Oxford Libertarian Society

Who are we?

We’re a student society at the University of Oxford committed to exploring and promoting libertarian ideas.

Libertarians believe quite simply in the maximisation of individual freedom. This is in marked contrast to the two main strands of political ideology in Britain: have you noticed how the Left seem to be in favour of personal freedoms but want to ban capitalist acts between consenting adults while the Right support just the opposite? If you’ve ever been troubled by this lack of consistency, look no further. We support civil liberties, private property, free markets, the rule of law and most importantly limited government as the institutions most able to promote liberty.

Prior to Michaelmas Term 2008, the society was called the Oxford Hayek Society. You can find out more about our history on the About Us page and in the first edition of our termly magazine, the Individualist.

What do we do?

Primarily we organise speaker meetings on a range of topics including current affairs, political philosophy, economics, and history. People of any political persuasion are more than welcome to attend any of our events free of charge, which are usually followed by questions and a discussion – generally the more people who disagree, the better the final discussion. Wine is normally served afterwards.

How do I get involved?

Just come along to one of our free events! If you want to keep up with the details, sign up on our mailing list.

Attendance at events is free, but we also offer life membership at £10, which has a number of benefits:

  • Free copies of The Freeman, the monthly journal of the Foundation for Economic Education, during your course at Oxford
  • Discounted entry, reduced from £85 to £50, to the Libertarian Alliance conference in October – email andrew.roocroft [at] chch.ox.ac.uk for further details
  • Free copies of the society’s magazine, the Individualist, published termly
  • Discounts on our social events, including the Annual Dinner
  • Preferential access to seminars and internship opportunities with our think-tank sponsors and donors, including the Adam Smith Institute, the Institute for Economic Affairs and Freedom Alliance

We’re extending our half price membership offer until Saturday 1st November (end of 4th week) – just bring £5 to one of our events or send a cheque, payable to Oxford Libertarian Society, to Kate McNally at Keble College.

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