Martin van Staden (Editor)

12642586_10207099189335751_5313241230607156508_nMartin van Staden is the Editor in Chief of 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.

He is involved with the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa as a regular writer and an executive member of its youth branch.

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

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 law student, Martin is interested in the development of Libertarian Legal Theory, and more particularly, in writing a treatise on the libertarian theory of law.

He can be contacted via email at [email protected] followed on Facebook.


This article was edited for grammar, style, and spelling, but not for content. The views expressed are that of the author, Martin van Staden, exclusively, and do not reflect that of or Being Libertarian LLC

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Martin van Staden is the Editor-in-Chief of and a final year LL.B law student at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is a co-founder of the Rational Standard ( and the Southern African Academic Programs Director at Students For Liberty (

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