James Lawson was a founder of the Liberty League.
This weekend over 200 activists will gather for the Liberty League Freedom Forum. It's the UK's largest pro-freedom conference. Freedom Forum explores political and economic ideas underpinning civilisation, training attendees to promote free society. Within the recent Conservative Future elections, candidates were being criticised as “Liberty Leaguers”. We appreciate brand recognition, but the implication that Liberty League is a threat is misguided.
From the outset when Will Hamilton, Anton Howes and I founded Liberty League three years ago, it has been non-partisan. Whilst CF activists (including the new chairman) attend our events and are very welcome, Liberty League is non-party political. We invite everyone, from Lib-Dem coalition cousins to UKIPers or even Anarcho-Capitalists, to voice their personal opinions.
Our approach is thus pragmatic and progressive. There is no set opinion or policy within Liberty League. There are roles for both those supporting gradualist change by hacking away at the mainstream political process, and for radicals who prefer to focus purely on ideology. All our discussions focus on freedom.
As well as our conferences, we also support freedom-loving societies. When we began there were perhaps 3 active non-partisan student societies dedicated to promoting Liberty. Now there are over thirty, with more universities covered each year. We're also gaining strength amongst young professionals. We need to win the broader battle of ideas to sustain freedom for the future.