Keir John Edmund Martland reads History at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is a Tripos Prizeman and a Ratcliffe Scholar.
He is Director of the Ludwig von Mises Centre, also known as Mises UK. 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 the stateless mediaeval period; the history of capitalism, specifically its mediaeval origins; late mediaeval popular religion in Europe; late Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, and Turkey; 20th century conservative and libertarian politics; Thomistic and Salamanca School natural law theology; Anglo-Catholic theology and liturgies; the history of Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue from 17th century onwards; the Anglican realignment; 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 H.L. Mencken, Evelyn Waugh, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Aidan Nichols, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Robert Nisbet, Peter Hitchens, Sean 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 and he is a member of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society. In his spare time, he is a Warden and Sacristan at his College Chapel, he is Publicity Officer of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society (CUH&GS), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com or using the ‘Contact’ page on this website.