Last month 164 lucky Misesians sat together in a room in Chicago, Illinois and listened to Walter Block, Doug French, Jacob Huebert, Roderick Long and Yuri Maltsev speak on the topic of “Strategies for Changing Minds Towards Liberty.” I consider Doug French’s talk on Freedom Through Technology to be his personal best (admittedly, topic may have made me a bit biased). He did a brilliant job of demonstrating that technology has obliterated many of the obstacles to the spread of ideas and is by far the greatest benefactor of liberty.
One of Doug’s central points was that the market forces that bring us technological marvels enable the ideas and philosophy of political and economic freedom to spread faster than at any point in human history.
Six years ago, there was no YouTube – hard to believe right? – the ideas and insights from those 5 speakers would have been heard only by the 164 people fortunate enough to live near Chicago and afford the registration cost. One month ago, when the talks were given, 164 Chicagoans got to hear the ideas; 10 days later all 5 talks were available for free on YouTube for anyone on the planet to watch and share with their friends. Four days from now, the Mises Institute will tear down another wall between the philosophy of freedom and the world’s population.
On Saturday, 14 May, the Mises Institute will broadcast the entire Mises Circle in Indianapolis live in HD! It will be the first time a Mises Circle has ever been broadcast live, much less in HD. Chad Parish, the genius behind virtually all of the Mises media, will have three separate video cameras transmitting to the new TriCaster TCXD300. Then by some super-advanced process, unknown to me but surely involving incantations or tiny fairies, the video will stream live in HD to the Mises Institute’s Ustream channel. The techno magic doesn’t stop there; we have added a special Ustream tab to the LvMI facebook page. Users can click on our Ustream tab to watch all the videos, in real time directly from facebook! But wait there’s more, – channeling the ghost of Billy Mays here – viewers can use facebook chat to discuss the live talk with other viewers across the globe. They can click the “Join Crowd” button to receive email reminders about all of the Institutes’s live events. Viewers can even use the “Invite friends to watch” button to share the live broadcast with their facebook friends.
Here is a preview of the LvMI Ustream tab on facebook: