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Supporters Summit

October 31 - November 1 2008

Auburn, Alabama

Join Ron Paul, Judge Napolitano, and Pascal Salin!

The Gold Standard Revisited

NOTE: This conference is full and we can no longer accept registrations. 


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From Menger to the present day, Austrians have favored sound money over government-manipulated paper currency. The very first Mises Institute conference in 1983 was on the gold standard. At the time, people said the idea was outmoded and that paper currency was working just fine. Here we are 25 years later, and it is not so.The dollar is in grave danger, the government is growing at the expense of society, and the business cycle has been unleashed with ferocity.

The best time for a gold standard is in calm times, but only a crisis focuses the mind. People are looking for answers, and the Misesian answer is the same now as it was when Mises wrote his first book on the topic: restore sound money, stop the inflation, and get government out of the money business.  The Institute is no longer accepting student scholarship applications for this conference; all available spaces have been filled.

Tentative Schedule (all times Central Time Zone)

All events take place at the Mises Institute, 518 West Magnolia Avenue in Auburn except Saturday's dinner, which takes place at the Marriott Grand National.

Friday, October 31
8:00 a.m.—Noon  Ron Paul Golf Tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course (optional)
12:30, 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Complimentary Express-85 shuttle from Marriott Grand National to Mises Institute
1:00 p.m. Registration and refreshments (Mises Institute)
1:30 p.m. Welcome, Presentation of George Koether Award for Free-Market Writing to Judge Andrew Napolitano
1:45 p.m. Andrew Napolitano: "Nation of Sheep"
2:45 p.m. Discussion and refreshments
3:00 p.m. Tom Woods: "Gold and the Good Guys: A Short History of American Thinkers on Money"
3:30 p.m. Mark Thornton: "Monetary Freedom and its Opposite"
4:00 p.m. Discussion and refreshments
4:15 p.m. Peter Klein: "Entrepreneurship Under the Gold Standard"
4:45 p.m. Joe Salerno: "Inflation in Recent Monetary History"
5:15 p.m. Discussion and refreshments
5:30 p.m. Guido Hülsmann: "The Ethical Rules of Producing Money"
6:15 p.m. Reception in Honor of Ron Paul (Dinner on your own.)
6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Shuttle from Mises Institute to Marriott Grand National

Saturday, November 1
8:30 and 9:10 a.m. Shuttle from Marriott Grand National to Mises Institute
9:00 a.m. Coffee
9:30 a.m. John Denson: "Unsound Money and War in the 20th Century"
10:00 a.m. David Gordon: "Money and Philosophy"
10:30 a.m. Discussion and refreshments
10:45 a.m. Thomas DiLorenzo: "The Gilded Age and the Gold Standard"
11:15 a.m. Jeffrey Tucker: "A Short History of a Book Publishing Phenom"
11:45 a.m. Lunch with Ron Paul, "My Exchanges with Fed Chairmen"
2:00 p.m. Yuri Maltsev: "Inflation and the Bolsheviks"
2:30 p.m. Walter Block: "Gold is Free Market Money"
3:00 p.m. Discussion and refreshments
3:15 p.m. Doug French: "Bubbles Made of Paper: Then and Now"
3:45 p.m. Lew Rockwell: "How Abolishing the Fed Would Change Everything (for the better)"
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
4:45 p.m. Shuttle from Mises Institute to Marriott Grand National
6:30 p.m. Reception at Marriott Grand National (black tie optional)
7:30 p.m. Dinner, and presentation of the Gary Schlarbaum Award for Lifetime Achievement in Liberty: Pascal Salin, "Austrian Monetary Economics"
10:00 p.m. Rothbard Late-Night Reception (optional)

The price of the conference is $295 for Mises Institute Members ($495 per couple) for all events, including sessions, Friday's Reception, Saturday's Ron Paul Luncheon, Saturday's Schlarbaum Reception and Dinner (black-tie-optional), and transportation between the Marriott and the Mises Institute.  Optional golf is $75 per person.  

To become a Mises Institute Member, or to renew your Membership, apply here.  To check the status of your Membership call the Institute at 800-636-4737.

To reserve a room at the beautiful Auburn Marriott at Grand National. Call 800-593-6456 or 334-741-9292 before September 29 and mention "Mises Institute Supporters Summit" for a special rate of $119 per night plus tax, single or double. 

Questions: Patricia Barnett

The Institute is no longer accepting student scholarship applications for this conference; all available spaces have been filled.

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