2012 Property and Freedom Society Conference Roundup

PFS 2012 So, I was going to write about the 2012 PFS Conference, but it’s already been done in funny, thoughtful and insightful ways.

I will only say that for me, personally, over the course of my three visits to the conference, it has gone from being the intellectual highlight of my year, to being, in addition to that, a gathering of some of my closet friends.

Here, I’ll simply organize much of what has already been written & recorded. I’ll also post my photos.

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Smiling in Bodrum by Michael McKay
The Center of the Conspiracy by Jefferey Tucker
Inside the Conspiracy by Andy Duncan who also wrote Outside the Asylum about the 2011 Conference
The World’s Greatest Haircut by Doug French
The Chief Event by Sean Ring

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My good friend Joakim Fagerström of Sweden’s Mises Institute, a tireless, uncompromising promoter of liberty, took the following videos:

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Two men who need no introduction, Jeffrey Tucker and Hans Hermann Hoppe:

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“Mr Helio Beltrão is the President and one of the founders of Mises Brasil. I met Helio three years ago and he inspired us to start mises.se. Helio continues to be a very close friend and ally in the struggle for freedom. Mises Brasil and Mises Sweden has very close ties and I hope we will continue to have this for many years to come. In this interview Helio tell us about many good things that are happening with Mises Brasil, about PFS and his personal background in the financial industry.”

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Vytautas is one of these young libertarians that give you real hope about the future. Vytautas is young smart, full of energy, well-educated and would make any socialist tremble with fear. He is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Lithuanian Free Market Institute and lives in Vilnius, Lithuania. Lithuanian Free Market Institute is a quite big and active Institute and employs 12 people. Remigijus Šimašius who is a frequent visitor at the PFS was the President of Lithuanian Free Market Institute from 2006-2008 but became the Minister of Justice 2008 in Lithuania.

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“Benjamin Marks was one of the speakers this year. Benjamin is the editor of Economics.au.org and Capitalism.HK. Last year he hosted a Mises seminar in Australia with Professor Hoppe and this year he will host a seminar with Professor Block. In this interview we talk about what PFS is for Benjamin and what he has learned from it and about one of his intellectual favourites H.L. Mencken. He also tell us about the amazing Neville Kennard a vivid PFS supporter that passed away this year but Benjamin tell us about how he stayed an enemy to the state to the bitter end.”

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“. . . the Inflation Blues performed by Professor Hunt Tooley and Joe Becker. A great song and fantastic performance in the honour of Ludwig von Mises 131st birthday!”

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Last, but not least, me:

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Most of these pictures were taken by me. The best ones were taken by Paul Vahur.

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On the first evening, there was a tour of the Bodrum Castle which contains an “underwater museum” — a museum of recovered shipwrecks, including the Uluburun shipwreck shipwreck from the 14th century BC. The out was given by museum’s head archeologist. You could feel his enthusiasm.

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Listed to my lecture at the 2011 PFS Conference, The Military Mentality,

and stay tuned to the Property and Freedom Society website for videos of this year’s lectures. If I were to make a single recommendation, it would be Anthony Daniels’s, The Ultimate “Freedom:” Choice without Consequences. His insights delivered with understated British humor always steal the show.

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