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Auberon Herbert

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Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) was a writer, theorist, philosopher, and member of the British parliament. He promoted a libertarian philosophy and was published in Benjamin Tucker's Liberty magazine.

A collection Herbert's work, The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State and Other Essays, was published by Liberty Classics in 1978.


Auberon Herbert (1922-1974) is also the name of a former chairman of the Anglo-Belarusian Society. He was the son of Aubrey Herbert, brother-in-law of Evelyn Waugh and uncle of Auberon Waugh. He opposed Waugh's marriage to his sister, and was never forgiven by him.

Herbert became an expert in Polish and Ukrainian affairs, and served with the Polish Army during World War Two. He spoke six languages fluently. He was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter Parliament. Auberon Herbert supported various Eastern European anticommunist groups after the war. Despite high intelligence and a circle of distinguished friends ( including Isaiah Berlin, and Malcolm Muggeridge), he seemed unable to accomplish much in his life.

Being the oldest son, he inherited the family country home of Pixton, on Exmoor, and the villa at Portofino in Italy. A devout Roman Catholic, he died a bachelor at the age of 52.


[1] (http://web.onetel.net.uk/~skaryna/absociety/auberon.htm).

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