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Photos for PFS 2013 Annual Meeting

The pictures for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the PFS are available here and below. Media for speeches are in the process of being uploaded, and will be linked in the Program and available in the PFS Vimeo channel.


Professor Hoppe’s speech for the 2013 Annual Meeting is now available (see below). For others, see the links in the Program, or the PFS Vimeo channel. Other speeches will be uploaded presently.

For background, see Professor Hoppe’s previous writing on argumentation ethics, e.g. ch. 7 of A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism and ch. 11 et pass. of The Economics and Ethics of Private Property, also discussed in my article Argumentation Ethics and Liberty: A Concise Guide.

Hans Hermann Hoppe, “On the Nature of Man, Truth, and Justice”, PFS 2013 from Property & Freedom Society on Vimeo.

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PFS 2013 Annual Meeting

The 2013 Annual Meeting has just concluded; it was a huge success. Best I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying a lot (for reports on earlier meetings, see this page). The final programme is repixeled below. Media of the proceedings will be released in due course.

The speakers and topics for the 2013 meeting are listed below. Media for these presentations will be posted in due course.

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From HansHoppe.com.


The Brazilian Philosophy Magazine Dicta & Contradicta Interviews Hans-Hermann Hoppe


The Brazilian Philosophy Magazine Dicta & Contradicta Interviews Hans-Hermann Hoppe

hoppe1.jpgWould the change from a statist to a libertarian society help or hinder the production of high culture?

Hoppe: A libertarian society would be significantly more prosperous and wealthy and this would certainly help both low and high culture. But a free society – a society without taxes and tax-subsidies and without so-called “intellectual property rights” – would produce a very differentculture, with a very different set of products, producers, stars and failures.

You see a causal link between a society’s form of government and its moral values and social development. Do you see a similar link between type of government and aesthetic standards and quality of art and entertainment? 

Hoppe: Yes I do. Democratic state government systematically promotes egalitarianism and relativism. In the field of human interaction, it leads to the subversion and ultimately disappearance of the idea of eternal and universal principles of justice. Law is swamped and submerged by legislation. In the field of the arts and of aesthetic judgment, democracy leads to the subversion and ultimately disappearance of the notion of beautyand universal standards of beauty. Beauty is swamped and submerged by so-called “modern art.” [click to continue…]


On Taxes and Parasites

Prof. Hoppe spoke (in German) on the topic “On Taxes and Parasites,” at the occasion of the inaugural conference of the Ludwig von Mises Institut Deutschland, held at Hotel Bayerischer Hof, in Munich, on June 15, 2013.


Hoppe: From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy

The following is a video of Prof. Hoppe speaking at the Rafael del Pino Foundation’s Master Lecture Series in Madrid, Spain, on June 20, 2013: “From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy: A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay.”


Hans-Hermann Hoppe in 10 Great Quotes

From the UK publication The Libertarian:

Hans-Hermann Hoppe in 10 Great Quotes

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By Eric Field 

Hans-Hermann Hoppe is one of the most defining of contemporary libertarian thinkers.  A graduate of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and a former Marxist, Hoppe’s is best known for his rigorously logical examination of culture, human action, and the state.  Hoppe has at times courted controversy for his belief that natural hierarchies are essential to human liberty.  Regardless of whether or not one agrees with much of Hoppe’s statements, he has greatly improved the quality of libertarian discourse.  So much so, that “Hoppean” has become a synonym for rigorously supported scholarly support for libertarianism.

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hoppe-economics-ethics-polish-coverEkonomia I Eytka Własności Prywatnej, the Polish translation of Professor Hoppe’s The Economics and Ethics of Private Property, is now available.

See also: Etica y Economia de la Propiedad Privada, Spanish translation of The Ethics and Economics of Private Property.



Economía Y Ética de la Propiedad Privada, the Spanish translation of Professor Hoppe’s The Economics and Ethics of Private Property, is available at the following links:



Hoppe on the “Hayek Myth”

German translation of the speech presented at the 2012 PFS meeting: Hans-Hermann Hoppe, “The Hayek Myth” (PFS 2012).


Economic Science and the Austrian Method in Chinese

Professor Hoppe’s Economic Science and the Austrian Method has been translated into Chinese.


From the Authors Forum, presented at the Austrian Economics Research Conference 2013 (formerly ASC) (21 March 2013, Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama).


A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism in Portugese

hoppe TSC portugese coverProfessor Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism has been translated into Portugese (Mises Brazil, 2013; translated by Bruno Garschagen). It is available for free download into PDF and kindle (.mobi) formats.

Information on the new Laissez Faire Books edition of TSC may be found here. Professor Hoppe’s work now appears in at least 23 languages in addition to English.


From HansHoppe.com:

Hoppe: “The Economics of World Government” (transcript)


From LewRockwell.com, a transcript of Hoppe’s speech The Economics of World Government (The Lew Rockwell Show #130, 18 Aug. 2009) (from Mises University 2009).

The Economics of World Government
A transcript of the Lew Rockwell Show episode 130 of Hans-Hermann Hoppe at the 2009 Mises University talking about the economics of political centralization

by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Recently by Hans-Hermann Hoppe: On the Impossibility of Limited Government and the Prospects for a Second American Revolution

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ANNOUNCER: This is the Lew Rockwell Show.

ROCKWELL: Recently, at the 2009 Mises University, Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe talked about the economics of political centralization. What is it that brings about unification, unfortunate unification and centralization within a country like the United States where the states gradually become irrelevant under an all-powerful D.C., and, for that matter, drives countries to join together into an even worse situation, of course, a world government?

Here’s Dr. Hoppe.

HOPPE: OK, I will begin my lecture.

At the beginning, I want to repeat a few points that I have made in my previous lecture on law and economics, and then I want to get to an entirely different subject than the one that I dealt with in that previous lecture.

Because there is a scarcity in the world, we can have conflicts regarding these scarce resources. And because conflicts can exist whenever and wherever there exists scarcity, we do need norms to regulate human life. Norms – the purpose of norms is to avoid conflicts. And in order to avoid conflicts regarding scarce resources, we need rules of exclusive ownership of such scarce resources or, to say exactly the same, we need property rights to determine who is entitled to control what and who is not entitled to control what.

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The First Annual Mises Institut Deutschland Conference

The first Mises Institut Deutschland conference will be held on June 15, 2013, in the Koenigssaal of Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany. Speakers are Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Rahim Taghizadegan, Thorsten Polleit, Phillip Bagus, and Guido Huelsmann. For more information, go to http://www.misesde.org/?p=4304.


Hoppe, TSC coverA new version of Professor Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism has recently been published by Laissez Faire Books. Earlier editions of the book may be found here. The book is free in epub and kindle (mobi) format for members of the Laissez Faire Club (members  also gain free access to dozens of other e-books in the members-only library). More information about the club.

I wrote a Foreword, which may be found here. Jeffrey Tucker also wrote a useful Editorial Preface that draws attention to the insights in the book that the reader might otherwise miss.

Below is the email message sent to Laissez Faire Club Members by Jeff Tucker in announcing the publication of the book:


Jeffrey Tucker

The usual model of politics that most everyone uses today makes no sense. Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism utterly smashes intellectual conventions and makes a case for an alternative way of classifying political and economic systems.

This book was Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s first treatise in English and the one that put him on the map as a social thinker and economist to watch. This new edition includes a detailed analysis by one of his leading students and interpreters, N. Stephan Kinsella. Also, the editorial preface, written by yours truly, draws attention to the insights in the book that the reader might otherwise miss.

Hoppe argues that there are only two possible poles in economic affairs: socialism (violation of private property) and capitalism (respect for private property). All systems are combinations of those two types. The capitalist model he defines as pure protection of private property, free association, and exchange – no exceptions. All deviations from that ideal are species of socialism, with public ownership and interference with trade.

Within the structure of socialism, he distinguishes the left and right version. “Conservative”socialism favors high regulation, behavioral controls, protectionism, and nationalism. The “liberal” version tends more toward outright public ownership and redistribution. In addition, there is a technocratic version that intervenes based on expediency. The consequences of socialism vary based on their degree and kind, but they have similarities: high costs, resource waste, low growth, and economic stagnation.

This structure of the book is that of a comparative systems text, but it goes much further than that. What matters about this book most is the theory and the analytics that Hoppeuses to make the case. This is where we find the innovation. This is where the book shines. This is where the reader will find a more perfect form of a side of an argument that has been ongoing for hundreds if not thousands of years. The reason is Hoppe’s method. It is strictly logical, proceeding step-by-step through every thought, expanding and expanding relentlessly but never leaping from point-to-point in a way that skips or takes anything for granted.

It is through this method that Hoppe presents a thorough and compelling case for the existence and protection of private property, explaining in some detail the first condition of ownership: rivalrous use of physical resources.

His defense of self ownership is the first application of the philosophical rule against performative contradiction to issues of political economy. His case against technocratic regimes rests, implausibly, on an epistemological case for a special kind of cause and effect relationship that exists in human affairs over the natural sciences.

Even his understanding of Marxism is unique: he is careful to discard only the illogical and nonsensical parts while retaining the features that actually do make sense. It concludes with essays on the two most common objections to a fully privatized society.

This masterful book is the template for most of Hoppe’s contributions throughout his career, but here they are succinctly stated and very well organized.