Distinguished Fellow at the Mises Institute Hans-Herman Hoppe created a new intellectual society in 2006. He named it The Property and Freedom Society, and its fifth annual meeting was held this past week in Bodrum, Turkey.
As a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and John Randolph Club, Hoppe observed the potential failings of such groups and has crafted an astutely devised intellectually radical organization.
In his 2010 address, Hoppe describes the two goals of the Society:
On the one hand, positively, it was to explain and elucidate the legal, economic, cognitive and cultural requirements and features of a free, state-less natural order.
On the other hand, negatively, it was to unmask the State and showcase it for what it really is: an institution run by gangs of murderers, plunderers and thieves, surrounded by willing executioners, propagandists, sycophants, crooks, liars, clowns, charlatans, dupes and useful idiots—an institution that dirties and taints everything it touches.
Hoppe first presented his idea for an international “Austro-libertarian” society during an informal meeting with Thomas DiLorenzo, Guido Hülsmann, and Ralph Raico at the 2005 Mises Institute Summer University in Auburn, Alabama. The three thinkers welcomed the project and shortly afterwards Walter Block, Joseph Salerno, and Stephan Kinsella joined in the project.
The opening declaration from the first meeting ends in this way:
In thus seeking a fresh and radical new beginning, we are heeding the old but frequently forgotten advice of Friedrich Hayek’s: “We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage. What we lack is a liberal Utopia, a programme which seems neither a mere defence of things as they are nor a diluted kind of socialism, but a truly liberal radicalism which does not spare the susceptibilities of the mighty…, which is not too severely practical and which does not confine itself to what appears today as politically possible. We need intellectual leaders who are prepared to resist the blandishments of power and influence and who are willing to work for an ideal, however small may be the prospects of its early realization. They must be men who are willing to stick to principles and to fight for their full realization, however remote. … Unless we can make the philosophical foundations of a free society once more a living intellectual issue, and its implementation a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are indeed dark. But if we can regain that belief in the power of ideas which was the mark of liberalism at its best, the battle is not lost.”
Doubtless, this Society is a natural ally of YAL and the cause of liberty.Published in