None may deny the hunger of the common people for a peaceful and prosperous life. A life free from rulers and tyrants, from taxes and tolls, from duties undesired and burdens unwanted.

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It is in the nature of human beings that they gather in groups for their mutual benefit. Regulating these groups to minimise conflict and promote cooperation has been humanity’s great and ongoing challenge. We have slowly developed better forms of governance, advancing from the divine right of kings to the limited right of the majority. But conflict and corruption remain the order of the day, even in the best democracies.

The libertarian philosophy of individual rather than group rights, of respect for life, liberty and property, of consent and non-aggression, represents a huge step forward on the human path to civilisation. This is not a new philosophy, tracing its roots to ancient Greece and early China. Many of the basic ideas were developed 300 years ago in the age of enlightenment by visionaries such as Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson. Most of the American founding fathers would be described as libertarians today. Although few in number, the influence of libertarian thought has been profound.

More and more individual citizens are demanding a departure from the limited and divisive nature of modern representative democracy, which elevates powerful groups at the expense of the interests and rights of  individuals.

As the Internet and modern technology allows every man and woman to express their individual preferences and choice of lifestyle, so will modern libertarianism allow every man and woman to own and control their own lives. Currently most people cannot see or comprehend an alternative to the winner-takes-all brand of democracy by which they are ruled. It is the mission of libertarians worldwide to make the ideas of individual liberty and consent as widely known as the ideas of democracy.  It is to this mission that The Libertarian Society of South Africa is committed.


The Libertarian Society was established in 1986 by  Charl Heydenrych, Peter Kidson and Trevor Watkins, following the First Spring seminar organised by Frances Kendall the year before.

The Libertarian Society is a loose collection of individuals sharing a common philosophical view, as described by the Consent Axiom. They have organised a Spring Seminar every year since the first one at the Nebo Farm in 1985. They hold a regular monthly social get-together in several South African cities. They have maintained an active online discussion forum for many years.

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  1. #1 by Bryan on October 26, 2010 - 11:35 am

    OK Trevor. This looks like an interesting option with lots of links to explore. Will keep an eye on how it grows.

  2. #2 by John Koppisch on October 29, 2010 - 9:26 am

    Hi, Trevor –

    Very nice-looking site. We also use WordPress, for our blogs here at Forbes. I’m passing along three posts from my blog that I thought you might like. All have a South African connection. Maybe you can post these links on the site, but if not, at least I’d get your click (it’s all about the number of clicks these days). The first story features Nancy Seijas, whose business in Montana is threatened by a ballot measure.


  3. #3 by Trevor Watkins on October 29, 2010 - 11:48 am

    I went and admired your new website. It really is a labour of love. You probably need a constant stream of new material so the link that follows to the local lads here may be of help – http://www.libertarianz.org.nz/

  4. #4 by Nancy Vermeulen on October 29, 2010 - 7:08 pm

    Hi, Trevor. This site is great, now on my favorites list. I think of SA every day. So nice to have this link, thanks to John’s great blog. Warm regards to everyone. N

  5. #5 by Marc on February 3, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    It’s great to find a South African Libertarian site and I had no idea a South African Libertarian Society existed.

  6. #6 by Gary Moore on April 6, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    Nice-looking site! I didn’t know it existed!

  7. #7 by Sasha Hitchner on April 29, 2011 - 9:06 pm

    I am happy to have found this. Thank you.

  8. #8 by Gary Moore on August 26, 2011 - 2:51 am

    Trevor, where on the site can one find the daily blogs?

    • #9 by Trevor Watkins on August 30, 2011 - 9:45 pm

      You probably mean the libsa googlegroup discussions, which you can find by clicking Libertarian Google Group, under Libertarian Links, on the right.

  9. #10 by Libertarian Party UK on September 14, 2011 - 12:32 pm


    The UK Libertarian Party has a new website at http://www.libertarianpartyuk.com, can you amend your link, we will put one up on the links page to yourselves

  10. #11 by Kenneth Kopase on November 6, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Hi the site is very fruitfull for libertarians like us,we really need to intensify our programs at ground including events and activities.eg libertarian fun day to familiarise the concept to the broader society .You should understand that the purpose is to make them aware of the libertarianism existance not to recruit or market but to put our point across just like any philosophy in this country or around the world.

    We also need to engage ather libertarians across the globe in a summit,workshop or confrence to consolidate and advance our mission,I think know the libsoc is matured enough like wine or whisky to deliberate in the key aspests of the countries political/social and most importantly the economicall scene.

    Its quite obvious that the present organisations in the country cannot deal with the above issues approprietely so in that regards with or without the anc led goverment the libertarians need to initiate more vibrant and visible activities with the assistance of our allies.

    Once a libertarian always a libertarian


  11. #12 by JP Myburg - Van der Walt on February 26, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    Cant wait for the next essay Competition!

    Will people be able to keep me posted so I can start writing and enter.
    my Email adres is : myburgpj@mweb.co.za

  12. #13 by oiltranslator on August 13, 2019 - 3:28 pm

    Not new? Who before Bastiat, Sumner, Mencken, Heinlein and Ayn Rand even merit notice? Smith defended low-tariff Mercantilism, but only under coercive Acts of Navigation. The others got the traction they earned. Only Rand’s NAP, written while Christian National Socialist war criminals were still being cut down from the gallows, has changed jurisprudence and is rerouting history. By exploiting the very spoiler vote leverage looters used to infiltrate their cuckoo and cowbird jurisprudence, LPs are gradually undoing the damage. –libertariantranslator

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