Video 12 Jun 44 notes

Making the World Safe From Democracy

Hans-Hermann Hoppe discusses why internally liberal states tend to be Imperialist powers and how the spirit of Democracy has contributed to the de-civilization in the conduct of war.

More specifically Hoppe explains the rise of the United States to the rank of the world’s foremost Imperial power, as a consequence of the transformation, from the beginnings of an Aristocratic Republic to a mass Democracy, and the role of the United States as an increasingly arrogant war monger. What stands in the way of peace and civilization is above all the state and democracy.

0:23 — Transformation of the United States
1:12 — Democratic Peace Theory
  1. Democracies do not go to war against each other
  2. Hence, the entire world must be made democratic
  3. Many states are not democratic today
  4. Hence, war must be made to create lasting peace
2:10 — The Critique of the Premise and Conclusion
  • Do Democracies go to war with each-other?
4:03 — What the Post War Period Proves
4:45 — What about Democracy as Solution?
5:30 — Only Democracy and Non-Democracy?
6:43 — Transition from Monarchical to Democratic Age
7:10 — World War I
8:22 — The Results and thus World War II
  • The Mistreatment of Minorities
  • Democracy does not work in multi-ethnic societies, does not create peace but promotes conflict and has potentially genocidal tendencies
9:54 — Democracy is a stable equilibrium?
  • Oppression and extermination of minorities
11:07 — Class Warfare, Economic Crises, & Dictatorship
12:38 — Making the World Safe From Democracy

This is an excerpt from a speech entitled The Origin And Nature Of International Conflict, presented by Hans-Hermann Hoppe recipient of the 2006 Schlarbaum Award For Lifetime Defense of Liberty, Seminar: “Imperialism: Enemy of Freedom.”

Chat 10 Jun 41 notes
  • Friedman: "In my view, the fundamental conflict is not between bad men and good men but between mistaken beliefs and correct beliefs."
  • Rothbard: "Granted that life is more pleasant following this tack, but alas, it misses the crucial point. Also, it is unpleasantly reminiscent of the tactic of all ruling classes in history: criticize inflation, but never the inflators; price controls, but never the people doing the controlling, etc. The point is that sins, errors, evils, etc. are not just floating abstractions; they are committed by real persons in the real world, and therefore they cannot be combatted unless people know what is going on in the concrete and who is doing it. Who is inflating and regulating, and for what purpose? It is at that point that we realize that not just abstract error but conscious evil is being perpetrated for the sake of ill-gotten money and power." (From the Jan '81 edition of the Libertarian Forum)
Quote 7 Dec 48 notes
… The crucial point is that Marx’s definition of ‘class’ and ‘class conflict’ under capitalism is hopelessly muddled and totally wrong. How can capitalists, even in the same industry, let alone in the entire social system, have anything crucial in common? Brahmins and slaves in a caste system certainly enjoy a common class interest in conflict with other castes. But what is the common class interest of the ‘capitalist class’? On the contrary, capitalist firms are in continual competition and rivalry with each other. They compete for raw material, for labour, for sales, and customers. They compete in price and quality, and in seeking new products and new ways to get ahead of their competitors. Marx, of course, did not deny the reality of this competition. So how can all capitalists, or even ‘the steel industry’, be considered a class with common interests? Again, in only one way: The steel industry only enjoys common interests if it can induce the state to create such interests through special privilege. State intervention to impose a steel tariff, or a steel cartel with restricted output and higher price, would indeed create a privileged ‘ruling class’ of steel industrialists. But no such class having common interests pre-exists on the market before such intervention comes about. Only the state can create a privileged class (or a subordinate and burdened class) by acts of intervention into the economy or society. There can be no ‘capitalist class’ on the free market.
— Murray Rothbard (via katheriners)

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Photo 23 Jan 16 notes 500th post! The Mises Seminar in Sydney was a great success. Plans for organizing the second event are already underway. The speeches were recorded and are able to be viewed here (1080p) with more to come. We’re also pleased to announce a new Libertarian Publication:

To mark the historic Mises Seminar in Sydney, Liberty Australia is launching The Journal of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom. It will be dedicated to Austrian economics, revisionist history,  legal arguments from an individualist perspective and other topics not  adequately addressed by the IPA Review and Policy. The primary focus will be on Australia, although analysis of other countries is welcome too.

500th post! The Mises Seminar in Sydney was a great success. Plans for organizing the second event are already underway. The speeches were recorded and are able to be viewed here (1080p) with more to come. We’re also pleased to announce a new Libertarian Publication:

To mark the historic Mises Seminar in Sydney, Liberty Australia is launching The Journal of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom. It will be dedicated to Austrian economics, revisionist history, legal arguments from an individualist perspective and other topics not adequately addressed by the IPA Review and Policy. The primary focus will be on Australia, although analysis of other countries is welcome too.

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"Her body language speaks in volumes, not to mention those talkative eyes."

That look..

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Jack Vettriano - Drifters.

I’ve never been interested in art to any kind of elaborate extent. This guy changed that. I was browsing a book store in Berlin and came across a calendar of his works. Literally went into my own world for about ten minutes, completely engrossed. The above isn’t part of the collection I first saw, though I can find it if anyone is interested.

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“He’s a natural born world-shaker.”

Cool Hand Luke. As individualist as they come.

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