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Recovery or Stagnation? (Mises Circle sponsored by Mark L. Hart III)

August 29

San Francisco, California, Intercontinental Hotel


Imagine a team of doctors who think more poison is that solution to poisoning. That's precisely how government has managed the economic downturn. The market is trying to correct the distortions, even as government piles on ever more.

This one-day conference will examine the motivations, the bad theory, and the dangerous implications behind "countercyclical" policy and artificial stimulus. Are the "green shoots" real or illusory. It is easy to forget today that the Great Depression was not straight down all the way: fits and starts marked the long-term decline. This event takes a look back at the Great Depression and examines whether the government is currently creating another one.


9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Welcome, Douglas E. French
9:45 a.m. Walter Block, Government Bailouts: Picking Winners
10:15 a.m. Thomas J. DiLorenzo, How Not to Deal with Economic Depression
10:45 a.m. Discussion and Refreshments
11:00 a.m. Robert P. Murphy, How Politicians and Citizens Should Deal with Depression
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Douglas E. French, Housing and Fannie Mae: FDR's American Dream
1:15 p.m. Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., The Fed, the Crisis, and the Mises Institute
2:00 p.m. Adjourn
2:30 p.m Bookstore Closes

James W. Fogal CFP®, Director of Development for the Institute, is available during breaks and after adjournment to discuss charitable/tax saving strategies. 

Registration fee is $85 per person, which includes lunch and refreshment breaks. (There is a non-refundable registration processing fee of $25 for cancellations.)

Questions go to events@mises.org

The conference is held at the glorious Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco. For accommodations at the Intercontinental, call 1-866-781-2364 and mention the Mises Institute and the code MSS for a special rate of $139 per night plus tax.

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