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Doug French: Freedom Through Technology

From Andy Duncan at The God That Failed. Great talk by Doug French. His story about how he had to copy Rothbard’s The Mystery of Banking by hand on a library photocopy machine, feeding dimes into it. In the old days. The dark ages. In 1991 I lived in London. I had at that time read a lot of libertarian books but for the past couple years I had gotten more interested in Rothbard and Mises and Austro-libertarianism. I had read For A New Liberty but The Ethics of Liberty was out of print. I found a copy in the University of London library and spent an hour or so making my own photocopy by hand. I spiral bound it with a clear plastic cover since it was my only copy. I had it for years, dog-eared and annotated, until it was re-published in 1998.

Doug ends his inspiring talk with a great quote from Mises’s Liberalism:

No sect and no political party has believed that it could afford to forgo advancing its cause by appealing to men’s senses. Rhetorical bombast, music and song resound, banners wave, flowers and colors serve as symbols, and the leaders seek to attach their followers to their own person. Liberalism has nothing to do with all this. It has no party flower and no party color, no party song and no party idols, no symbols and no slogans. It has the substance and the arguments. These must lead it to victory.

Here’s Andy Duncan’s post:

Doug French: Freedom Through Technology
Posted on March 23, 2012
Doug French discusses how things have changed in the last thirty years, and perhaps his insights explain why the nascent world government is so desperate to shut down the Internet, via the mechanism of ‘Intellectual Property’, or as they knew it in Elizabethan England, Royalty-granted monopoly:

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