History of the Libertarian Alliance

The Libertarian Alliance (LA) was formed in 1967 and is Britain’s most radical free market and civil liberties think tank – hosting the world’s second largest libertarian web site after the CATO Institute in Washington, DC. It is recognised by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as a charity for tax purposes.

The LA currently has nearly 800 pamphlets in print and has published more than 150 authors. It has attracted widespread press and media interest, and has been at the forefront of establishing libertarian ideas as an important part of modern political discourse.

Dr Sean Gabb, the Director of the Libertarian Alliance, speaks regularly on the Television, and on the radio, in current affairs programmes and where comment is required.

The Purpose and Strategy of the Libertarian Alliance was published as LA Tactical Notes No.1 in 1981 and is available on this web site. It remains the best introductory guide to the organisation by underlining its primary purpose to explain radical free market ideas to members of the public be they students, journalists, businessmen, academics, government officials or anyone else interested in the future.

Building up an influential network of free market scholars and commentators throughout the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and beyond, has enabled the Libertarian Alliance to become the major global publishing operation that it is.

Dr Chris R. Tame, Founder and first Director of the Libertarian Alliance, died in March 2006. He was succeeded by Dr Timothy Evans and Dr Sean Gabb, who as President and Director, jointly ran the organisation until 2011, when Dr Evans retired as President.