Mises 2018: Andy Duncan on “Leftism versus Humanity”

Leftism versus Humanity
Speech to the Mises UK Conference
at the Charing Cross Hotel in London
27th January 2018
Andy Duncan

Fall of Rome

We are, I believe, at a turning point in history. I see a glimmer, the tiniest wee glimmer, of the ‘End of Socialism’. So what is socialism? At its core, it’s a religion of theft. And its God is ‘The State’.

Fall of Berlin Wall

So what’s ‘The State’? Well, the state is a murderous organised criminal gang, aided and abetted by its intellectual bodyguards who get their cut by masking this criminality.

Murray Rothbard

My hero, Murray Rothbard; he was pessimistic in the short-term. He thought socialism would dominate the world. But he was equally optimistic for the long-term. When the masses suffer poverty, chaos and misery, that socialism always brings, in places like Venezuela, it eventually gets swept away.

But now we’re here in Rothbard’s long-term. Should we be pessimistic or should we be optimistic? This morning, I want to talk about why I think I can see the possible end of socialism and how we here can help accelerate this process along.

To do it, we need to analyse what makes socialism so appealing despite its utter stupidity. Then we can weaponise these ideas to put our boots onto its neck. 

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Forget the Bali Nine

D.J. Webb

Two Australian citizens face execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling, with current indications the pair will receive their lawful punishment on Wednesday (April 29th). They are part of a gang of drug smugglers known collectively as the Bali Nine, although the other members of the gang were sentenced to life imprisonment. Australian outrage has focused on the fact that Indonesia has the temerity to hand down the death penalty to criminals with Australian citizenship. Who do the Indonesians think they are? Continue reading

Godfrey Bloom: A Martian’s assessment of earth

A Martian’s assessment of earth
by Godfrey Bloom

Let us assume for the purpose of argument we were hosting a competent, experienced management consultant from another galaxy with an in depth knowledge of planet earth’s economic history. He has, of course, no cronies, no axe to grind, he is dispassionate, he is most certainly not an intellectual or academic. He is not part of any political dogma or machine. He has no cronies and no personal financial interest. Indeed he returns to his own galaxy on completion of his report. What would this ice-cold individual recommend driven by pure common sense? Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the History of Marijuana

Cannabis Flower

Keri Blakinger, Substance

Waking Times

Fancy yourself a connoisseur of all things weed? Then see whether this trip from ancient China to modern Alaska takes you anywhere unexpected.

What do Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Justin Bieber, Maya Angelou and well over 100 million Americans all have in common? They’ve all smoked pot. Throughout its history, marijuana has attracted plenty of unexpected users and proponents. And much of the history of greenery is now familiar to us—thanks to History Channel specials, the burgeoning legalization movement and the popularity of anti-pot propaganda films like Reefer Madness. But even if you’re intimately familiar with the plant in all its forms, we’re willing to wager that some of these facts will surprise you. Continue reading

Does DMT Play a Role in the Expansion of Consciousness and Open a Doorway to the Afterlife?

by Jeff Roberts

Forget about every other psychedelic for just one minute, because it’s time we have a serious talk about DMT.

It’s time we discuss the absolute profundity of an experience that changes people’s lives forever. In a matter of seconds, everything you know about the world in front of you is ripped away, catapulting your awareness into a dimension of foreign abstraction and pure astonishment. Continue reading

Letter to William Hague – 28th February 1998

Note: I published this on the 28th February 1998. Sixteen years are long enough to see whether I was right or wrong.

I was right that the Thatcher Consensus could be detached from the electoral fortunes of the Conservative Party. The Blair and Brown Governments did nothing to shake that consensus. Indeed, taxes and spending remains well under control until the Financial Crisis of 2008, and went out of control thereafter largely because the Government pledged our credit to save its friends in the banking sector.

I was right about the increased drive to a police state. I was also right that there would be no effort made to join the Euro.

I was probably right about the American alliance. This being said, I have, since 2003, become so hostile to the United States that I no longer agree with the relaxed tone of my older comments.

Above all, I was right about the strategy I suggested to William Hague. A libertarian push from the Conservative Opposition would have destabilised the Blair Government. It might have slowed the growth of the police state. It might even have brought about a Conservative victory in 2001. Sadly, I was also right about Mr Hague and his friends. They were and are useless. He, in particular, was the worst Conservative opposition leader in history. He was also about the worst Foreign Secretary – on the whole, a most remarkable achievement.

In closing, if I was broadly right about British politics in 1998, there is a significant chance that I am right abut them in 2014. SIG Continue reading