by Benjamin Marks, editor-in-chief

June 1974: The First U.S. Austrian Conference

A week-long Institute for Humane Studies conference on Austrian economics was held in South Royalton, Vermont in June 1974. There were 40-50 attendees, including: Armentano, Block, Blundell, Carol, Clayton, Dolan, Ebeling, Garrison, Grinder, Hayek (four months before he was a Nobel Laureate), Hazlitt, Henderson, High, Holcombe, Hutt, Kirzner, Lachmann, Lavoie, Letwin, Moss, North, O’Driscoll, Pearson, Pejovich, Peterson, Rizzo, Rothbard, Salerno, Shenoy, Templeton, Vaughn, White and Young. Also, according to Ebeling, Friedman “came to one of the conference dinners and attempted to slight the rationale for the gathering by saying in a brief after-dinner talk that there was no such thing as a Chicago or an Austrian school of economics, ‘only good economics and bad economics’ … it was obvious that Friedman considered his to be the ‘good economics,’ with the implication that the attendees were pursuing the ‘bad economics’ in taking the Austrian school too seriously.”

The proceedings of the conference are available here. The conference is often briefly and positively mentioned in histories of the modern libertarian movement (the list of attendees above is collated from many of these), but the only real reviews of the conference I can find are here and here. This is the conference when many of America’s libertarians first met each other.

January 1975: Workers Party Launch

On January 25, 1975, on the Australia Day long-weekend, in the just-built Sydney Opera House, the Workers Party was launched. The event was reviewed on the front cover of The Australian newspaper, and said that the party believed “taxation is theft.” Check it out. We have also made available two speeches from the event: Dr John Whiting’s Presidential Address and Lang Hancock’s speech notes. The best history of the Workers Party is here. More here.

If it wasn’t for the amazing success of the Workers Party, Australia would still have an income tax, a fiat currency and a growing government.

November 2011: The Mises Seminar

The Mises Seminar will take place on November 25-26 in Sydney. The surviving members of the Workers Party will be there. Also attending will be the favourite political theorist of Greg Lindsay and John Roskam: Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Hoppe will launch his first Australian tour at the Mises Seminar. I won’t talk about the other speakers yet, as I don’t want to further risk overloading the Mises Seminar website servers.

There are still tickets available. More information is at the Mises Seminar website: Be quick to scalp the special combo price. Book your place in history.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Acquiescence
  2. Sports Fans Should Be Libertarians
  3. Ron Manners’ Heroic Misadventures
  4. Government Schools Teach Fascism Perfectly
  5. Deport Government to Solve Immigration Problem
  6. The Drugs Problem Problem
  7. Self-Defeating Campaigning
  8. Gittinomics: Economics for Gits
  9. Exclusive Ross Gittins Interview on The Happy Economist
  10. Population Puzzle Solved
  11. An Open Letter to the CIS
  12. Principled Foreign Policy Options: Reinvade or Shut Up and Get Out
  13. WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Political Corruption Exposed!
  14. Feedback please: Is this worth doing?
  15. CIS and IPA Defend State Schooling
  16. A Thorough Review Without Spoilers of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  17. Dead Reckoning and Government: A Proposal for Electoral Reform
  18. Quadrant Defends State Schooling
  19. The MPS 2010 Consensus
  20. Slogans for Property Rights Funeral
  21. Government is Impossible: Introduction
  22. Government is Criminal: Part 1
  23. Exclusive John Howard Interview on Lazarus Rising
  24. Response to Senator Cory Bernardi and the IPA
  25. Earn $$$$$ by Justifying Government Against Anarchocapitalism: Survey
  26. Statism is Secrecy: WikiLeaks vs
  27. One question the Labor Party, the Liberal Party, the Greens, the CIS, the IPA, Ross Gittins, Ross Garnaut, Ken Henry, Gerard Henderson, John Quiggin, Clive Hamilton, Tim Flannery, Catallaxy Files, Club Troppo, Larvatus Prodeo, Phillip Adams, Robert Manne, Michael Stutchbury, Miranda Devine, Andrew Bolt and Dick Smith are scared to answer
  28. Libertarian Philanthropists Should Exploit Tax Evasion Convictions
  29. Ronald Kitching Obituary
  30. The Minarchist Case for Anarchism
  31. Libertarianism in a 300-word rant
  32. in the news again
  33. Libertarianism In An Executive Summary
  34. The Banking Bubble Blow-by-Blow
  35. WARNING: Libertarianism Is NOT ...
  36. Would Anything Possibly Convince You that You Are Living Under a Protection Racket?
  37. An Open Letter to Dick Smith
  38. at 42
  39. "My boyfriend calls himself a Marxist and votes Labor, what should I do?"
  40. "He says if I leave him due to politics, I should leave the country too."
  41. No Booboisie at Gülçin’s Galt’s Gulch
  42. "Hey, Mr Anarchocapitalist, show me a society without government"
  43. The Three Epoch-Making Events of the Modern Libertarian Movement
  44. Government is Criminal: Part 2 - Methodological Individualism
  45. Government is Criminal: Part 3 - Subjective Utility
  46. Government is Criminal: Part 4 - Praxeological Synonyms
  47. Government is in a State of Anarchy
  48. Limited Government is Absolute Government
  49. Why the 2012 double Nobel laureate is coming to Sydney
  50. Exclusive Oliver Marc Hartwich Interview on Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  51. A Critique of the Opening Two Sentences of the "About CIS" Page on The Centre for Independent Studies' Website,
  52. An invitation for ANDEV members to the Mises Seminar
  53. Sell the ABC to Rupert Murdoch: Lid Blown on ABC Funding Disgrace!
  54., The Centre for Independent Studies new blog
  55. The Unconstitutionality of Government in Australia (demonstrated in under 300 words)
  56. The Best Libertarian Film Is ...
  57. Launch Southeast Asian Military Operations to Free Australian Drug Dealers and Consumers
  58. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  59. Hoppe's Inarticulate Australian Critics: The Hon Dr Peter Phelps, Dr Steven Kates and James Paterson
  60. Vice Magazine Westralian Secession Interview
  61. Sideshow to Dr Steven Kates' criticism of the Mises Seminar: Davidson vs Hoppe on Adam Smith
  62. The Best Australian Think Tank Is ...
  63. Announcing a new magazine to rival Time and The Economist
  64. The exciting new Australian Taxpayers' Alliance
  65. Neville Kennard Obituary
  66. Contrarian Conformism
  67. An invitation for Dick Smith, the IPA and other Walter Block fans to the 2nd Australian Mises Seminar
  68. Westralian mining legend Ron Manners of Mannkal belongs in The Property and Freedom Society
  69. What would Bert Kelly think of the Mises Seminar and Walter Block?
  70. Bad news about the Mises Seminar
  71. Gina Rinehart Fan Club gives big to Australian political education
  72. Sam Kennard wins North Sydney by-election by unanimous consent
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