I was just watching Joe Salerno’s lecture live from the Austrian Economics and Financial Markets conference in Las Vegas. And I was browsing around Mises.org Media, checking out a few things at random, such as the online lectures from an older Austrian Scholars Conference. It’s truly amazing. This site has so much fantastic technology and fantastically organized material.
This technology and the reader base the Mises.org staff have developed and built up over the years really paid off in the recent effort organizing a world-wide defense of Hoppe against UNLV’s attempts to quash his academic freedom. This effort started in the afternoon of Feb. 6, a Sunday. By Monday morning, the UNLV administration had already received so many emailed letters of support and Internet traffic, that we suspect this may be the reason the site was down for several hours that morning. Within just a couple of days, there were dozens of blogs and newspaper and online articles reporting on this, encouraging even more letters–probably well over a couple hundred to UNLV by now, from professors, students, and citizens all over the nation and indeed, the world. This kind of almost instantaneous mobilization would simply not have been possible without the Internet, and the Mises.org site, technology, and supporters.