Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
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
2:10 — The Critique of the Premise and Conclusion
- Democracies do not go to war against each other
- Hence, entire world must be made democracy
- Many states are not democratic today
- Hence, war must be made to create lasting peace
4:03 — What the Post War Period Proves
- Do Democracies go to war with each-other?
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
9:54 — Democracy is a stable equilibrium?
- The Mistreatment of Minorities
- Democracy does not work in multi-ethnic societies, does not create peace but promotes conflict and has potentially genocidal tendencies
11:07 — Class Warfare, Economic Crises, & Dictatorship
- Oppression and extermination of minorities
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.”
Justice — ‘New Lands’
The Sport of the Future. Tron meets Rollerball meets Flash Gordon.
Bitcoin Decrypted: Part I - Context and Overview is an introduction to Bitcoin that spans practical, technical, historical, and social-theory perspectives in an integrated narrative.
Rothbard on His Conversion
Murray N. Rothbard presented this speech at the 1981 National Libertarian Party Convention. This is an excerpt where he discusses the story of how he converted to anarchism.
- The problem of rights violating rights protectors [1:22]
- Differentiating law and ethics [10:47]
- Three core legal theory modules [18:35]
- The full range of responses to aggression [33:56]
- Consistently rights-protecting legal institutions [39:12]
- Who wins and loses from misplaced complexity? [46:36]
There are several questions at the end of the presentation. As usual the above was brilliant. A listing of more timestamps are available in the video description. The paper I mentioned in the introduction which is the basis of the talk is available here along with some choice excerpts. This is the most cutting edge article on Austro-Libertarianism that exists today.
Flashback: Ron Paul Slams Neocon Warmongers
Ron Paul responds to McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” statement in the Jan. 30 debate on CNN back in 2008.
It’s been so long since that campaign for liberty that I’m beginning to forget how much of a revelation it was. To see someone take such a principled stand was awe inspiring.
"A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is “finally equal….” The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.”
There’s a lot to take away from this short but above all else I gathered a new found appreciation for specialisation and individual excellence in and of itself. Set aside and remove all distractions. A must watch.
Everything is a Remix: Case Study - The iPhone
A great little video that looks at the iPhone, smartphone market and emulation. The previous 4 parts of the ‘Everything is a Remix’ series are brilliant.
Member of EU parliament Godfrey Bloom quotes Murray Rothbard, spits hot fire*:
"Oh, well, Mr. President, I’m minded actually to quote the great American philosopher Murray Rothbard here that the state — the state is an institution of theft writ large. Tax is just about a system where politicians and bureaucrats steal money from their citizens to squander in the most disgraceful manner. This place is no exception. Fascinatingly, and I really don’t know how you manage to keep a straight face when you’re talking about tax evasion, the whole Commission and the Commission bureaucracy avoid their taxes. You don’t pay taxes like citizens pay taxes; you have all sorts of special deals. Composite tax rates, high tax thresholds, non-contribute pension schemes. You are the biggest tax avoiders in Europe, and here you sit pontificating. Well, the message is getting home to the people of the European Union. You’re going to find that euroskeptics are coming back in June in ever greater numbers — in ever greater numbers. And I can tell you worse, as the people get your number, it won’t be long before they storm this chamber and they hang you, and they’ll be right.”
Regarding the last passage Bloom should have consulted Rothbard further:
- "…Another contradictory means would be to commit aggression (e.g., murder or theft) against persons or just property in order to reach the libertarian goal of nonaggression. But this too would be a self-defeating and impermissible means to pursue. For the employment of such aggression would directly violate the goal of nonaggression itself.”
Of course the politicians are apart of an aggressive institution, and yet that doesn’t throw out the concept of proportionality, causality and due process. As Rothbard elucidates in his Ending Tyranny Without Violence—an introduction to Étienne de La Boétie’s brilliant The Politics of Obedience: Discourse of Voluntary Servitude;
- "…La Boétie concludes his exhortation by assuring the masses that to overthrow the tyrant they need not act, nor shed their blood. They can do so “merely by willing to be free.” In short,
Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.
I can’t help but think the majority of the public will only remember the parting words of violence, as opposed to the preceding comments regarding the state as an institution of injustice. Tactically to the uninitiated it paints us as the aggressors. As Benjamin Tucker points out in Men Against the State;
- “Violence is the power of darkness. If the revolution comes by violence … the old struggle will have to be begun anew.”
The Australian Mises Seminar is named in honour of Ludwig von Mises, perhaps the most gifted economist and philosopher of the 20th century.
Mises was a prolific author who spawned a global movement dedicated to carrying on his tradition. One of his students, F.A. Hayek, went on to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. Another of his students, Murray N. Rothbard, extended Mises’ ideas and founded what is now the modern libertarian movement. A living proponent of Mises’ ideas is Congressman Ron Paul who ran for the office of President of the United States, sparking an international and intellectual revolution.
The spirit of the seminar is best encapsulated by Mises’ lifelong motto taken from Virgil’s Aeneid: “Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito” — ‘Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it’. We look forward to you joining the rest of the remnant this December at this not to be missed event!
The Benevolence Of The Market
The eclectic Jeffrey Tucker addresses the benevolence of the free market. Hear him speak at the Australian Mises Seminar 2013 in Brisbane on the 30th Nov - 1st December. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: mises.org.au.
- “The market economy safeguards peaceful economic cooperation because it does not use force upon the economic plans of the citizens. If one masterplan is to be substituted for the plans of each citizen, endless fighting must emerge.”
— Ludwig von Mises
Rothbard on Nuclear Weapons
- Murray Rothbard speaking at the 1981 National Libertarian Party Convention. This is an excerpt from the Q & A session where he answers a question as to what is the libertarian position on nuclear weapons.
This footage is particularly vindicating and confirms exactly what I stated several years ago—contrary to Nielsio and others—as discussed in this excellent Mises Forum thread on Nuclear Disarmament. It is also a prelude of sorts to Bob Murphy’s argument on gun control.