LA News Release: “Abolish the BBC”

The Libertarian Alliance

In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: Wednesday 20th June 2007
Release Time: Immediate

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Dr Sean Gabb (Director), 07956 472 199,

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The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today calls for the immediate abolition of the BBC and the removal of all barriers to a free market in broadcasting.

(In its 18th June 2007 report, From Seesaw to Wagon Wheel, the BBC admits to systematic bias in favour of an enlarged and activist state, and against liberty and tradition.)

Commenting on this report, Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:

“The BBC is a propaganda vehicle for the ruling class – that is, for that loose coalition of politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, educators, and media and business people who derive wealth and power and status from an enlarged and activist state.

“In its mealy-mouthed, bureaucratic way, the BBC has now admitted that its core function is not to report the news or to entertain the public, but to impose the specific ideological viewpoint known as �political correctness�, an evil axis of anti-liberal, anti-white racist, anti-Western, anti-Enlightenment and collectivist values and coercive social engineering. With the decline of old style Marxism and Socialism this form of illiberal doctrine has gained a growing and hegemonic role throughout much of academia, charities and civil organizations, churches, social and welfare services, most political parties, and government and the civil service. But its main transmission mechanism is via a controlled media, of which the BBC is the natural centre.

“As an ideology, political correctness promotes the power and privileges of the ruling class. It stigmatises and demonises any dissenting opinion, seeks to censor and silence it, and manipulates information in order to balkanize society into alleged �victim� groups who provide tribalistic bases for the exercise of political power – and the extraction of economic profit – by that class.

“The answer to this admitted bias is not better regulation: all regulation must ultimately be overseen by the same members or clients of the ruling class who produced the bias. It is not privatisation: that will do nothing more than turn a propaganda vehicle for the ruling class into a profitable propaganda vehicle for the ruling class.

“The only answer is full and immediate abolition. The BBC should be taken off air. Its employees should be sacked and its buildings sold off. All its internal records should be destroyed. All its copyrights should be thrown into the public domain.

“At the same time, all the Broadcasting Acts should be repealed, and the airwaves should be opened to private appropriation in the same way as land in an uninhabited territory is open to appropriation. The sole function of law in such an environment should be to ensure that appropriated frequencies are actually used, and that other broadcasters do not trespass on the frequencies appropriated by each.

“There should be no more regulation of what is broadcast in this environment than there now is of what is printed.

“But we must begin with the BBC. It must be destroyed – before it destroys us.”


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His new book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, is available for free download at

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

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  • Great and tight analysis, by Sean, of the BBC and why it has become OUR PROBLEM. the question we ought to ask ourselves is how (we) allowed this to happen to such an established and respected organisation. Simon Heffer of course also takes it apart in today’s DTel.

  • Bravo. We have the same problem here in the U.S. We must end the FCC and NPR and other varied government funding of radio etc.

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