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Mises Circle West Coast Regional 2014 in Costa Mesa

November 8

Costa Mesa, California

This event is sold out!
Email pat@mises.org to make reservations for free live broadcast viewing at the hotel.

(Students applying to attend on scholarship should use link at end of this page.)

Society Without the State: Law and Order in a Free World

Join Ron Paul, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Lew Rockwell, Jeff Deist, and David Gordon for a working lunch and seminar, 10:20 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.  

Libertarians often are accused of promoting reflexive opposition to the state without offering concrete alternatives for securing order, peace, and prosperity in society. Yet in truth society already contains the foundations for freedom in the form of non-state institutions that make civilization possible. Civil society and markets - individuals, families, religious and social institutions, private business, even private legal systems - exist quite peaceably without government.

Governments compete with civil society and seek to tear these institutions down, enriching the political class while positioning the state as "indispensable." But in fact the opposite is true: civil society expands and flourishes in the absence of state intervention, capably performing those functions the state claims for itself.

This seminar will examine the institutions of a stateless society and explore topics such as private defense, private police, privately produced money, the role of markets, and how stateless legal systems would work.

See a stateless future through pragmatic eyes, as we look to historical examples and clear-eyed analysis of how societies would secure life, liberty, and property through private, competing organizations in all aspects of life.

Tentative Schedule (all times Pacific)
Grand Ballroom

9:00 a.m. Bookstore opens (recommended time to purchase books for speakers to autograph)
9:30-10:20 a.m. Registration, Coffee
10:20 a.m. Welcome
10:30 a.m. Jeff Deist "The Case for Optimism"
10:50 a.m. David Gordon "Thinkers Who Challenged the State"
11:10 a.m. Lew Rockwell "Against the State"
11:30 a.m. Presentation of the 2014 Mises Entrepreneurship Award to Louis E. Carabini
11:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and discussion, bookstore open
1:00 p.m. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano "The Natural Law as a Restraint Against Tyranny"
1:30 p.m. Ron Paul "Freedom Doesn't Come from Government"
2:00 p.m. break, bookstore open (final opportunity to purchase books for speakers to autograph)
2:20 p.m. Speaker Panel Q&A
3:00 p.m. Closing remarks
3:10 p.m. Adjourn
3:30 p.m. Bookstore closes (autographed books will be at registration table)

Sessions and lunch take place at Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel in Costa Mesa. Parking is $5 per day, or $19 overnight. Driving directions are here. Attire is business casual. Questions: Call the Mises Institute at 334-321-2100 or 800-636-4737 or email Pat Barnett. (The Wyndham has sold out of sleeping rooms but the Costa Mesa Marriott and the Westin South Coast Plaza are within walking distance.)

The Mises Bookstore will be on site, and speakers are happy to autograph books. Show your Mises Membership card to the cashier for 10% discount.

Special thanks to Gary and Nina Turpanjian for making this event possible.

Student Scholarship Applications

Students wishing to apply for a scholarship for viewing of live broadcast at the hotel should submit an application and student ID by registering/logging in to the Mises Academy, going to Applications and completing all parts of the Student Event Scholarship Application Form. Due to space constraints, students will view the live broadcast from a separate room, and lunch will not be provided. Students will, however, have access to the bookstore, break refreshments, and discussion with speakers during breaks.

Publicity Waiver: Registering for this event gives the Mises Institute permission to take photos of attendees and use the photos for fundraising purposes. By this authorization, attendees understand and agree that no participant shall  receive renumeration and that all rights, title and interest to the photos and use of them belong to the Mises Institute.

The Mises Institute conducts Mises Circles, one-day informative seminars around the country. These events are wholly sponsored by freedom loving, concerned people who want to bring new ideas to their community and businesses. To sponsor a Mises Circle in your region, please call Kristy Holmes at 800-636-4737 or email her.


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