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Economy, Society, and History:<br />A Seminar with Hans-Hermann Hoppe

May 31

Auburn, Alabama

Listen to the course here.


Ludwig von Mises wrote that the critical role of private property in securing freedom was the most outstanding insight of the liberal intellectual tradition. But few have carried his point as far as Hans-Hermann Hoppe, professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, editor of the  Journal of Libertarian Studies , and one of today's most brilliant and creative  libertarian philosophers.


In books such as  Democracy: The God that Failed and A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, Hoppe has shown that property rights and thus liberty are violated whenever a territorial monopolist on the use of force (i.e. a state) purports to be a more effective provider of goods and services than the market economy. The struggle between this monopolist and property owners forms the theoretical core in Hoppe's economic and social thought.Topics covered in the week include:

  • the philosophical justification of private property
  • the implications of ownership for economic science
  • the relationship between justice and property
  • the political implications of private property
  • the meaning of contracts and covenants
  • the origin of the state
  • the origin and development of society
  • the role of natural and artifical elites
  • the market for law services and security
  • democracy and monarchy
  • the viability of secession
  • war and imperialism
  • the moral urgency of a pure private-propety order
  • strategic considerations in libertarian activism.

For more on Hoppe, see his  vita and  website.

The seminar will consist of two primary lectures per day for five days, May 31-June 4, 2004, and discussion time with the professor. The Seminar is open to full-time students, faculty, and current Members of the Mises Institute (Click  HERE to join).Registration is $125 for Mises Institute Members and faculty, including daily boxed lunches and refreshment breaks, and the use of Mises Institute research libraries and computers. You may  register online . Dormitory rooms are available for $25 per person per night double-occupancy or $35 per night single-occupancy. For other Auburn accommodations, see  http://mises.org/hotels.asp. For Atlanta-Auburn airport shuttles, see   Express85.



Students may apply for tuition scholarships by submitting the  online application form  along with a copy of student ID.  To apply for a dormitory accommodations scholarship, students should also include at least one letter of academic recommendation and an informal transcript copy.  This information can be mailed to Hoppe Scholarship Committee, Mises Institute, 518 West Magnolia Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36832, or faxed to 734-448-8148, or emailed to pat@mises.org.


Luigi Cavalli-Sforza, Genes, Peoples, and Languages
Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
Hans Hermann-Hoppe, Democracy: The God That Failed
Bertrand De Jouvenel, On Power
Ludwig von Mises, Socialism
Franz Oppenheimer, The State
Carroll Quigley, The Evolution of Civilizations
Murray N. Rothbard, Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature
Herbert Spencer, Principles of Sociology (ed. Robert Carneiro)

SCHEDULE (Central Time Zone)

Monday May 31
  • 9:30am shuttle from Commons Dorm/AU Hotel to Mises Institute
  • 10:00-11:30 Hoppe 1: The nature of man and the human condition: language, property, and production
  • noon-1:00: Joseph Stromberg: "Rothbard on the Warfare State" 
  • 1:00-2:00 lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 Hoppe 2: The spread of humans around the world; the extension and intensification of the division of labor
  • 7:00: Movie: Gangs of New York (2003)
Tuesday June 1
  • 10:00-11:30 Hoppe 3: Money and monetary integration; the growth of cities and the globalization of trade
  • noon-1:00 lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 Hoppe 4: Time preference, capital, technology, and economic growth
  • 4:00 Presentation to Hans-Hermann Hoppe of the 2004 Kurzweg Family Award for Liberty, Property, and Responsibility
Wednesday June 2
  • 9:30 Shuttle from Commons Dorm to Mises Institute
  • 10:00-11:30 Hoppe 5: The wealth of nations: ideology, religion, biology, and environment
  • noon - 1:00 Joseph Stromberg: "States, Sovereignty, and History"
  • 1:00-2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 Hoppe 6: The production of law and order: natural order, feudalism, and federalism
  • 4:00 Shuttle from Mises Institute to Commons Dorm
  • 6:45 Shuttle from Commons Dorm to Mises Institute
  • 7:00 Movie: Equilibrium (2002)
  • 9:00 Shuttle from Mises Institute to Commons Dorm
Thursday June 3
  • 9:30 Shuttle from Commons Dorm to Mises Institute
  • 10:00-11:30 Hoppe 7: Parasitism and the origin of the state
  • noon - 1:00 Lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 Hoppe 8: From monarchy to democracy
  • 4:00 Shuttle from Mises Institute to Commons Dorm
Friday June 4
  • 9:30 Shuttle from Commons Dorm to Mises Institute
  • 10:00-11:30 Hoppe 9: State, war, and imperialism
  • noon - 1:00 lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 Hoppe 10: Strategy: secession, privatization, and the prospects of liberty
  • 4:00 Songs of the Mises Circle; followed by Pizza Party and Movie: Duck Soup
  • 5:00 Shuttle from Mises Institute to Commons Dorm
  • 7:00 Shuttle from Mises Institute to Commons Dorm

Questions:  Patricia Barnett at pat@mises.org

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