SARGON Of Akkad will appear at UKIP’s youth conference in November, Young Independence (YI), UKIP’s youth wing exclusively told Politicalite that the prominent pro-UKIP YouTuber (also known as Carl Benjamin) will be one of the speakers at their national #YiRevival conference later this year.
The conference, which will be the first conference the youth wing has held since 2016 after its last two were cancelled due to violent threats from Leftists, will symbolise the major revival in UKIP’s youth membership, which is now approaching 2,000 and is showing no signs of slowing down!
Benjamin, who took the name Sargon of Akkad from the ruler of a Mesopotamian empire in the second millennium BC and has over 800,000 subscribers on YouTube, is expected to speak on the topic of classical liberalism the ideology which he most closely aligns with.
Sargon, 38, said: “I actually haven’t decided what I’ll be speaking about yet, but I’d like to get people in UKIP thinking in a broader spectrum about the problems that face Britain today from the position of our shared liberal heritage.
“The very reason we even care about free speech, individual rights and personal liberty being eroded is because of this cultural heritage. It’s formed our worldview so that we think of the freedom of the individual as being a good thing, compared to illiberal ideologies which constantly attempt to undermine our freedoms.
“Authoritarian, collectivist, conformist ideologies don’t think free speech, individual rights and personal liberty are good thing. To these ideologies, our freedoms are, in fact the problem.”
The #YiRevival conference, which will take place on 10th November this year in a location which has not been disclosed for security reasons, is expected to be the largest conference UKIP’s youth wing has ever seen in its lifespan of over a decade.
Tickets for the #YiRevival conference will cost £15 and will be available for all UKIP members, though members aged 30 or under will be able to purchase YI membership tickets which cost just £10. All attendees may also bring a guest who will need to purchase a full-price ticket, though more details will be released shortly relating to guest tickets.
YI Chairman Nathan Ryding said: “I am absolutely delighted that Sargon will be addressing YI members at what we are expecting to be the largest YI conference since the youth wing was formed over 10 years ago! Sargon has been a key part of our recent ‘Youthquake’, helping us to achieve an 83% rise in our membership – a rise which is still continuing!
“Classical liberalism and the notion of freedom within politics has been eroded by the left who have tried to use it as a mask to take away our freedoms. Without the help of brilliant activists like Sargon, the ideology would be forgotten forever.
“Young Independence members are huge fans of Sargon’s work and I am sure that they will be delighted to meet him in person at our conference later this year!”
George Pykov, YI Events Officer – who has been organising the #YiRevival conference – said: “I am extremely pleased to be able to announce Sargon as one of our keynote speakers at this year’s YI Conference.
“Sargon has been an influential part of my personal politics and has helped to shape modern day liberalism. He is on the frontlines of reclaiming that word from the hijacking of the left, and I’m excited that he will be able to address this year’s conference.”
Tickets are expected to be released on the 15th August.
We will bring you more updates on the location, dates and ticket availability.