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Refreshing, realistic, and uncompromisingly radical


by Swithun Dobson

I believe my first memory of Sean was him defending the introduction of the R18 certification by the BBFC in 2000 on a 5 Live phone-in – even though this maybe a phantom, it is certainly an apt one given Sean’s unwavering belief that consenting adults should legally be able to do as they please. In the year 2000, I had very little idea who he actually was. In sixth form, a few years later,  I began to really discover classical liberalism, reading many of the works of the Institute for Economic Affairs. In my early years at university I devoured more hardcore libertarian texts and then stumbled across the Libertarian Alliance blog. What was refreshing about it was that it was an uncompromisingly radical organisation from England. Sean linked his appearances on BBC radio in which he called for the entire abolition of alcohol licensing laws and the rolling back of the police state. This was a far cry from some of the dull, wonkish publications from the IEA, in particular the egregiously dull title, The Dangers of Bus Re-Regulation. There was simply no-one else who was vaguely in the public eye who would defend some of the more radical libertarian positions. Read more

Always travel with Sean


by Robert Grözinger

Apart from us both being staunch libertarians, Sean and I share a few things more in common. For example, we both were enthusiastic amateur astronomers in our youth. And we both love Richard Wagner. Especially the latter’s music came in handy once when Sean helped me collect some personal effects from my deceased father’s house in Braunschweig, Germany. It was early January 2012. I had to hire a van, driving from my home in the south-west of England. Sean and his lovely wife Andrea kindly allowed me to stay the night in their home in Deal, near Dover. Not only that: Sean had even agreed to accompany me to my old home country and share some of the driving. (When I first put my plan to him some weeks before and asked him to help me, he immediately said he would be “delighted”.) Having gone all the way to Braunschweig, we used the free day we had before returning to pass through the now defunct (indeed, virtually invisible) Iron Curtain nearby and visit the east German medieval town of Halberstadt. Here we soaked in the old history on display in a local museum. I think something he saw there inspired Sean to include it in one of his rip-roaring Alaric-novels. A wax tablet with a richly adorned silver frame it was, if I remember correctly, part of the spoils brought back from Constantinople by a Bishop of Halberstadt during the Crusades. Anyway, on the way out from, and back to, England, we listened to almost the whole of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle (Sean provided the CDs), all the while debating how best to fix the world. Conclusion: If you have to cross half a continent in a van both ways, there is no better way of doing this than by being accompanied by one of the most learned and formidable thinkers of our time, with whom you can conduct a formidable intellectual tour d’horizon, while both of you enjoy music from the most formidable opus by the most formidable composer who ever lived. Thank you, Sean. That trip was a great experience and honour. Read more

Sean Gabb Turns Sixty


by Keir Martland

Over the next few days, there shall follow a short series of articles extolling the virtues of Dr Sean Gabb. A lengthier series could be devoted to his manifold sins and naughtiness. Since Sean is so secretive about his actual birthday, I have decided to start this series some distance from the date itself. The first instalment is by yours truly.

How to begin? Well, if the term means anything, Sean Gabb has been my ‘best friend’ for more years than is medically recommended. Not only can I be sure we are always on the same page politically-speaking, but we also share many of the same social and cultural prejudices, and a common black sense of humour, not to mention cynicism by the bucketload. This is no small feat for both of us since he is without question an Enlightenment man – a Millian liberal, a religious sceptic, a believer in scientific Progress – and I am a Counter-Enlightenment Catholic. For all this, somehow our outlooks often represent two sides of the same coin. Read more

Mises UK-CEVRO scholar reports on his experience


Do take the time to read the below, by Richard Mason, our Mises UK scholar at the CEVRO Institute:

Richard Mason writes, “Having been involved with SFL for much of my university career, I’d naturally heard many great things about CEVRO. The idea of broadening my understanding of politics, philosophy and economics under a prestigious international faculty was, of course, very enticing. Obviously, the idea of living and studying in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe was a pretty exciting concept as well.

So, as I pondered the potential routes I could take after graduating from my B.A., applying to CEVRO seemed like a great option. Fast-forward half a year from my acceptance letter, and I’m so glad I applied!

CEVRO and the PPE programme have not only met, but exceeded my expectations. While still in my first trimester, and thus just at the start of my M.A. journey, the content and structure of the courses so far have been seriously impressive. The core courses provide a great foundation for a broad understanding of all things PPE, while the electives allow a good deal of freedom to focus and specialise on something more specific.

The fact that these classes are taught by a world-class faculty is a cherry on top, especially since you get to work so closely with faculty, rather than sit behind 300 students in a lecture hall. This access to wonderful professors allows for a far more tailor-made experience than I’d imagine can be found at larger institutions.

This is only further evidenced by the individual support offered by CEVRO’s staff. Links to essay competitions, conferences, scholarships, and other academic opportunities are frequently shared with us on the course’s Facebook page, meaning we never miss an opportunity to showcase our work to the world.

As for the people I’m lucky enough to study with, I was very pleasantly surprised by the diversity of thoughts and opinions of my classmates. There’s plenty of room and opportunity for interesting, heated discussions on numerous topics both in class and out. Plus, when we aren’t discussing, the city of Prague famously has a plethora of social opportunities both day and night. With such a great student body, as well as the city’s large expat community, I haven’t found the time to feel bored!

To be able to study PPE in the heart of Prague, with a great range of scholarships available for many students, was naturally a no-brainer to me. I was fortunate enough to get one of these scholarships from the Mises Centre UK, and many more are offered to potential students from all over the world.

Anyone looking for an M.A. programme with a diverse curriculum, great opportunities for independent study, supportive staff, a close-knit family of classmates, and a truly exceptional international faculty need look no further. CEVRO is the place to go!”

Clearly CEVRO is everything Richard hoped it would be. If this piqued your interest, find out more about applying for the Mises UK scholarship at the excellent CEVRO Institute, Prague. 

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