Was Margaret Thatcher a Libertarian Hero?

Published on Oct 11, 2016

Conservatives and many libertarians look back fondly on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whom they remember for taking on trade unions and the left, and advocating free-market economic policy. Is this an accurate picture of the former British leader? Sean Gabb joins me for an unconditional look at Margaret Thatcher. Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show:



Further Thoughts on Theresa May

Further Thoughs on Theresa May
by Sean Gabb
(7th October 2016)

I delivered my interim report on Theresa May at the weekend. On Wednesday, I watched her main speech to the Conservative Party Conference. It was a very accomplished speech, perhaps the most accomplished speech of its kind since James Callaghan delivered his sermon on economic reality to the Labour Party Conference in 1976. I also noted one quotation from Vergil (“Parcere subiectis et debellare superbos”), and another from Horace (Carpe diem). Mrs May is no Demosthenes or Burke, but she appears to have good taste in speechwriters. Beyond that, I had nothing to add to what I had already said. Continue reading

Theresa May: An Interim Report

Theresa May: An Interim Report
by Sean Gabb
(2nd October 2016)

Though she was the only candidate not manifestly unfit to keep watch on a public toilet, I groaned when Theresa May became Prime Minister. She had been a dreadful Home Secretary. In the Referendum, she had formally supported the Remain side. There was reason to suspect, given its abbreviated manner, that her appointment was some kind of Plan B by the Conservative Party establishment to ignore the will of the people. Continue reading

Don’t be fooled: EU enthusiast Teresa May is intent on subverting Brexit (Robert Henderson)

Robert Henderson

In office for less than 48 hours, Teresa May showed her true colours and intentions for Brexit when she made the remarkable promise that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will not be activated until there is agreement between Westminster and the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This has the effect of allowing the UK’s departure indefinitely. In a separate statement SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has supported this idea. May has also visited Wales and said she wanted the Welsh government to be “’involved and engaged’ in Brexit negotiations.” Continue reading

English, and Therefore Sedate, but a Revolution All the Same

English, and Therefore Sedate, but a Revolution All the Same
By Sean Gabb
(14th July 2016)

My friends are generally disappointed by the new Government. Looking at the short term, it is hard not to agree with them. At its head, we have Theresa May. She was a monstrous Home Secretary. She gave us at least one Investigatory Powers Act, the details of which chill the blood of any liberal. Her Psychoactive Substances Act makes everything pleasurable we can eat, drink, sniff or inject illegal unless specifically allowed by law. Despite assurances to the contrary, she presided for six years over Merkelesque levels of immigration. She even campaigned for us to stay in the European Union. Now she is Prime Minister. Continue reading

Clarke discusses the Tory Leadership “Fiasco”

Ken Clarke, for whom I have an enormous amount of respect, has been caught on camera giving the most sober analysis of the Conservative Leadership Election out there. He concedes Leadsom could be alright, admits he hasn’t a clue what Crabb stands for, and calls May “a bloody difficult woman.” Most interesting are his comments on Michael Gove:  Continue reading

A Brief Word on the Conservative Leadership Election

NB. The Libertarian Alliance as an educational charity takes no view of party politics. The following reflects the opinions of the author alone.

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? Continue reading