a war against tobacco. Dr Gabb shows that this war is part of a much larger project of lifestyle regulation by the ruling class, and that its function is to provide a set of plausible excuses for the extraction of resources from the people and for the exercise of power over them. This book provides a kind of “unified field” theory to bring within a single explanatory structure some of the most important attacks on free choice and government limitation that we face today.< Less
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Despite historic ties, universities have generally enjoyed relative freedom from state control until the coming of the post-war era. In this collection of writings, Professor John Kersey, who is… More > President of European-American University and an established consultant with over 1,000 expert opinions on international credentials submitted for use before the US government, looks both at the mechanisms by which this freedom has been eroded and considers the theory and practice of the independent private sector university today. This unique book, the first to examine its subject in significant depth, is written accessibly to introduce the reader to a range of complex issues necessary for the understanding of the relationship between universities and the state. It makes a powerful case both for university freedom and for allied individual freedom in tertiary education through the use of distance and non-traditional educational methodologies.< Less
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A History of the Central School of ReligionBy John Kersey Hardcover: £8.49
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This book traces the history of one of the pioneers of distance and non-traditional education. The Central School of Religion, founded in 1896, is the oldest still-extant correspondence theological… More > school. A concluding section addresses the distinctive academic dress of the School.< Less
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Arnold Harris Mathew and the Old Catholic Movement in England 1908-52By John Kersey Paperback: £16.50
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A revised and condensed reprint of the author’s “A History of the Old Catholic Movement in England”, this book gives a detailed account of the life of Arnold Harris Mathew, consecrated by… More > the Union of Utrecht as Old Catholic bishop in England, and outlines his successors in the form of the Old Roman Catholic Church of Great Britain and the Liberal Catholic Church.< Less
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Joseph-Rene Vilatte (1854-1929): Some aspects of his life, work and successionBy John Kersey Paperback: £16.50
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This work attempts to provide a compact and accessible scholarly re-evaluation of the life and work of Joseph-René Vilatte (Mar Timotheos), a towering figure in the Free Catholic movement. It… More > attempts to provide a general biographical study of Vilatte, and then to discuss some particular aspects of his succession, including the posthumous attacks on him. It offers answers to the reader who is perhaps curious as to why an intelligent and well-intentioned clergyman whose work brought comfort and hope to several hundred folk at the least has been so extensively vilified by those he once worked alongside. Published by the Arnold Harris Mathew Center for the Study of the Independent Sacramental Movement at European-American University (Commonwealth of Dominica).< Less
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Conservative Party Politicians at the Turn of the 20th/21st Centuries: Their Attitudes, Behaviour and BackgroundBy Dr Nigel Gervas Meek Paperback: £55.00
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Lord of the Trolls

by Nick Land

Note: This sounds an interesting model for the Libertarian Alliance to follow. I could dress up in funny robes and go about chanting “Tutenda est Libertas,” or whatever. We might also get a younger and better-looking class of subscribers for the Executive Committee to seduce. Or we might just get some more paying subscribers. SIG (High Lord of the Spamming Lists) Continue reading

Belgium to euthanise her children

Note: I don’t like to comment on the internal affairs of other countries – not least because our newspapers are notoriously filled with inaccuracies and plain lies. However, if this Belgian law is as described, it strikes me as astonishingly evil in itself, and it will be made an argument against my own belief in the right of adults to ask others to help them commit suicide. SIG Continue reading

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A Case for the Landed Aristocracy (2014), by Sean Gabb Flash Animation

Sean Gabb,
A Case for the English Landed Aristocracy,
Speech to the (Other) Libertarian Alliance,
London, Monday 10th February 2014

To understand the rubbish heap that England has become, it is useful to look at the circumstances that prompted the emergence of the modern State in Europe.

Around the end of the thirteenth century, the world entered one of its cooling phases. In a world of limited technology, this lowered the Malthusian ceiling – by which I mean the limit to which population was always tending, and beyond which it could not for any long time rise. Populations that could just about feed themselves during the warm period were now too large. Continue reading

Opium: A Doctor Writes
The fun starts on p.20

William Roache Should Never Have Been Put on Trial

Note: This release was held over while I took advice on whether it might be in contempt of court. SIG

Libertarian Alliance News Release
Thursday the 6th February 2014
Release Time: Immediate
Contact: Dr Sean Gabb, sean, 07956 472 199

William Roache
Should Never Have Been Put on Trial

The Libertarian Alliance notes the acquittal today of the actor William Roache on all charges of sexual assault against minors during the 1960s.We also note the quality of the evidence given against him, mostly by women whose identities we cannot know, and who are nearly old enough to be collecting their old age pensions.

We make no comment on the motivations of the prosecution witnesses in this case. Nor do we make any comment on any case currently in progress. However, we suggest the following reforms to the law:

1. That no accusations of sexual assault should be received by the authorities more than three years after the date of the alleged offence, or more than a year after the accuser has reached the age of eighteen, whichever is longer;

2. That the identities of all prosecution witnesses should be made public.

We further suggest that whoever in the Crown Prosecution Service authorised the charges against Mr Roache to go to trial should be named and sacked and deprived of his or her pension.

The Libertarian Alliance believes that sexual assaults, involving actual or reasonably prospective violence, should be punished. We also believe that sexual assaults against children should be punished. At the same time, we believe in fair trials. No one should be put on trial so long after the alleged offences as Mr Roache was. No one should be put on trial except when there is reasonable evidence of guilt.

We deplore that these arguments are put so rarely in the mainstream media.



Notes to Editors

The Libertarian Alliance was founded in 1979, and is the foremost civil liberties and free market policy institute in the United Kingdom. With over 800 publications already available, its website grows by the week.

Dr Sean Gabb is Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He has written over a dozen books and around a million words of journalism, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programmes. His seven novels have been commercially translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Complex Chinese. His novel, The Churchill Memorandum, can be found on Amazon

Richard Blake: Straight Author Writes Gay Themes

Summer 2013 - GiovanniWhat is your current novel?
My latest novel, Curse of Babylon, has a very strong gay theme, and shows gay people in a particularly favourable way. I am the author of six historical novels, all published by Hodder & Stoughton in London.The protagonist in all of them is explicitly bisexual. He feels no embarrassment about following his tastes wherever they lead him These novels are:
Conspiracies of Rome by Richard Blake (8 Jan 2009)  The Terror of Constantinople (Aelric) by Richard Blake (21 Jan 2010)  The Blood of Alexandria (Aelric) by Richard Blake (17 Feb 2011)  The Sword of Damascus (Aelric) by Richard Blake (16 Feb 2012)  The Ghosts of Athens (Aelric) by Richard Blake (25 Apr 2013)  The Curse of Babylon (Aelric) by Richard Blake (2 Jan 2014)  Continue reading

Sean Gabb Reviews Keith Preston’s New Book

Review Article by Sean Gabb

Attack the System: A New Anarchist Perspective for the 21st Century
Keith Preston
Black House Publishing Ltd, London, 2013, 473pp, £16.50 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-0-9927365-0-7

I first came across Keith Preston in October 2008. In those days, the Libertarian Alliance was able to put up £1,000 every year for a prize essay. The title I had set for that year was “To what extent can a libertarian utopia be described as Tesco minus the State?” I wanted someone to analyse the frequent identification of libertarianism with the defence of big business. Though I had my own view of the question, the conclusions reached were less important than the quality of the analysis. Sadly, my question brought me a flood of autopilot defences of big business, all in the house style of the Adam Smith Institute. One of them began something like: “I’ve never heard of Tesco, so I’ll write about Wal-Mart.” It continued with a love letter so gushing, even Madsen Pirie might have given it a funny look. Continue reading

Should Slavery be Restored?

Note: This arrived in my inbox a few days ago, with a false return address. The covering note says:

“Please find attached an article which I would like to submit for publication on the Libertarian Alliance blog site.

“If you do not accept submissions, or if you think the article is rubbish, please let me know.

“Obviously the name is a pseudonym, and perhaps it is best to keep it that way.”

We do accept submissions, and the article is not rubbish – though it is rather eccentric in its conclusions. As ever, comments welcome. SIG Continue reading

Jonathan Bowden’s Sade

Note: An interesting essay, from a very naughty website – so naughty that prim libertarians like Yours Truly should not admit to knowing its existence, let alone to reading its articles.

Jonathan Bowden and I were contemporaries, and I believe we were several times together in the same room – he used to attend Libertarian Alliance conferences in the early 1990s. If this latter is so, we must have said hello once or twice. But I have no recollection of having met him. Then again, people whose writings are interesting often come over in person as terrible bores.

Now to the Divine Marquis. Along with Voltaire and Bayle et al. and Margarite Yourcenar, he is one of the few French writers I know well in the original. I read him in my teens for the porn. When I found that to be a gigantic trade misdescription, I turned to sneering at his philosophy. A few years ago, I looked again at his Philosophie dans le Boudoir. It bounces along from one utterance to the next, and is shorter than the novels. But the utterances are still piffle, and he writes in the style of a verbose bureaucrat. You can almost hear him licking a pencil between sentences. I am sure the occasional flash of comedy is unintentional.

Therefore, while I haven’t read it, I agree with the main thesis of Jonathan’s book, as described in this review. De Sade is at best silly. He did himself no favours by spending so much time away from playing with himself. His reputation survived through the 19th century because he had the misfortune to be locked away by every French Government from the ancien regime to the Restoration, and because the notoriety this gave to his name became an opportunity for poseurs like Swinburne to look shocking. His reputation is high today because he was taken up by a group of French lefties even more piffling and verbose than he was. If the European New Right wants to claim him as a luminary, my opinion of the European New Right will only tend to sink lower than it already is.

Most philosophical and political wisdom is to be found in – Epicurus, Sextus Empiricus, Bacon, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, John Stuart Mill. There are valuable insights beyond this progression. But these are the writers who asked the only questions that matter. If their answers are often conflicting, they all dance close by the probable truth. SIG Continue reading

Richard Blake Reviews “Myth and History”

Review Article by Richard Blake
Myth and History
Stephen James Yeates
Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2012, 496pp, £29.95 (pbk)
ISBN-13: 978-1842174784

I was told about this book by Dararis Tighe, whose own review can be found on Amazon. I refer you to her comments on its poor writing and sloppy editing. These are entirely just. Instead of repeating her, though, I will concentrate on the substantive claims made in the book. These are summarised in the product description:

Our recent understanding of British history has been slowly unravelling thanks to new techniques such as DNA analysis, new archaeological data and reassessment of the literary evidence. There are considerable problems in understanding the early history of Britain; sources for the centuries from the first Roman invasion to 1000 AD are few and contradictory, the archaeological record complex and there is little collaboration or agreement between archaeologists, Roman and Anglo-Saxon historians. A common assumption concerning the development of the English language and, therefore British history, is that there was an invasion from northern Europe in the fifth century, the so-called Anglo-Saxon migration; a model based on the writings of Bede. However the Bedan model has become increasingly unsustainable and is on the verge of collapse. Myth and History offers a comprehensive re-assessment of the present scientific, historical, archaeological and language evidence, debunking the model of British history based on Bede, and showing how Roman texts can be used in conjunction with the other evidence to build an alternative picture. Stephen Yeates demonstrates that the evidence that has been used to construct the story of an Anglo-Saxon migration, with an incoming population replacing most, if not all, of the British population has been found wanting, that initial attempts to interpret literally the DNA evidence based on historical sources are problematic, and that the best DNA analysis of the British Isles fits the evidence into a broader European view which attempts to plot the movement of people across the Continent and which sees the major migration periods in Europe as occurring in the Mesolithic and the Neolithic. This DNA analysis is constant with the latest assessments based on language development, contemporary historical reports from the Roman period, and the analysis of archaeological data from the Iron Age and Roman period. He also argues that the Roman texts can be used to identify where the Late Roman provinces of Britain actually lay and this leads to important conclusions about the ethnicity and origins of the early British peoples. This book is a timely attempt to unravel myth from history, present a cogent platform for Anglo-Saxon studies and understand who the British people really are. Continue reading

Sean Gabb, Speech to the London Swinton Circle, London, 24th January 2014

Note: I like my outings to the more traditional areas of the conservative movement. These people often have libertarian prejudices that are not shared by more formally liberal members and clients of the ruling class. They are also more polite in their disagreement. I had a good time last night in London. SIG Continue reading

We need guns to make us safer

The War Against Armed Crime:
We Need Guns to Make Us Safer
Sean Gabb
(Published in The Birmingham Post, 7th June 2006)

The current debate on armed crime is depressingly predictable. Everyone agrees something must be done. Just about everyone agrees this something must include laws against the sale or carrying or simple possession of weapons. More controls on weapons, the argument goes, the fewer weapons on the street: therefore lower levels of armed crime. Continue reading

New CD published

Dr Sean Gabb:


Originally posted on John Kersey:

A new CD has been issued by Romantic Discoveries Recordings:

Franz von Holstein (1826-78): Piano Sonata in C minor, op. 28
John Kersey, piano

Total time: 76 minutes 54 seconds

Franz von Holstein (1826-78): Piano Sonata in C minor, op. 28
1. Allegro con brio, un poco maestoso (9’58”) 2. Andante (7’35”) 3. Allegro appassionato (8’43”)
Otto Klauwell (1851-1917): Drei Stücke in Kanonform, op. 38:
4. Praeludium (2’43”) 5. Scherzo (1’13”) 6. Romanze (2’30”)
7. Variations in D minor, op. 22 (10’36”)
Hans Seeling (1828-62):
8. Impromptu, op. 8 no. 1 (1’42”) 9. Romance, op. 8 no. 2 (6’18”)
Wilhelm Speidel (1826-99): Suite (quasi Sonata), op.111:
10. Praeludium (2’24”) 11. Andante espressivo (3’03”) 12. Scherzo (3’27”) 13. Marcia funebre (9’41”) 14. Finale (6’30”)

Our thanks to Klaus Zehnder-Tischendorf for supplying scores of these rare works.

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Review of Mr Blake’s Curse of Babylon

Book review: The Curse of Babylon by Richard Blake

by Pam Norfolk

Published on the 22 January

By the 7th century, the Roman Empire was in tatters… Rome was a pile of rubble, Greece was virtually lost, Spain was overrun by barbarians and Saracens from the East were on the march.

Centre of this fast-crumbling empire was Constantinople, a glittering city of wealth, poverty and decadence, and the ideal power base for Richard Blake’s cynical anti-hero Aelric to wheel and deal his way through one of the murkiest periods in world history. 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.

Paleoism and the Traditional Britain Group

Paleoism and the Traditional Britain Group
by Keir Martland

In January 1990, Lew Rockwell wrote in the magazine ‘Liberty’ on ‘The Case for Paleolibertarianism’[1]. In this manifesto, he argued that while libertarians are often correct in their criticisms of conservatives, conservatives are often right in their criticisms of libertarians. He cites people like Russell Kirk and Robert Nisbet, with the latter claiming that libertarians were drifting so far from conservatism that they were coming to view the “coercions of the family, church, local community and school” as almost as corrosive of liberty as that of the state. Continue reading


Hoppe on Compromise

Newish Publications on Libertarian Alliance Website

Sean Gabb out of Action

Now back in England, have taken on a tricky but lucrative piece of ghost writing. Therefore, will suspend all libertarian activity till the weekend.