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

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Chapter IV
THE THIRD GENERATION The Continued Libertarianisation of Conservative Youth Structures

Although the FCS was disbanded by the Conservative Party in the autumn of 1986, the Libertarians did not fade away. Within a short period of time both the party's new student group, the ' Conservative Collegiate Forum' and the YC s began to adopt a philosophical world-view based upon Libertarian and anarcho-capitalist ideas. This chapter begins by outlining the nature of these developments and goes on to present a comparative organisational analysis.


4.1 The Libertarian Permeation of the Conservative Collegiate Forum

In November 19861 the Conservative Party announced that the affairs of Conservative students were to be managed in future by a new group called the ' Conservative Collegiate Forum' ( CCF). At the time CCO expressed the coded wish that this group would be 'more representative of Conservative student opinion' and clearly hoped it would go a long way towards removing the problem of Libertarianism. While the mechanics of the CCF took around a year to finalise, it was clear from the outset that its members were not going to have the kind of autonomy and freedom the FCS had enjoyed. There were to be no annual elections. Instead, officers at national and regional levels were to be appointed directly by senior Party officials.

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