To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution
It was while reading American studies at Hull University that Tame became active in the Conservative students' organisation (then led by future journalist Andrew Neil). Since it was dominated by Heathites and authoritarians, he found this an ideologically arid environment. True to his propensity for controversy, he announced his departure from the rostrum at an annual Tory student conference in the early 1970s. He never went back. The Conservative party was in his opinion too dominated by a "corporate elite" wedded to lobbying for state handouts and restrictions on the rights of trade unions - in his words "corrupt state capitalism".