A Burst Of Freedom

An extreme brand of free market ideology called libertarianism took over the Conservative party's student wing in the mid 1980s, and looked set to conquer the party at large. Legalising hard drugs, liberalising immigration controls and creating a free market in sexual services were among the radical policies advocated.

But where are the ideas now? Times columnist Tim Hames tracks down the former student radicals and examines how pragmatism eventually triumphed over ideology.

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An extreme brand of free market ideology called libertarianism took over the Conservative party's student wing in the mid 1980s, and looked set to conquer the party at large. Legalising hard drugs, liberalising immigration controls and creating a free market in sexual services were among the radical policies advocated.

But where are the ideas now? Times columnist Tim Hames tracks down the former student radicals and examines how pragmatism eventually triumphed over ideology.

012006072320060726

An extreme brand of free market ideology called libertarianism took over the Conservative party's student wing in the mid 1980s, and looked set to conquer the party at large. Legalising hard drugs, liberalising immigration controls and creating a free market in sexual services were among the radical policies advocated.

But where are the ideas now? Times columnist Tim Hames tracks down the former student radicals and examines how pragmatism eventually triumphed over ideology.

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