Martin van Staden is the Editor in Chief of BeingLibertarian.com a member of the Being Libertarian LLC Board of Directors.
Martin was introduced to libertarian ideas by reading Murray Rothbard’s The Ethics of Liberty, which he still regards today as a libertarian ‘bible’. Shortly thereafter, he joined African Students For Liberty as a Local Coordinator at the University of Pretoria in 2014, establishing South Africa’s first ever libertarian student group.
In mid-2015 he, along with other like-minded individuals, established South African Libertarian, which has grown to be South Africa’s largest online libertarian community. Around the same time he also became the Southern African Regional Director of Students For Liberty. In December 2015, Martin co-founded the Rational Standard, a ‘logical alternative’ to the dominant leftist press in South Africa. As of October 2016 Martin was appointed Academic Programs Director for Students For Liberty in Southern Africa.
His work has been featured in various South African newspapers, such as The Witness, Rapport, BusinessDay, and The Star, as well as on the popular local political website Politicsweb.co.za.
An avid minarchist, Martin regards the proper roles of government as limited to three institutions: the judiciary, the police, and the military. The legislature and its executive lapdog are fundamentally corrupt entities, as they rest on the premise that individual rights are debatable and modifiable.
As a lawyer, Martin is interested in the development of Libertarian Legal Theory, and more particularly, in writing a treatise on the libertarian theory of law.