Martin van Staden
About the Author
Martin van Staden is Legal Researcher at the Free Market Foundation of South Africa and the Academic Programs Director of Students For Liberty in Southern Africa. He has a law degree from the University of Pretoria and is a Young Voices Advocate.
Learn more at his website.
What inspired you to start writing?
At a subliminal level, it was probably the realisation that every ideological victory (for any ideology) in recent years has been built on the back of good and persistent writing by its advocates.
What are your hobbies / interests?
Legal history and jurisprudence, video-gaming, writing.
How did you discover the freedom philosophy?
I considered myself a socialist up to my first year at university. This was the first time I met other, real socialists. I quickly realised how morally bankrupt that ideology truly is. An American libertarian friend of mine recommended reading 'The Ethics of Liberty' by Murray Rothbard. An hour after starting, I was a libertarian, and I haven't looked back since.
Who are your favorite writers?
Murray Rothbard, Bruno Leoni, Frederic Bastiat.