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PFS 2015 Annual Meeting—Speakers and Presentations

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society was held from Thursday, September 10, 2015 (date of arrival) to Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (date of departure), in Bodrum, Turkey, at the Hotel Karia Princess.

Those interested in attending future meetings should contact Dr. Hoppe or Mr. Thomas Jacob (jacob@pfs-zurich.ch) (Administrative Secretary/Membership), regarding conditions, availability, and requirements.

Media for the talks listed below can be found at the PFS 2015 Youtube playlist.

The finalized list of speakers and topics for the 2015 meeting follows below, with links to the video of the speeches:

Final Program Schedule

Thursday, September 10     arrivals and registration

Reception and dinner (pool area)                    19:30-23:00

Friday, September 11

8:00-10:00                               Breakfast

10:30                                       Program begins (Hotel Conference Center)

10:30-10:45                          Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Germany/Turkey), Welcome and Introductions

10:45-12:15                             Roundtable Discussion and Q & A: Memories: Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) as Mentor and Teacher, Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Germany/Turkey), Thomas DiLorenzo (USA), Doug French (USA), Lee Iglody (USA)

13:00-14:15                             Lunch

14:30-15:00                           Thomas DiLorenzo (USA), On American Exceptionalism

15:00-15:15                             Coffee Break

15:15-15:45                            Rahim Taghizadegan (Austria), The Lebanon – A Switzerland of the Near East?

15:45-16:00                             Coffee Break

16:00-16:45                             DiLorenzo, Taghizadegan, Gabb, HoppeDiscussion on Current Affairs, Q & A

16:45-17:00                             Coffee Break

17:00-17:30                            Hans-Hermann Hoppe & Gülcin Imre Hoppe2006–2015: PFS, Now and Then

17:30-18:00                           Sean Gabb (England), 10 Years of PFS

19:30-22:30                            Dinner and Turkish Night at the Hotel


Saturday, September 12 

8:00-9:45                                 Breakfast

10:00-10:30                           Deanna Forbush (USA), America’s Violent Labor Unions

10:30-10:45                             Coffee Break

10:45-11:15                           Enrico Colombatto (Italy), Università degli Studi di Torino, Mario Draghi and his Friends (no video)

11:15-11:30                             Coffee Break

11:30:12:00                           Andrew Shuen (Lion Rock, Hong Kong), China, the US, the Renminbi, the $, and Hong Kong

13:00-14:15                             Lunch

14:30-15:00                          Thorsten Polleit (Germany), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Inflation

15:00-15:15                             Coffee Break

15:15-15:45                           Jörg Guido Hülsmann (Germany/France), The Culture of Inflation

15:45-16:00                             Coffee Break

16:00-16:45                             Forbush, Colombatto, Shuen, Polleit, Huelsmann, Discussion, Q&A

17:30-17:50                             Group Photo in Hotel Lobby

18:00                                       Departure from the hotel lobby to the fishing village of Yalikavak

18:30-22:00                             Reception and Dinner at the beach


Sunday, September 13

8:00-9:45                                 Breakfast

10:00-10:30                           Anthony Daniels (Theodore Dalrymple) (England), Murderers I Knew

10:30-10:45                             Coffee Break

10:45-11:15                           Frank Van Dun (Belgium), On the Philosophical Foundations of Libertarianism

11:15-11:30                             Coffee Break

11:30-12:00                          David Dürr (Switzerland), Private Law Society: Answering some of the “Difficult” Questions

13:00-14:15                           Lunch

15:00-15:30                          Stephan Kinsella (USA), On Life without Patents and Copyright: Or, But Who Would Pick The Cotton?

15:30-15:45                             Coffee Break 

15:45-16:45                            Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Democracy, De-Civilization, and Counterculture

16:45-17:00                             Coffee Break

17:00-18:00                             Hoppe, Dürr, Kinsella, van Dun, Daniels, Discussion, Q&A

18:00-18:15                             Coffee Break

18:15-18:30                            Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Germany/Turkey), Concluding Remarks and Announcements

20:00-23:00                             Gala Reception, Dinner, and Entertainment at the Hote


Monday, September 14

8:00-9:30                                 Breakfast

10:00                                       Meet in the Hotel Lobby. Walk to the Marina

10:30-17:00                             Guelet Boat Excursion. Lunch on the Boat. Swimming.


19:00-23:00                             Dinner and Entertainment at the Hotel



Tuesday, September 15       Departure

For conference attendees staying through Tuesday, a day-trip to Ephesus and the last residence of the Virgin Mary can be arranged. Cost per person is about 60 Euro (which includes transportation, entrance fees, professional guide, plus lunch). Please indicate as soon as possibe if you are interested in such an excursion. There will be a list made available for this purpose at the hotel reception desk.

The same arrangement can be made also for Monday, September 14, as an alternative to the Boat Excursion.

Other trips can be arranged by the hotel as well. 


Speakers and topics for the 2014 Annual Meeting may be found here. Information on previous meetings may be found here.

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The Property and Freedom Society (Facebook page) was established in May, 2006 at the initiative of world-renowned libertarian philosopher and Austrian economist Hans-Hermann Hoppe. The Inaugural Meeting and subsequent annual meetings have been held at the Hotel Karia Princess in Bodrum, Turkey. Programmes and video of previous presentations are available here. The PFS is an international society for the promotion of “Austro-Libertarianism,” the economic and social philosophy most prominently represented during the 20th century by the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises and his leading American student Murray N. Rothbard, and tying back to the 19th century French economists Frederic Bastiat and Gustave de Molinari. As such, the PFS stands for an uncompromising intellectual radicalism: for justly acquired private property, freedom of contract, freedom of association—which logically implies the right to not associate with, or to discriminate against—anyone in one’s personal and business relations—and unconditional free trade. It condemns imperialism and militarism and their fomenters, and champions peace. In the words of Professor Hoppe in 2010, at the Fifth Annual Meeting:

After the first meeting, 5 years ago, here at the Karia Princess, my plan became more specific still. Inspired by the charm of the place and its beautiful garden, I decided to adopt the model of a salon for the Property And Freedom Society and its meetings. The dictionary defines a salon as “a gathering of intellectual, social, political, and cultural elites under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation.” Take the “political” out of this definition—and there you have it what I have tried to accomplish for the last few years, together with Gülcin, my wife and fellow Misesian, without whose support none of this would be possible: to be hostess and host to a grand and extended annual salon, and to make it, with your help, the most attractive and illustrious salon there is. [Video here and streamed below]

For further information, see:

PFS 2010 – Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Welcoming Remarks. The PFS – After Five Years

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For further information about the PFS and its previous meetings, see the Press & Offsite Material page, and various articles such as:

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