LA News Release, "First They Came for the Nazis: HSBC and Barclays Banks Should not Close BNP Bank Account" (October 2004)

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: Monday 25 October, 2004
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Chris R. Tame, 07957 644 519, chris@libertarian.co.uk
Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@libertarian.co.uk

"FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE NAZIS: HSBC AND BARCLAYS BANKS SHOULD NOT CLOSE BNP BANK ACCOUNT", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK

"The closure by both HSBC and Barclays Banks of the British National Party (BNP) bank account is an ominous threat to civil liberties", says the Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group.

Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Chris Tame commented:

"Although in a fully free society and free market any commercial organization, private group or individual has a right to discriminate against, or refuse to do business with any other group or person for any reason, good or bad, rational or irrational, the existing banking system is not a free market. It is a regulated, semi-corporatist system in overt and covert relationships with the State. Inducements and pressures from the political elite are exerted and discretely veiled. Exclusion from the banking system is a direct attack on the very possibility of an organization functioning in  modern society. Thus, to allow actually existing banks to reject a political organisation unpopular with the State is a threat to political diversity and to freedom itself."
"Although there is no group in Britain more opposed to EVERY aspect of the BNPs overt and covert agendas - its welfare statism, its socialist economics, its crackpot anti-monetarist currency views, its environmentalism, its social, political and sexual authoritarianism, its paternalism, its racial collectivism, its anti-free trade and anti- globalism, and its opposition to the free movement of goods, capital and labour - the Libertarian Alliance opposes both  HSBC's and  Barclay's decision, and the growing demands for the expulsion of BNP members from the civil service, the police, teaching or other professions."
"What can be done to the BNP can be done to any group. As the great Jewish libertarian philosopher Ayn Rand said: 'In the transition to statism, every infringement of human rights has begun with the suppression of a given right's least attractive practitioners. In this case, the disgusting nature of [those concerned] makes it a good test of one's loyalty to a principle'.
"The principle is political freedom and freedom of expression. First they came for the Nazis ... who will be next?".


The Libertarian Alliance has written formally to both HSBC and Barclays to urge them to reconsider their decision.

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Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at sean@libertarian.co.uk

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

Extended Contact Details

The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms. These are freely available at http://www.libertarian.co.uk

Our postal address is

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Tel: 07956 472 199