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The Mises Circle in New York

September 18, 2006 by

The Mises Circle event this past weekend – The Fed and War Finance – was a wonderful time; the full house at the University Club seemed to agree. Apart from having my toiletries confiscated at the airport (yes, they mean it when they say no liquids or gels), I was glad to visit New York City again, where I lived for five years, and see some of the old cadre as well as a great many new faces.

Walter Block, Joseph Salerno, Lew Rockwell and I all spoke. How war is financed, and how its true cost is concealed by government and the Fed, is a topic that isn’t going away anytime soon, but it’s also a topic that needs to be raised much more frequently than it is now – and by people who aren’t convinced that in the presence of the Fed we should genuflect and wave incense.

Toward the end of his talk, Joe Salerno described the potential for a “praxeology of war,” and discussed specific measures people can take to cripple the state’s ability to carry on a particular war. This is definitely an mp3 worth listening to when these talks are posted, since Professor Salerno has identified an interesting and original research paradigm for the future.

Here’s hoping the Institute can take the show on the road again very soon.

{ 6 comments }

Aakash September 18, 2006 at 6:02 pm

This is the first time, I think, that I’ve posted a comment at this weblog, since the Mises.org site was re-designed.

Well actually, I remember when it was re-designed several years ago. I am not going to address right now the issue of website re-designs…

I wanted to comment about Dr. Woods’ entry. Even before I read the last sentence of this post, I was going to say something about how all these conferences and events seem to be far away.

Please let us know when you are next in Illinois [note: Chicago doesn't count ;-) ].

Ancalagon September 18, 2006 at 7:14 pm

Out of sheer laziness, I’ll just report the following minor site flaw here: in the bottom left section of the mainpage, the Mises quote pertaining to the impossibility of there being too much of a correct theory has the words ‘a’ and ‘correct’ grouped together (like such: acorrect). Again, very minor, but with the site looking as incredibly professional as it does now (not that it didn’t before) may as well go all the way.

Keep up the good work.

ps. Looking forward to the media files from this event. Any ETA on them?

jeffrey September 18, 2006 at 8:12 pm

The media files should be available tomorrow.

Stephan Kinsella September 19, 2006 at 9:07 am

Re other applications of praxeology, such as the theory of war, see this post: The Other Fields of Praxeology: War, Games, Voting… and Ethics?

JIMB September 21, 2006 at 11:15 am

I wonder what happens next with libertarianism — seems to me we’ve gone from Hoppe (there is no alternative morality than libertarianism, an invalid argument, btw) to “what you can do to stop the state” — possibly good but potentially evil if it yields the U.S. to states worse than itself (for instance, Islamic Sharia law would be far worse).

I make the following observation as well:
1 – libertarians posit the illegitimacy of states and nations
2 – But nations are a balance of power proposition
3 – libertarianism removes any justification for combatting non-violent evil by force
4 – temporarily non-violent (evil) people will gain in such a structure
5 – dissolving of state boundaries will make necessary and encourage a super-state
6 – hence the thrust for one-world government.

Definitely a possibility, guys. I’d be careful here.

David White September 21, 2006 at 12:07 pm

JIMB,

I am a libertarian who definitely does NOT “posit the legitimacy of states and nations” (see my reply — post #21 — to Roderick Long’s article on war).

In any case, would you please define non-violent evil?

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