Liberty from a Beginner: Selected Essays (Second Edition)
Twenty Five Essays with an Introductory Overview
By Keir Martland
Foreword by Sean Gabb
FROM THE REVIEWS
“[these essays] break out of the dead end that British libertarianism – and much American – has found itself in since about 1980.” – Sean Gabb (Libertarian Alliance)
“Keir Martland provides a perspective that synthesizes Rothbardian libertarianism with cultural traditionalism to offer insights that are as penetrating as they are rare.” – Keith Preston (Attack the System)
If you are new in the libertarian movement, Martland’s book will provide you with the right insights to enable you to defend efficiently and realistically a free society. If you are already involved in the movement, there is still a lot you can learn from reading this book…Liberty from a Beginner certainly is a refreshing book to read.” – Christian Robitaille
Critical of the state of the libertarian movement, this book is an appeal for libertarians to grow up and for a new paleolibertarian-paleoconservative alliance.
All too often, libertarians focus on cuts in the top rate of income tax, deregulation of the banking sector, and welfare reform. These policies are all well and good, but if a real libertarian government comes to power in the United Kingdom, they would not be on the top of the agenda. We have lost touch with reality. We have lost our way.
Libertarians need to re-examine many of their stances and ask whether they are the right thing for 21st century Britain. Much of the time, this is not the case. For example, the policy of open borders is not only unpopular, but is also theoretically flawed as well as at the root of many of Britain’s current social problems.
Libertarianism’s cultural framework has become a blend of moral relativism, egalitarianism, modernism and libertinism with the modal libertarian often conflating legality with morality.
Not only this, but libertarians don’t understand history. In the great historical struggle between the Whigs and the Tories, libertarians take the side of the former and not the latter. An in-depth and revisionist look at our country’s history will show this to be nothing short of utter folly!
This short book aims to provide an introduction to a libertarian approach to issues which are often neglected by many contemporary libertarians themselves.