Conservative Radicalism: A Sociology of Conservative Party Youth Structures and Libertarianism, 1970-1992

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Chapter III
THE RISE OF THE YOUNG LIBERTARIAN RIGHT AND PSEUDO-LEFTIST EMULATION

This chapter traces the emergence of Libertarian thought within the FCS back to St Andrews University, and goes on to examine the movement's subsequent culture and politics. It links the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour of the Federation's Libertarian faction with an analysis of both their intellectual roots and their iconography. It concentrates on how the Conservative Party's young Libertarian right was influenced by a variety of free market authors, academics and pressure groups, and how their ideas related to the creation of a distinctly anarchistic political world-view.


3.1 The Role and Importance of the St Andrews Set

While it is always difficult to explain historical events and the precise nature of the relationship between individuals, their ideas and wider social factors such as class, there is little doubt that the St Andrews University Conservative Association had a major determining influence on the political orientation of the FCS in the 1970s. For St Andrews University was the place where a number of Conservative students gathered -- seemingly by accident -- who were to play a leading role in the subsequent rise of Libertarianism within the Federation. Although there were others, for instance at the London School of Economics, St Andrews emerged as the main staging post, the cat-

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