Keir Martland reads History at Selwyn College, Cambridge. 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 the free market and traditional English liberty. Internationally, he is a member of the Property & Freedom Society, which is a salon of libertarian and conservative intellectuals and which exists to further a radical decentralist, secessionist, anti-egalitarian, anti-imperialist movement worldwide.
His writings appear on a range of sites including the Swedish and Spanish Mises Institutes, The Backbencher, ProudBoy Magazine, Attack the System, and The Libertarian Enterprise. In 2015 he published his first book, ‘Liberty from a Beginner: Selected Essays.’ An expanded second edition, with a new paperback version, was published in 2016. Keir has spoken at the Manchester Debating Union and the Traditional Britain Group annual conference and may be contacted here to comment on current affairs on behalf of the Libertarian Alliance Committee.
A Tory by inclination, 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). He has life membership of the Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA).
In August 2014, having already written the 197th essay of their Political Notes series (following in the footsteps of David Webb, Peter Tatchell, and J. Enoch Powell), Keir joined the Libertarian Alliance Committee as Director of Youth Affairs, responsible primarily for youth outreach and social media presence. In October, he addressed the annual conference of the Traditional Britain Group on the topic of ‘Family and Culture’ at the Grosvenor Hotel, London.
In February 2015, Keir was invited to speak at the Manchester Debating Union on the legacy of the British Empire. Later that year he attended the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Property & Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey. In October 2015, he launched the Free Life Podcast for the Libertarian Alliance, its name inspired by the former journal.
In June 2016, Keir replaced Dr Nigel Meek as Director of Publications for the Libertarian Alliance, with responsibility for the organisation’s scholarly articles. In July 2016, Keir gave a speech to the Libertarian Alliance in London on foreign policy, and in September 2016 he will be addressing the 11th Annual Meeting of the Property & Freedom Society on the subject of the English Revolution of 1688.
Keir’s main academic interests are mediaeval and early modern Britain, the Roman Empire, the history of political thought, the history and institution of the monarchy, conservative and libertarian politics, rationalist and Thomistic philosophy, distributism, and Misesean economics. Keir’s writings exhibit his paleolibertarian views, which 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, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Enoch Powell, Murray Rothbard, Sean Gabb, and Hans-Hermann Hoppe.