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The Middle Ages as Ordered Anarchy (PFS 2017)   Leave a comment


Posted October 16, 2017 by keirmartland in History, Public Speaking, Video

The mediaeval roots of European freedom   Leave a comment

On the evening of 27th September 2017, I visited the boys at The Oratory School to give a short talk. I gave no title at the time, but a title which suggests itself retrospectively is ‘The medieval roots of European freedom.’ Here is a very brief outline of the 30 minute talk:

How do we explain freedom or liberalism? Any Little Englander will tell you that England is a bit special, but there are other such places in Europe worth investigating. Racialistic accounts, such as in Mein Kampf, and other accounts such as Max Weber’s, of how small countries like England and Holland came to dominate the world, are flawed. Explanations of the ‘European miracle’, too, are mostly confused, often lapsing into 19th century historicism. Rather, we must look to how our early and high mediaeval forebears thought about and practised law and kingship to come to a better understanding of liberal England and liberal Europe. After all, it was in the mediaeval period that the foundations of much that we hold dear – whether economic, political, cultural, or religious – were laid. Ideas and practices worth considering here are: strong kinship bonds; fealty; oath-helping/compurgation; the sovereignty of law; the absence of sovereign territoriality; the absence of the Divine Right of Kings; the consensus fidelium; the right of resistance etc.

Posted September 27, 2017 by keirmartland in History, Public Speaking

PFS 2016 Talk – On the Glorious Revolution   Leave a comment

Posted October 1, 2016 by keirmartland in Public Speaking

How Glorious was the “Glorious Revolution”?   Leave a comment

How Glorious was the “Glorious Revolution”?
(Adapted from an address to the 11th meeting of the Property & Freedom Society)
By Keir Martland

I would like to begin by thanking Professor Hoppe and Dr Imre Hoppe for their generosity in inviting me to speak on 2nd September to such an august gathering as the Property and Freedom Society – and at such a young age. The topic of the speech I gave was the so-called Glorious Revolution, although it might as easily have been titled “On Politics and Religion”, so central were these two themes to my own speech. Therefore, at the beginning of this essay I cannot help but recall an anecdote told of G.K. Chesterton. The great man was offered a column by the Illustrated London News Company and he very humbly asked on what he could possibly write for them. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 8, 2016 by keirmartland in History, Public Speaking

Libertarian Thoughts on Foreign Policy   Leave a comment

Property & Freedom Society 2016   Leave a comment

I will be speaking later this year (September, 2016) at the 11th annual meeting of the Property & Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey.

A list of this year’s speakers can be found here:

Posted July 2, 2016 by keirmartland in Public Speaking