Friday, 12 November 2010

Stuff to go to

Three events here to get excited about, in reverse chronological order.

* * This Tuesday it’s…

UoA Econ Group 16 Nov-1

PUBLIC LECTURE: The role of gold in the monetary system

With special overseas guest - Professor Antal Fekete

    President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick wrote this week that a new international monetary system should  "consider employing gold as an international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values."  And yet many, including Paul Krugman, still see gold as a “barbarous relic” that has no place in a modern society.
    This coming Tuesday the 16th of November at 7pm, the University Economics Group is pleased to present a seminar by Professor Antal Fekete, a proponent of the gold standard and critic of the current monetary system. With talk of currency wars and continued financial instability dominating the headlines, there has never been a more important time to examine the foundations of the current monetary system. This is a unique opportunity to hear an alternative view about what makes money ‘sound’ and ‘unsound’, as well as the historical (and possibly future) role of gold as the anchor in the monetary system.
    Born in Hungary, Professor Fekete is a retired Professor of Mathematics and Statistics from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada who now devotes his time to writing and lecturing on fiscal and monetary reform with special regard to the role of gold and silver in the monetary system. He has taught at universities around the world including Columbia and Princeton.
    Date: Tuesday 16 November
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: Engineering School, 20 Symonds St, Room 3402
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Professor Fekete speak about this important topic during his brief visit to New Zealand. There’s no cost for an evening that could not be more topical.
Al welcome! And don't forget to invite your friends.

* * Starting next Monday…

Auckland: Symposium on Sound Money

When the US Federal Reserve dumps a half-trillion dollar bolus of money created out of thin air into the veins of the American banking system (a mainline of government bailout crack representing the last gasp of a desperate but already exploded Keynesian orthodoxy) and the Bank of England governor Mervyn King says it’s time to talk about “eliminating fractional reserve banking” (the first gasp, perhaps, of a much-needed and long-overdue mainstream sanity) you should know it’s time to get the concept of sound money into perspective.
It’s essential self-defence for your pocket book!

goldstandard3 A week-long Symposium on Sound Money, presented by Louis Boulanger, and
delivered by the man sometimes called the “Einstein of Money," Professor Antal Fekete from his School of New Austrian Economics.
    Professor Fekete will explain  what he means by an ‘unadulterated gold standard,’ how today’s fiat-based monetary system is destroying both savings and jobs, and the role of gold as numéraire and the ultimate extinguisher of all debts.
    This is a unique opportunity to hear a world authority present an alternative view about what makes money ‘sound,’ and how ‘unsound ‘ money is pushing us to the very brink of disaster once again, based on history…
    Each of the ten lectures will last one hour and will be followed by a question and answers period lasting up to one hour. There will be one lecture per morning, starting at 9.30am, and one lecture per afternoon, starting at 2pm.

The course runs from Monday 15 November to Friday 19 November 2010, at the Owen G. Glenn Business School of the University of Auckland. Get on to it now. (Tell them I sent you.)

Details here.

Download the symposium programme here.

Email the event manager here.

Tomorrow (Saturday)…


Auckland plays host tomorrow to the annual Libertarianz party conference--and, naturally, you're invited.
We have a fantastic line-up of speakers, including world-leading Austrian economist Anton Fekete--here to talk about everything that's topical, including gold, and more--and local campaigner to abolish the DPB, Lindsay Mitchell. On top of that we have all our regular speakers including leading local blogger Peter Cresswell; Libz candidate in the Mana by-election Sean Fitzpatrick; NZ's answer to PJ O'Rourke, Bernard Darnton; and Libz leader and luminary Dr Richard McGrath.
So come Down to the Doctor’s and charge your freedom-loving batteries at the 2010 Libz conference this Saturday, for the risibly low price of just $40. Come along and register on the day.
        WHEN: Saturday November 13, 9:30am to 4pm
        WHERE: Dukes Midway Lodge, off Pah Rd, Royal Oak.
For more details, jump onto,
It's going to be a great day! Don't miss out.


  1. All the best for the Libz end of year. I'll drink one to you here.

  2. May I make a suggestion? You should change the party's name to "The Party of Small Government".

    In my experience "libertarianism" is fairly difficult to explain quickly. If you call yourselves the Party of Small Government you don't have to explain anything. The name says it all, and makes "parties of big government" out of all the others.

  3. Mmm. For the record, Mark H and Mark Hubbard are two different people :)

  4. Bugger... if only you had given a week's notice instead of a day. I would love to have come along....


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