Capitalism & Morality 2014

To the masses, the catchwords of Socialism sound so enticing… so they will continue to work for Socialism, helping thereby to bring about the inevitable decline of the civilization which the nations of the West have taken thousands of years to build up.” - Ludwig von Mises

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“This idea that the government has services or goods that they can pass on is a complete farce. Governments have nothing. They can't create anything, they never have. All they can do is steal from one group and give it to another at the destruction of the principles of freedom.”
- Ron Paul

"...if we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion."
- F. A. Hayek

Contrary to the vulgar belief that men are motivated primarily by materialistic considerations, we now see the capitalist system being discredited and destroyed all over the world, even though this system has given men the greatest material comforts”

- Ayn Rand

“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance."
-Murray Rothbard

"The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it."
- Harry Browne


“Morally acting man seeks profit; immorally acting man seeks plunder.”

- Jay S. Snelson

Here is the link to the video recording of the seminar held on 26 July 2014


Publically-managed education is indoctrinating people around the world to think and act alike and to worship the new-age religion of democracy and nationalism. They are psychologically crippled through the development of an entitlement mentality. Fiat currency has morally corrupted the individual by making his time-preference very high. In the West, encounters with the state—at airports and elsewhere—are increasingly humiliating to the integrity of the individual.

Despite the above, the state is showing obvious signs of crumbling. It is too brittle and rigid in the rapidly changing world. Forever-wars and militarization of the police—as in the US—are likely signs of desperation of the governments and their failure to control the increasingly mobile humanity. The state has promised too much, but cannot deliver on freebies. In the real world of causality, ironically, the state finds itself in conflict with the statist, entitlement-oriented populace, who increasingly think that the state is a magic wand. 

For the seeker of freedom, today’s technology allows a possibility of a free, productive life, without a need of having to go to live in solitude in the Himalayas.

We will discuss what the combination of increasing dependence of the individual on the state and the fact that the state is crumbling will have on the future. Hopefully this will help prepare those who are seeking a more free life.

Program (Saturday, 26 July 2014):

· 8 to 8:25am: Registration and coffee

· 8:25 to 8:30am: Introduction by Jayant Bhandari

· 8:30 to 9:20am: “Lessons from ancient Rome,” by Larry Reed
Mr Reed is the President of Foundation for Economic Education, USA. Earlier, he was the President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan based free-market think-tank. His latest book, A Republic – If We Can Keep It, is a collection of essays that surveys the economic history of the United States and the modern world. As a journalist, he visited 81 countries, spent time with Contra rebels in Nicaragua, lived with Mozambique rebel forces, and travelled with freedom activists in Poland.

· 9:20 to 10:20am: “Unschooling and Freedom Parenting,” by Dayna Martin
Ms Martin has been inspiring others for over a decade by sharing her experience through natural birth, attachment parenting and Unschooling.  Author of, Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, and her newest book, Sexy Birth. She’s been featured on Dr. Phil, CNN, Nightline, Australia’s most popular morning news program, Morning Sunrise, The Jeff Probst Show, ABC’s hit show, Wife Swap, Fox News and the Bethenny Show.

· 10:20 to 10:45am: Coffee

· 10:45 to 11:45am: “Anarchist’s duty to succeed,” by Rick Rule
Mr Rule is one of the most successful investors anywhere. Mr Rule started his career working as a security guard at False Creek in Vancouver. He is currently the Chairman, Sprott US Holdings Inc., one of the biggest and most successful money managers in the resource sector. He is a living proof of what he loves to say, “Your biggest problem is not the state and its tyranny, but what is between your two ears.” In his talk, Mr Rule will emphasize that fulfillment comes from individual achievement, and that advances in the condition of mankind occur through voluntary rather than coercive exchanges.   

· 11:45 to 12:45pm: “The Revolutionary Implications of P2P Technology,” by Jeffrey Tucker
Mr Tucker is CLO (Chief Liberty Officer) of and publisher of Laissez Faire Books. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member.

· 12:45 to 1:35pm: Lunch (the last 15 minutes will accompany poetry by the spoken word artist, Lilija Valis, with musicians Enrico Renz and Lawren Nemeth, in an exploration and celebration of the universal quest for freedom.)

· 1:35 to 2:45pm: “Decline of Empire: Parallels between the US and Rome,” by Doug Casey
Mr Casey, founder of Casey Research, is one of the most sought after speakers. He has written two New York Times bestsellers, including “Crisis Investing,” which was #1 for 19 weeks. He frequently contributes to and the Liberty. He has recently published two new books, “Totally Incorrect” and “Right on the money.”

· 2:45 to 3:45pm: “The unfolding civilization,” by Butler Shaffer
Mr Shaffer, an astute observer of the human nature, talks about the ever-continuing demeaning of the human spirit under the expansion of institutional power. Author of several books—Boundaries of Order, Calculated Chaos, In Restraint of Trade, The Wizard of Ozymandias, and his latest Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property—Mr Shaffer teaches law at Southwestern Law School.

· 3:45 to 4:10pm: Coffee

· 4:10 to 4:30pm: “Values that underpin successful, dynamic societies,” by Jayant Bhandari
Jayant is a contributing editor of the Liberty magazine and frequently writes for the Mises Institute, the Mises Institute (Canada), Casey Research, Le Québécois Libre, the Dollar Vigilante, etc.

· 4:30 to 5pm: Butler Shaffer to interview Dayna Martin using the Socratic Method

· 5 to 5:30pm: Doug Casey to interview Rick Rule about his life and the lessons he has learned

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Event Rooms 1200-1500
Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 1W6
(This is an independent event, not affiliated with the School)  

Jayant Bhandari


Linked here are video recordings of earlier year seminars.