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Keir John Edmund Martland is a conservative-libertarian in both the Austrian School and British Tory traditions. He reads History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he is Publicity Officer of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society (CUH&GS).

He is Director of Publications at educational charity the Libertarian Alliance, promoting and defending the free market and historic English civil liberties, and is Director of the Ludwig von Mises Centre, also known as Mises UK. A member of the Conservative Party, he has previously held elected posts in local Conservative Future branches, and he identifies with both the traditionalist and libertarian elements within that party. He is a regular speaker at libertarian conferences such as at Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey. Other speaking engagements have included at universities, for example at the Manchester Debating Union in 2015 where he spoke on the legacy of the British Empire, and at the Libertarian Alliance ‘Meetup’ in London in 2016 where addressed the topic of foreign policy. He also appears in the news media from time to time, such as on Dublin City FM discussing the European Union Referendum in 2016, and on Cambridge University student radio station Cam FM. He has also been interviewed on podcasts such as the Wake Up Call Podcast and the FinTales podcast produced by financial analysis website FinLingo.Com His writings have been published by The Salisbury Review, The Backbencher, Quadrangle Magazine, among others, and he has published a book of selected essays under the title Political and Cultural Essays.

Keir’s main academic interests are: private government and private law in feudal England; the history of capitalism, specifically its mediaeval origins; Patristics (the study of the early Church Fathers); the ecclesiastical history of Britain; the later Roman Empire and early Byzantium; the Ottoman Empire and Turkey; conservative and libertarian politics; Thomistic natural law; distributism; and Misesean economics. His liberal traditionalist views have developed through a synthesis of radical individualist anarchism and anarcho-capitalism, High Toryism, Tory Anarchism, and Anarcho-Monarchism. He has been strongly influenced by Edmund Burke, H.L. Mencken, Evelyn WaughG.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Robert NisbetPeter Hitchens, Sir Roger ScrutonSean Gabb, and above all Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Opposed to the use of the State’s coercive monopoly to achieve social change, Keir advocates radical decentralisation and proprietary or covenant communities.

He is a Roman Catholic convert from High Anglicanism and in 2017 was received into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. In his spare time, he is a Warden and Sacristan at his College Chapel, volunteers for the Order of Malta, plays the piano and holds Grade 5 Practice (ABRSM), has an interest in botany, and holds a 4th Kyu in Shotokan Karate. He is to be contacted at kjm68@cam.ac.uk or at martland@misesuk.org or using the ‘Contact’ page on this website.