CONSERVATIVE PARTY YOUTH, THE LIBERTARIAN PARADIGM AND THE ROAD TO ANARCHO-CAPITALISM
This chapter begins with an examination of the politics and history of the Young Conservatives, and goes on to analyse the Federation of Conservative Students (FCS). It deals primarily with the period 1970-86 and the emergence of the Federation's Libertarian faction. Analysis of the FCS has been divided inter-generationally between two activist waves: 1970-78 and 1980-86. The chapter considers how the FCS came to think the 'unthinkable', and begins to address the question of where they drew their ideas from. Why, for example, did members of the FCS start, during the late 1970s, to support the legalisation of drugs, the privatisation of the Monarchy, and 'anti-racist' policies associated with international free migration, policies far removed from the traditional philosophical boundaries of Conservatism?
If we exclude the National Association of Conservative Graduates (NACG) for the time being, the Conservative Party had, before 1987, two major youth organisations, the Young Conservatives and the Federation of Conservative Students.
As we saw in Chapter I, the YCs took their modern form when R. A. Butler reorganised the party just after the Second World War. As____________________