Murray Rothbard Institute Newsletter
The Murray Rothbard Institute newsletter. Expect one email every two months with newly-added English articles or publications and important news about the Institute.
Rothbard Summer University 2013
With great pleasure the Murray Rothbard Institute announces the second edition of the Rothbard Summer University, a 5 day seminar on diverse topics ranging from economics, natural law philosophy and history to an analysis of political processes and the private supply of public goods.
Among the speakers are, Dr. Tom Palmer, Vice President of Atlas & Senior Fellow at Cato, Mr. Lawrence Reed, President of FEE, Dr. Stephen Davies, Professor History and Education Director of IEA, Dr. Adam Martin, Professor Political Economy at King's College London, Dr. Tim Evans, Senior Fellow at Adam Smith Institute and chairman Economic Policy Centre, Prof. Dr. Frank Van Dun, Professor Philosophy of Law at the University of Ghent, Prof. Dr. Boudewijn Bouckaert, Professor Law at the University of Ghent and President of the Libera! Institute, Prof. Dr. Eric Schliesser, Professor Philosophy at the University of Ghent, and many more!
Let me tell you a story.
A long long time ago - about two years - in a land far far away - Belgium, to be precise - there was a group of students. Hiring employees was very expensive due to the huge taxation levels, and very difficult because of all the red tape. As a result, a lot of people were unemployed, while others were stressed out due to work pressure. And that is without mentioning the tens of thousands of pages of new legislation and red tape passed by the parliament every year.
But then those students stumbled upon the writings of Mises, Hayek, Rothbard, Van Dun and many others. They learned that government intervention in the economy is actually unnecessary, and most of the time very harmful, even to the poorest members of society. Moreover, it is in fact immoral to force innocent, hard-working and peaceful people to hand over part of their income, or to enforce arbitrary rules upon them. Those students discovered that a society based on personal freedom and responsibility would not only be more prosperous and stable, but also more just.
Because, imagine a society without a central bank, with her paper money and printing press, creating permanent inflation, and causing economic crises with her cheap credit. Imagine a society without income taxes, and without a world empire to sustain. Imagine a society where people can work and live and teach and learn and start businesses without unnecessary burdens of taxation and regulation, without the insecurity of inflation and recession. Just imagine ...
And so those students decided to found the Rothbard institute, with a simple goal. To explain in the most clear and consistent way to as many people as possible why a society based on personal freedom and responsibility would be a more prosperous, more harmonious, and more just society. During the past two years, we have published two books and organised numerous lectures and seminars, and we are preparing a brimming program for the year to come.
Of course this different society we are talking about is not "politically feasible". But in politics, a week is already "long term". Four years is in politics nearly an eternity. But most people plan, work, save, and invest on a much longer term. They, and their children, will live and work in this society for many decades to come. It is those people who we ask to become part of this story. It is these people whom we want to ask to team up with us and and invest in this project, in a "happy end" for this story.
I look forward to meeting you in the next chapter of this story, in 2010!
With my best wishes for the holidays and 2010,
To make it easier for you to invest in the ideas of liberty and of Murray Rothbard, we have broadened our range of different membership types. So take a look at this overview of who we are and what we do and become a member of the Rothbard Institute now!
(Some of you may have recently received an old newsletter due to a technical complication. Our apologies for the inconvenience.)
At the end of 2008, we want to offer you a short overview of our past and future projects and publications – all of them in Dutch. Best wishes for 2009!
Rothbard's classic "What has government done to our money?" is finally available in Dutch. You can get it in the bookstore, online, or simply download the entire book.
Sound money for Europe
The Murray Rothbard Institute is bringing Murray Rothbard's terrific little book on monetary theory, history and policy into print in Dutch: "What has government done to our money?" - or "Wat heeft de overheid met ons geld gedaan?". In an age of rising inflation, looming depression and a falling dollar, this book is needed more than ever, all over the world.
Pre-order "Het Fundamenteel Rechtsbeginsel"
more information on this book
Visit rothbard.be/english/articles for some recently added articles.