Proletarian Revolution in Las Vegas

Boomtube to Bally's

Boomtube to Bally's

I’m organising a panel on the topic of “Free-Market Anti-Capitalism?” (I put in the question mark to make it less scary for the faint of heart) at APEE’s next conference (11-13 April, 2010, in Las Vegas); I’ve got Sheldon Richman, Charles Johnson, and Shawn Wilbur lined up as presenters, and Steve Horwitz as discussant. (I plan just to moderate rather than present, unless someone drops out.)

Technically this is a “proposed” panel rather than a definite one, but when I first inquired about how to propose a panel, the response I received read, in part, “I’m very glad to know that you will be organizing a session for APEE 2010. Thanks for your interest and your efforts. I look forward to seeing you in Vegas,” followed by info about uploading the panel details to the APEE website, so I’m guessing approval is fairly pro forma.

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20 Responses to Proletarian Revolution in Las Vegas

  1. Kevin Carson August 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    It’s a catchy title.

  2. Mike D. August 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Roderick, you’re clearly infringing on Kevin’s intellectual property here. Kindly cease and desist.

    • Roderick August 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

      Nope, it’s been two days since he updated his blog, which means he’s abandoned his property in the title “Free-Market Anti-Capitalism,” and so I’m now squatting on it. Plus I’ve laboured to add “improvements” (i.e. the question mark).

      • b-psycho August 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm #


      • Rad Geek August 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

        Hey, that’s our question mark — used continuously since February 2009, as you can plainly see — which you are using without attribution.

        Expect a call from our lawyers (all of the lawyers we have) soon.

        • Roderick August 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

          Ah, but yours says “Free Market Anti-Capitalism?” while mine says “Free-Market Anti-Capitalism?”; the hyphen makes all the difference. (And now that I think about it, Kevin’s version doesn’t have a hyphen either.) So they’re no more connected than Walmart and Wal-Mart.

          Expect a call from our lawyers (all of the lawyers we have) soon.

          All my armed battalions enjoy fun with universal quantifiers too.

        • Alcuin of York August 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

          Hey you guys, I invented the question mark, and I am totally suing everybody.

  3. Sheldon Richman August 8, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    Who’s the panel member who stole my name?

    • Roderick August 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

      Apparently it’s this guy, who is obviously some sort of dangerous punk rocker and not the respectable editor of The Freeman.

      • dennis August 8, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

        I heard Sheldon Richman used to be in one of those furry diaper heavy metal bands, you know, like Man o’ War.

      • Sheldon Richman August 9, 2009 at 8:51 am #

        Oh, him. Yes, he’s been brought to my attention before. Austro-punkism, I think it’s called.

        • Anon73 August 9, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

          So are Kevin Carson’s radical reinterpretations of Austrian economics an example of “Austro-punkism”?

        • Roderick August 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

          Argh. This whole debate between Salerno and Boettke is a dialogue of the deaf. Don’t get me started.

        • Anon73 August 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

          Funny in the book in that link honoring Hans-Hermann Hoppe there is an essay by Sean Gabb where he attacks limited liability and says some very Carson-like things about big business; very surprised to see this in a book honoring Hoppe considering how Kevin Carson is regarded at the LvMI.

        • Stephan Kinsella August 10, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

          Anon73: sorry to disappoint. Huelsmann and I, as well as Hoppe, all like and respect Gabb, though I have politely debated related topics with him previously: Sean Gabb’s Thoughts on Limited Liability; also this post and related others collected at Legitimizing the Corporation and Other Posts.

        • Stephan Kinsella August 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

          BTW, Anon73, Carson has been mentioned politely and often favorably many times at e.g. my post here; and he was published and discussed in the Mises Institute’s Journal of Libertarian Studies. No need to unfairly demonize us (say, this isn’t Tom Palmer, is it?)

        • Roderick August 10, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

          I don’t think Tom P. has ever referred to Kevin Carson either positively or negatively.

          (Qualification for philosophers: well, except when he has used phrases like “everybody” which in fact refer inter alia to Kevin Carson.)

        • Anon73 August 11, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

          Not quite, you’re forgetting the “universe of discourse”. If I come to a meeting and say “everybody is here”, my statement is correct even though the Pope is not there, because there is an implied universe to the use of “everybody” or “somebody” in English.

        • Roderick August 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

          I wouldn’t know — I’ve never been to a meeting where the Pope wasn’t present.

  4. Neverfox August 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    I’m adding this to my plans (with “Plans” written at the top) and I’m gearing up my intention to pursue instrumental means to make out to the see this. I’m only a five-hour drive away; it would be an offense of taste and decency if I didn’t listen to that powerhouse lineup in person.

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