“Not Just Tobacco,” by Chris R. Tame


Not Just Tobacco:
Health Scares, Medical Paternalism, and Individual Liberty
By Chris R. Tame

First published on the 20th April 2016
By the Hampden Press, London
© Chris R. Tame, Sean Gabb (Editor), 2016

PREFACE BY SEAN GABB (2016)

The Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST) was an organisation set up in 1979 by the British tobacco industry for the purpose described in its name. Its first Directors were Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris and Lieutenant-General Sir Geoffrey Charles Evans. Though men of some distinction, neither had experience of dealing with the corporate bureaucrats who funded their activities. Their names remained on the headed notepaper, but they were replaced in 1981 by Stephen Eyres, who had been an effective Campaigns Director at the Freedom Association. Under his leadership, FOREST settled into a well-funded and well-connected opposition to the growing clamour against the tobacco industry and its customers. His genius lay in persuading his funders that his increasingly libertarian campaign for free choice was no danger to their own wish for a compromise with the prohibitionists. Continue reading

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New Book by Chris R. Tame


Not Just Tobacco: Health Scares,
Medical Paternalism, and Individual Liberty

Chris Tame (1949-2006) was the Founder and Director of the Libertarian Alliance, and was the most prominent British libertarian of his age. Between 1990 and 1995, he directed the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST)

The current war against tobacco should not be seen as an isolated phenomenon. Indeed it cannot be understood fully – or effectively criticised – outside of a much broader context, including those of ethics, political ideology, the nature of special interest groups, class conflict, and the nature of science, amongst others. In this book, the war against tobacco is placed in the context of the myriad other health scares and paternalist campaigns that seem to monopolise so much of the media’s space and attention.

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The Science of Liberty: Selected Essays on Politics, Culture and Economics


Chris Tame (1949-2006) was the Founder and Director of the Libertarian Alliance, and was the most prominent British libertarian of his age.
The works assembled in this book attempt to demonstrate that classical liberalism (or ‘libertarianism’, to employ the more recent neologism for this intellectual tradition) was a richer, deeper and more systematic school of thought than is normally portrayed. They also try to analyse why that tradition went into decline, and why it has, in recent years, enjoyed a revival. A number of the essays are also attempts to apply that more systematic perspective to a number of topics in different disciplines.
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Chris Tame: Ten Years on


Chris R. Tame: Ten Years After
by Sean Gabb

When Samuel Johnson died, his friend William Hamilton commented: “He has made a chasm, which not only nothing can fill up, but which nothing has a tendency to fill up. Johnson is dead. Let us go to the next best:—there is nobody; no man can be said to put you in mind of Johnson.” It is now ten years since the death of Chris R. Tame, Founder and first Director of the Libertarian Alliance. I can think of nothing more fitting that to repeat those words. Continue reading