Keir Martland reads History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he is a member of a number of societies, including the Monarchists, the Union Society, and the Heraldic and Genealogical Society. He is part of the British libertarian and conservative movements through his involvement with various organisations, whether writing, speaking, or organising.
He is Director of Publications at educational charity the Libertarian Alliance, promoting and defending the free market and historic English civil liberties, and is currently working with others to establish Mises UK. Internationally, he is a member of, and has addressed, the Property & Freedom Society (PFS), which is a annual interdisciplinary conference of libertarians and conservatives. In addition to the PFS, he has spoken at various other groups and conferences such as to the Manchester Debating Union (on the legacy of the British Empire in February 2015), the Traditional Britain Group annual conference (on family structures in October 2014), and the Libertarian Alliance Meetup (on foreign policy in July 2016). He has also been interviewed on the radio on Good Morning Dublin and Cam FM on current affairs, and has appeared on podcasts such as the Wake Up Call Podcast and the FinTales podcast produced by financial analysis website FinLingo.Com
His writings and other content appear at a range of publications and websites including The Salisbury Review, both the Swedish and Spanish Mises Institutes, The Backbencher, ProudBoy Magazine, and The Libertarian Enterprise. In 2015 he published his first book, Liberty from a Beginner: Selected Essays (no longer in print). An expanded second edition, with a new paperback version, was published in 2016. His latest book Political and Cultural Essays was published in November 2016.
Keir joined the Conservative Party in 2009, serving from 2011 to 2013 as Secretary to the Wigan, Bolton and Salford branch of Conservative Future. For much of 2013, he assisted Thomas Stringer, along with a team of other editors, in running of the short-lived but highly popular webzine, The Libertarian (the-libertarian.co.uk). While he has in the past attended events by the Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA), his views are his own and do not necessarily represent those of CUCA or any other organisation, political or otherwise.
Keir’s main academic interests are: the constitutional history of mediaeval and early modern Britain; the later Roman Empire; Byzantine and early Church history; the Ottoman Empire; the history of political thought; conservative and libertarian politics in the twentieth century; rationalist and Thomistic philosophy; distributism; and Misesean economics. His liberal traditionalist views have developed through a synthesis of radical individualist anarchism and anarcho-capitalism, High Toryism, Tory Anarchism, and Anarcho-Monarchism. He has been strongly influenced by Edmund Burke, H.L. Mencken, Evelyn Waugh, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Robert Nisbet, Peter Hitchens, Sir Roger Scruton, Sean Gabb, and above all Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
A Traditionalist Catholic, he has a particular attachment to the ‘Extraordinary Form’ and the liturgy of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. In his spare time, he is a Warden at his College Chapel, volunteers for the Order of Malta, plays the piano and holds Grade 5 Practice (ABRSM), has an interest in botany, and holds a 4th Kyu in Shotokan Karate. He is to be contacted at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org or using the ‘Contact’ page on this website.