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CUCA Port & Policy (12/10/2016)

The first Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA) ‘Port & Policy’ meeting this Term took place last night. (Photographs below taken by CUCA and from their Twitter page.) At this event, after having criticised the Osborne economic policy of a painfully slow reduction of the budget deficit, I spoke in favour of much more “austerity”, making the moral and practical case for a massive reduction in the size of the State. Further to this, I argued that it should not be the role of government macroeconomic policy to prevent recessions, especially following unsustainable booms caused by a loose monetary policy. In short, austerity works, and, while unpopular, it is the right thing to do. Other debates had at the meeting were over Grammar Schools and the Single Market.

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Shitocracy: Rule by Excrement

Shitocracy: Rule by Excrement

What is the difference between our political setup in the West and that of, say, Iran? Why, we are “democracies”! In the countries of the West, we rule ourselves, whether directly through plebiscites or indirectly through electing deputies. This, any constitutional textbook will have you believe, is what makes us in the West free, and everyone else unfree.

So what are these freedoms that we hold dear in the West? Trial by jury, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom from mutilation, habeas corpus, free markets, private property rights, limited government generally. These rights, and others as articulated by the classical liberal, conservative, and Natural Law traditions, are what make us who we are. (more…)

Libertarian Thoughts on Foreign Policy

The Fallout from the Brexit Referendum


Episode Summary

Keir Martland joins Adam Camac to discuss the fallout from the Brexit referendum, how the result will affect British political parties and politicians, whether the United Kingdom will undergo any territorial changes in the aftermath of the vote, and the potential global legacy of the Brexit vote.

About the Guest

Mr. Martland is the director of publications at The Libertarian Alliance and the host of the Free Life Podcast. He is the author of Liberty from a Beginner: Selected Essays.

You can follow his work at keirmartland.co.uk, via The Libertarian Alliance, and on Twitter.

Biographical information is from keirmartland.co.uk.

Book Mentioned
1. Liberty from a Beginner: Selected Essays by Keir Martland

Resources Mentioned
1. The Libertarian Alliance
2. Free Life Podcast
3. The Backbencher
4. Attack the System
5. England Calling with Robert Henderson
6. EU Referendum with Richard North
7. Peter Htichens’s The Mail on Sunday Blog
8. Peter Oborne’s Daily Telegraph Archive

Previous Appearance and Related Episodes
90. The Brexit Referendum and Its Background with Keir Martland (Monday, July 11, 2016)
37. Resistance to the European Union with Claudio Grass (Monday, April 18, 2016)
28. The Potential for Texas Secession with Daniel Miller (Tuesday, April 5, 2016)
23. British Politics and Scottish Secession with Andy Duncan (Tuesday, March 29, 2016)

The Brexit Referendum and its Background


Episode Summary

Keir Martland joins Adam Camac to discuss the Brexit referendum, its background, the campaign leading up to the referendum, and the arguments made for and against the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

About the Guest

Mr. Martland is the director of publications at The Libertarian Alliance and the host of the Free Life Podcast. He is the author of Liberty from a Beginner: Selected Essays.

You can follow his work at keirmartland.co.uk, via The Libertarian Alliance, and on Twitter.

Biographical information is from keirmartland.co.uk.

Book Mentioned
1. Liberty from a Beginner: Selected Essays by Keir Martland

Resources Mentioned
1. The Libertarian Alliance
2. Free Life Podcast
3. The Backbencher
4. Attack the System
5. England Calling with Robert Henderson
6. EU Referendum with Richard North
7. Peter Htichens’s The Mail on Sunday Blog
8. Peter Oborne’s Daily Telegraph Archive

Related Episodes
91. The Fallout from the Brexit Referendum with Keir Martland (Wednesday, July 13, 2016)
37. Resistance to the European Union with Claudio Grass (Monday, April 18, 2016)
28. The Potential for Texas Secession with Daniel Miller (Tuesday, April 5, 2016)
23. British Politics and Scottish Secession with Andy Duncan (Tuesday, March 29, 2016)

A Brief Word on the Conservative Leadership Election

A Brief Word on the Conservative Leadership Election
By Keir Martland
(30th June 2016)

All of the candidates stink. All of them backed intervention in Syria in Autumn 2013 and December 2015. All of them backed the Libyan Regime Change in 2011. None of them has a strong track-record in defending civil liberties.

When the nominations closed at noon today, I was terribly dispirited. I had long hoped that civil libertarian and right-wing patriot David Davis would stand. When it became apparent that he would not, I had hoped that the rebel anti-interventionist John Baron would secure a nomination. He was unsuccessful. So who on earth does that leave? (more…)

Is the realignment happening already?

Is the realignment happening already?
By Keir Martland
(26th June 2016)

At about midnight, the globalists in the Parliamentary Labour Party began their coup. Blairite Hilary Benn told socialist anti-interventionist Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn that he had no confidence in his leadership and the latter had no option but to give him the sack. Today we have seen a string of resignations, with half the Shadow Cabinet allegedly ready to resign to remove Corbyn. At the moment, Corbyn seems ready to put his own name forward to fight off the leadership challenge, but this may change if it becomes apparent that he doesn’t have the confidence of his Parliamentary Party. You do need the support of your MPs if you are to lead your Party. (more…)