- David D. Friedman: "Encryption and Freedom
on the Internet"
David Friedman is professor of economic analysis of law at Santa
Clara University, the author of The Machinery of Freedom and son of
world renowned economist Milton Friedman.
In this talk, David will demonstrate how both the internet in general,
and encryption technology in particular contribute to freedom. These
technologies bolster liberty by providing communication, trade and
anonymity that is extremely difficult for the government to regulate.
David Friedman has a web page at http://www.best.com/~ddfr/. For
more information on anonymity on the internet, you might want to check
out Zero Knowledge. For one approach
to facilitating trade on the internet, you might want to visit ERights.org.
For information on internet censorship, Free-Market.net's Spotlight on Internet
Censorship would be a good place to start. For
one very controversial possibility that that encryption might bring
about, see Jim Bell's Assassination Politics.
- Samuel E. Konkin III
April 13, 2000 For most people, there seems to be a huge
gap in the libertarian movement from about 1900, when Lysander Spooner
and contemporaries were writing up until the founding of the
Libertarian Party. Mr. Konkin filled in a lot of the gaps, and also
gave a brief idea of why he doesn't think the Libertarian Party is the
best way to accomplish anything.
- Primary Election
March 6th & 7th, 2000 Passed out our Positions on the March
2000 ballot initiatives to hundreds of people on Sproul. Available online. Also, see the results of the election,
and Anthony's flyers on Prop 21, Prop 22,
and prop 28.
- The Henry George School
April 8th, 1998 Dr. Fred Foldvary gave a talk entitled
"Justice, Private Communities, and Public Finance", advocating an
application of Henry George's single tax that would result in a
decentralized, market driven economy. Dr. Foldvary is the author of
Public Goods and Private Communities, on his idea of
decentralizing government, and The Soul of Liberty, on natural
rights. There is some debate whether this is compatible with
Henry George was a 19th century American economist, who traced
nearly all economic problems to the inefficiency of allowing ownership
of natural resources. He recommended heavy taxes to prevent
speculation in natural resources (notably land), and a free market for
all other aspects of the economy. Progress and Poverty is
considered his most important work.
- David Friedman: "In Defense of Anarchy"
March 18th, 1998 Libertarian author, economist and
professor of law David Friedman made the case for privatizing all
functions of government, including the police, courts, and
legislature. So many people came that they couldn't all fit in the
room. Some of them had to sit on the floor and in the hall!
David Friedman calls his libertarian form of anarchism
anacho-capitalism or a propertarian anarchism. He is the author of The
Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism and Hidden Order:
The Economics of Everyday Life.
Visit David Friedman's Web Page or jump directly to
Police, Courts, and Laws--on the Market from
The Machinery of Freedom.
- Why We Should Abolish the Income Tax
March 4th, 1998 Cal Libertarians member Mark Goodman gave a
presentation. The text from the flyer for the event is available online.
- Protest against U.S. Intervention in Iraq
February 27th, 1998The Cal Libertarians protested
U.N. sanctions against Iraq, U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf
and interventionist foreign policy in general. We briefly joined the
Muslim Student Union and International Socialist Organization on the
Sproul Hall steps and distributed 300 copies of a position statement
titled "End U.S. Intervention
in Iraq." A copy of this available online.
- Why We Should Say No to the IMF
February 25th, 1998 We played a
RealAudio File from the Cato Institute which questioned the need for
the International Monetary Fund. The following is the text from the
Featuring Senator Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C.); Allan Meltzer,
Carnegie Mellon University; and Ian Vásquez, Cato
Institute. The International Monetary Fund is asking the
United States for $18 billion, even after the IMF failed to
warn about Asia's financial crisis. But members of Congress,
academia, and the public increasingly question the fund's
ability to deal with economic emergencies--and the necessity
of its doing so. Senator Faircloth will challenge the wisdom
and fairness of bailing out governments and investors in
Asia. Professor Meltzer will discuss how the IMF helped cause
and intensify a crisis whose roots lie in misguided Asian
policies. He and Mr. Vásquez explain why market solutions
are superior to and less costly than IMF solutions.
- The Libertarian Solution to our Environmental Problems
Late Fall 1997 Semester Cal Libertarians President Daniel
Burton gave a speech on why property rights and the free market are a
better protection for the environment than government
bureaucracies. Notes are
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