by Benjamin Marks, editor-in-chief

My cruel critics will be laughing. The 3rd Annual Australian Mises Seminar, Brisbane, November 30-December 1, 2013, is fast-approaching and many of my worst fears have been realised, thanks to many of you.

Unfortunately, it is now confirmed that both John Singleton and Bob Howard will be attending the Mises Seminar. I had always hoped that Singo and Howard would take Apprehended Violence Orders out against me for stalking them and sue me for reproducing nearly 200 items featuring them without their permission. Imagine the media attention that would have brought me; maybe I would have got an all-expenses-paid drug-fuelled working holiday in Long Bay out of it. But it seems now that it just wasn’t to be. And the media will have to work harder to pretend there is nothing newsworthy about It is as though Singo and Howard have no objections to their brilliant unsurpassed writings being reproduced and are even tangibly supporting it by attending the Mises Seminar. With enemies like them, who needs friends? I’ll have to search for other ways to prod and provoke them because this has backfired spectacularly. I mean, get this: The Mises Seminar will be the first reunion in a generation of the authors of Rip Van Australia (1977), the greatest Australian political book since the Workers Party Platform (1975). When two people who have read Rip Van Australia meet, their first reaction tends to be surprise. So there is no telling what will happen when the two people who wrote it meet. Maybe they’ll sing the alphabet together. Imagine all the false hope and stupid optimism that even just news of such a once-in-a-generation event will bring.

If that news isn’t depressing enough, this will put you on suicide watch. Jeffrey Tucker will only be in Australia for the Mises Seminar. He will not be moving here permanently. He would prefer to pay for airfares to leave Australia than to stay here. After it is over he will leave us here on our own and travel as far away as possible, just as Professor Hoppe did after the 2011 Mises Seminar (my review here) and Professor Block did after the 2012 Mises Seminar (my review here). Nobody likes us. This is not to take anything away from the amazing generosity of Neville Kennard’s children, Sam, Walt and Jim, in securing Jeffrey Tucker for our Mises Seminar; it’s just disappointing that Tucker would not take the hint and stay here long-term. He even has an Australian surname. Jeffrey Tucker is the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s website; he no longer runs the website, as he left for an upgrade at Laissez Faire Books, but he is still his good old self. He is highly-functional and in high demand. He has more information than any one individual can process, so he can’t keep it in, making him a prolific writer and speaker. Being fully searchable, he is good at answering questions. Most nights his speech lags a bit. He is the most popular libertarian in the world among those who know the difference between a geek and a wonk. He has his own writing style and his own dress code. Each of the thousands of articles he has written could be expanded into an Australia-wide lecture tour. But he will only be in Brisbane only for the Mises Seminar.

Even worse news is that Australia’s most prolific and talented free-market advocate, Workers Party veteran Viv Forbes, currently active as chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, is looking likely to be at the Mises Seminar. This means he will be there instead of writing another of his important essays and letters to the editor. So the Mises Seminar will not merely be disappointing; it will also be a step backwards for free-market advocacy.

It is always good to see Ron Manners of Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, but I don’t think he will be at the Mises Seminar. He will be generously sponsoring many Westralian students in his place, so they’ll probably get all the girls in attendance who were all expecting him. I might as well be in Long Bay.

In other news, Neville Kennard is dead. So is Ronald Kitching. And they didn’t go quietly, as you don’t need reminding. Bert Kelly, Lang Hancock, H.L. Mencken, Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises are also dead. They have been dead quite a while now. It does not look like they are coming back. And of course Viv Forbes, Ron Manners and John Singleton are old. So sad. Someone should tell them. Still so active. Bob Howard is not so old. Which is not so sad.

If you are thinking of going to the Mises Seminar, have any questions about cheapest accommodation, etcetera, feel free to ask me or post below or on and we will try to talk some sense into you. Tickets at will soon be gone for good. Because my jet is being reupholstered, I got return airfares from Sydney to Brisbane for $116.90, including credit card fee. JetStar and Tiger have great airfares, thanks in large part to the dismantling of the two-airline policy racket; and the Mises Seminar ticket price is cheaper than ever, thanks to Michael Conaghan of Liberty Australia. So please think hard when coming up with an excuse not to go. It will be worth it.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Acquiescence
  2. Why 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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