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PFS 2020 Annual Meeting—Date and Location — CANCELED

[UPDATE: as noted here, the 2020 meeting has been CANCELED]


The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society will be held from Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 (arrivals) to Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 (departures), 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. For information about the 2019 Annual Meeting, or previous meetings, see here.

The initial list of speakers for the 2020 Annual Meeting follows. Topics and details will be added in due course:

Initial Program 

Thursday, Sept. 10     arrivals and registration

Friday, Sept. 11–Sunday Sept. 13

  • Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Germany/Turkey): The Idea of a Private Law Society: The Case of Karl Ludwig von Haller
  • Rahim Taghizadegan (Austria): The Praxeology of Coercion: A New Theory of Violence Cycles
  • Brecht Arnaert (Belgium): Understanding the Revolutionary Process. The Importance of Hilaire Belloc
  • Sean Gabb (England): TBA
  • Tim Haffner (United States/Japan): Japan’s first Samurai. Rebellion against Monopoly Justice
  • Alessandro Fusillo (Italy): State-Making as War-Making. The Case of Italy
  • Daniel Model (Liechtenstein; Model Holding): A Businessman’s Bureaucratic Encounters
  • Anthony Daniels (Theodore Dalrymple) (England/France): The Worldly Adventures of a Skeptical Doctor
  • David DĂĽrr (Switzerland): A Short History of the Swiss Constitution
  • Gerard Boekenkamp (Germany): State-Making as War-Making. The Case of Germany
  • Keir Martland (England): Mediaeval guilds and communes: corporate yet liberal values
  • Guido HĂĽlsmann (Germany/France): TBA
  • Thomas DiLorenzo (United States): “American Imperialism in Light of Mises’ Nation, Economy and State”
  • Thorsten Polleit (Germany): The Modern Version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “One Ring To Rule Them All”: A Single World Fiat Money

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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 from Sean Gabb on Vimeo.

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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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