by Benjamin Marks, editor-in-chief

Dear ANDEV Members,

Why should you listen to me? Because I am the first and so far the only person to make available the work of Lang Hancock, Bert Kelly, Kerry Packer, John Singleton and Max Newton in over 20 years. Because I employ their work I call them my staff.

Having established my peerless credentials, I wish to invite you to the Mises Seminar, to be held on November 25-26, 2011, at an exclusive and private Sydney CBD location.

The Mises Seminar is named after Ludwig von Mises, an economist who understood that economics has to begin with the primacy of property rights and the property owner’s own value judgements. Only the Misesian school of economics believes in the primacy of property rights over democracy, and sees that democracy amounts to majority rule, which amounts to a giant lynch mob.

Five reasons ANDEV members should attend the Mises Seminar are:

  1. It will help you learn from similar groups to ANDEV in Australian history. The Mises Seminar will feature a kind of reunion of the Workers Party, which was a political party that arose in response to Whitlam and the Whitlamesque Opposition. Some of you who are in the mining industry may know the great Ron Manners and Viv Forbes, both Workers Party veterans, who will both be travelling to Sydney for the event. In fact, all surviving members of the Workers Party will be there, including Neville Kennard, founder of Kennards Self Storage and leading critic from the free-market perspective of the IPA and the CIS, of which he was the first chairman.
  2. It will prevent critics from dismissing you as self-serving and unprincipled. By better understanding where the principles of private property lead, you will see that there are many areas, not obviously directly related to your own industry, where the principles you believe in are compromised. For example, if you believe in private property, then you believe in self-ownership and must oppose the prohibition of drugs, since one’s own body is not government property. This, of course, does not mean that you approve of drugs or that you allow drugs on your own property; it simply means you believe government has no right to prohibit drugs, and to make drug quality control a secretive business. Despite the fact that everyone admits that prohibition of alcohol in the United States of the 1920s was a total failure, and despite the fact that there are even drugs in such heavily policed areas as prisons, do-gooders who do not care about facts and economic principles still maintain that prohibition of drugs is a good idea. Imagine if ANDEV began advocating an end to the drug war. Sure, people would call you crazy, but they already do that. And you could now adequately defend yourselves against accusations that you are self-serving and unprincipled, since you do not benefit by the decriminalisation of drugs, except indirectly and in a relatively minor way through less of your taxes going towards a futile exercise where every time a large batch of drugs are confiscated, their price goes up, the incentive to produce and import more drugs increases, and the money needed to continue the drug war increases also, so that the cycle can continue.
  3. It will help you to understand the economy. For example, did you ever wonder about the implications of going off the gold standard, especially in light of the direction the Australian currency in terms of the price of gold has gone? Why are the followers of Mises the only constant advocates of the gold standard? The Carbon Tax is hardly an isolated attack on mining and capitalism.
  4. It will help you see who your friends are and who just wants your money. For example, there are quite a few politicians, journalists and think tanks who pay lip-service to private property and self-ownership, but then go around saying that the market should not supply such important services as education, money, defence, healthcare and roads. Well, either they believe in private property and free-market principles, or, they don’t. Since they do not believe in the principles they pretend to espouse in aligning themselves with ANDEV, it should cause you to review your alliances.
  5. It’s a bargain! At only $165 for the complete Mises Seminar dinner and day at the most exclusive location in Sydney, it is worth it for the food alone. Although the speakers are so funny and controversial that you may have trouble keeping it down.

If you are interested in learning more about anarchocapitalism, browse the middle and right columns of Unlike every other group, we make our reasoning easy to find and invite criticism and questions.

See you at the Mises Seminar.

(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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