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Libertarian Alliance Prize Essay Announcement (1000 pounds)

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  • Dr Sean Gabb
    NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE In Association with the Libertarian International Release Date: Saturday 30th August 2008 Release Time: Immediate
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2008
      In Association with the Libertarian International

      Release Date: Saturday 30th August 2008
      Release Time: Immediate

      Contact Details:
      Dr Sean Gabb on 07956 472 199 or via sean@...

      For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
      Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr071.htm


      The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties
      policy institute, today announces the title for its 2008 Chris R. Tame
      Memorial Essay Prize competition.

      This Prize is funded by a generous grant from The PROMIS Unit of Primary
      Care and is in honour of Chris R. Tame (1949-2006) Founder and first
      Director of the Libertarian Alliance. The Prize is worth £1000.

      The essay title for 2008 is:

      "Can a Libertarian Society be Described as 'Tesco minus the State'?"
      Essay Length: 3,000 words excluding notes and bibliography
      Submission Date: 10th October 2008

      Explanatory Note

      The purpose of this year's essay title is to draw wider attention to a
      debate that has been taking place within the libertarian movement for
      over a century, and that is now more relevant than ever: is big business
      really part of the free market in which libertarians believe? Or is it
      just the "third way" between free enterprise and socialism?

      Many socialists and conservatives regard libertarians as cheerleaders for
      big business. Our belief in free enterprise is understood as support for
      the bigger, and therefore the more successful, corporations - General
      Motors, Microsoft, HSBC, Tesco, and so forth - and for an international
      financial system centred on the City of London.

      Some libertarians are happy to be so regarded. They dislike the way in
      which big government provides opportunities for big business to acquire
      privileges that shelter it from competition. Even so, they believe that a
      world without government, or a world with much less government, would be
      broadly similar in its patterns of enterprise to the world that we now
      have. It would be much improved, but not fundamentally dissimilar.

      Other libertarians disagree. They regard big business as fundamentally a
      creation of big government. Incorporation laws free entrepreneurs from
      personal risk and personal responsibility, and allow the growth of large
      business organisations that are bureaucratically managed. These
      organisations then cartellise their markets and externalise many of their
      costs. The result is systematic distortion of market behaviour from the
      forms it would take without government intervention. These libertarians
      often go further in their analysis by denying the legitimacy of
      intellectual property rights and ownership rights in land beyond what any
      individual can directly use.

      Where do you stand in this debate? Are you broadly comfortable with a
      global capitalism that is raising billions of people from starvation
      towards affluence. Or are you a radical with a vision of a society that
      has never yet been tried and is as alien and even frightening to most
      people as anything promised by the Marxists.

      The winner of the 2008 competition will be announced at the London
      conference of the Libertarian Alliance, on Saturday the 25th October at
      the National Liberal Club.

      Full details of the Prize at
      Full details of the Conference at


      Note(s) to Editors

      Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His latest
      book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England,
      and How to Get It Back, may be downloaded for free from
      http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. It may also be bought. His other books are
      available from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.

      He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

      Extended Contact Details:

      The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil
      liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets
      and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms.
      These are freely available at http://www.libertarian.co.uk

      Our postal address is

      The Libertarian Alliance
      Suite 35
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      London W1J 6HL
      Tel: 07956 472 199

      Associated Organisations

      The Libertarian International - http://www.libertarian.to - is a sister
      organisation to the Libertarian Alliance. Its mission is to coordinate
      various initiatives in the defence of individual liberty throughout the

      Sean Gabb's personal website - http://www.seangabb.co.uk - contains about
      a million words of writings on themes interesting to libertarians and

      Hampden Press - http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.- the publishing house of
      the Libertarian Alliance.

      Liberalia - http://www.liberalia.com - maintained by by LA Executive
      member Christian Michel, Liberalia publishes in-depth papers in French
      and English on libertarianism and free enterprise. It is a prime source
      of documentation on these issues for students and scholars.

      This news release will also be placed on the Libertarian Alliance blog -

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