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.
Rothbard on Ayn Rand
Murray Rothbard speaking at the 1981 National Libertarian Party Convention. This is an excerpt from the Q & A session where he answers a question about his relationship with Ayn Rand.
Black Light Dinner Party - Gold Chain
Saturated basslines and vintage electronics to glowing harmonics and breathing vocals - BLDPs third release continues the tradition - New York synths, thick, off-kilter beats and Lush Parisian melodies.
Reactivating the Cold War with Russia: Syrian Edition
Ron Paul speaking back on June 19, 2012 lays it all out in crystal clear fashion. Speaking truth to power doesn’t get much more lucid than this. His message to the warmongers: leave Syria alone!
The Ultimate Change in Washington
Featuring the previous modern US Presidents, Barack Obama, John McCain, G.Edward Griffin, Michael Badnarik, W. Cleon Skousen, Dr Leonard Horowitz & none other than Ron Paul! Please grab some popcorn, finish your internet browsing & settle down to watch this at the end of the day. Formerly titled: Victory for Freedom is Inevitable! The video covers:
1:11 - It’s the movement (reject the Status Quo)
2:54 - Can’t stop the movement
3:45 - Is there any good news? Yes!
4:45 - One Party System. Lesser of Two evils is still Evil.
5:57 - Vote your Conscience! Or Not at all!
6:53 - Liberty is a plant of rapid growth
7:25 - The Answer to 1984 is 1776! We’ll win in the End!
Full disclosure: I made this over many months in the lead up to the day of 2008 Presidential Election. During that time I eventually became a pure & logically consistent libertarian. From a political perspective the same old arguments kept coming up so I thought it would be helpful to address them all in one spot. In addition my primary goal was to try instil some hope in that—whatever happened after the campaign—the liberty movement would carry on, as it most certainly did.
This video was locked up in IP chains for several years until I discovered it was available to view again today. On the topics of hope, if you’re interested in the prospects for liberty in our lifetime I was asked by Brian quite awhile ago. Today I would add the following. At any rate, enjoy my second video with only marginally better production values than the first.