Better Than Being a Libertarian: Networking With Them

Gaining Value from Conferences Beyond Education

This past weekend, approximately 650 people flocked to the Mises InstituteCircle” in Houston, Texas, and I was one of them. A further 1,200 watched online, to better understand the current economic crisis from an Austrian perspective.

Without doubt, most people at the event were already familiar with the case for free markets and had read books from the Austrian school. The people at the conference also have access to YouTube and can watch Ron Paul speeches and interviews. So, why did my friends and I drive 11 hours from El Paso, Texas, to attend the Mises Circle? What is the appeal of such an event?

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name, Because It’s Illegal

Icelandic Mother and Daughter Await Court Decision Over Unauthorized Name

Years ago, Björk Eiðsdóttir read a novel by Iceland’s sole Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness. She found the description of one character, a young lady named “Blær,” to be beautiful, and she decided that if she were to have a daughter, she would give her that name.

Then in 1997, Björk did give birth, and she followed through on her wish from the book, Brekkukotsannáll (The Fish Can Sing). That decision, however, has led to many years of unforeseen challenges, and, more recently, international attention.

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Why I Left New Zealand

And Why She Remains an Expatriation Destination

And Why It Remains an Expatriation Destination to Consider

To write this article breaks my heart a little. The reality is that, after returning from Boston University, I did not want to leave New Zealand—at least not on a long-term basis. Despite the consistent trend towards negative net-migration to New Zealand, I suspect many fellow expats share my sentiment.

I reminisce days at Raglan Beach, the Bay of Islands, and the Coromandel Peninsula with my family. When I return to visit, I still love to run the hills that surround Te Akatea Station, the farm where I grew up near Ngaruawahia. The Waikato River also gave me many enjoyable summers of rowing training, and I loved to race on Lake Karapiro.

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The Fading Concept of Nationalism

Younger Generations Are Moving Beyond the Myths of National Obligations

After suffering through years of government education and socialization, a fair amount of sympathy for nationalism is predictable.

From early on, teachers pass on patriotic myths to elementary school children in songs glorifying war and fairy tales presented as history, wherein government actions account for all success, wealth, and peace.

In the United States, students express obedience to the nation through the Pledge of Allegiance, unquestionably recited from memory at the beginning of each school day, while facing the American flag found hanging in every classroom.

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Demystifying the Cult of Higher Education

Review: Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions

In the tale The Emperor’s New Clothes, two self-described tailors persuade a vain ruler that they can make him a fabric so light that stupid and incompetent people cannot see it. Then, when the con men create nothing, people still proclaim its beauty for fear that not doing so would be an admission of incompetence.

As the emperor sits in his procession, one lone child cries, “The emperor is naked!” Upon realizing the truth, the chorus of the crowd echoes, “The emperor is naked!” but he continues on as though there were no problem.

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