Video 22 Apr 3 notes

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.

Video 16 Apr 7 notes

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.

Video 4 Mar 11 notes

Konrad Graf delivers a talk addressing Action-Based Jurisprudence at the Australian Mises Seminar in 2012. The full text transcript with slides can be absorbed here. The talk has six sub-headings:

  • 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.

Video 3 Mar 10 notes

Would there be prisons in a free society?

Robert P. Murphy explains in this third video from the series on security which is excerpted from the incredible lecture: The Market For Security

Video 13 Jan 73 notes

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.

Video 21 Dec 147 notes

"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.”
          — FinallyEqual.com

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.

Video 14 Dec 10 notes

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.

Video 24 Nov 355 notes

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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.[16]

    It was a medieval tradition to justify tyrannicide of unjust rulers who break the divine law, but La Boétie’s doctrine, though non-violent, was in the deepest sense far more radical. For while the assassination of a tyrant is simply an isolated individual act within an existing political system, mass civil disobedience, being a direct act on the part of large masses of people, is far more revolutionary in launching a transformation of the system itself. It is also more elegant and profound in theoretical terms, flowing immediately as it does from La Boétie’s insight about power necessarily resting on popular consent; for then the remedy to power is simply to withdraw that consent.”

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.”
Video 20 Nov 11 notes

Mises Seminar 2013

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!

Video 15 Nov 5 notes

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
Video 25 Oct 9 notes

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.

Video 24 Oct 18 notes

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.

Video 10 Oct 14 notes

But Who Will Build The Roads?

Walter Block answers this question at the Australian Mises Seminar 2012. Introduced by yours truly. Tickets are on sale now for this years event featuring the eclectic Jeffrey Tucker.

Video 21 Sep

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.

Video 7 Sep 8 notes

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!


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