Friday, January 29, 2016

Where Are We Headed in 2016?

-Mises Institute
2016 is an election year, and already the Hillary/Bernie/Trump saga has consumed most of the media’s oxygen for several months. As usual, politics brings division and anger: Americans literally fear having one disfavored candidate or another occupying the White House next.

And so it goes. Lobbyists and super PACS spend billions, the candidates spend millions, and the whole sordid spectacle grinds on. From the libertarian perspective, there are worrying questions about the various candidates’ plans to tax, regulate, conscript, and wage wars.

But what does it all portend? Will the libertarian message get swept under the rug over the next year, as the candidates unleash an orgy of statist rhetoric? Or are hopeful cracks beginning to show, as the two parties, mainstream media, academia, and PC enforcers increasingly lose credibility with the public?

As Murray Rothbard argued, libertarians by necessity should never allow themselves to get bogged down or depressed by the political landscape of the day. On the contrary, Murray argued, we should enjoy skewering the political class — and remain hopeful for the long-term prospects of liberty.

Watch Live:
(All times Central time zone)

10:00 a.m. Jeff Deist, Alt-Right vs. Socialist Left: What It Means for Liberty

10:25 a.m. Corie Whalen Stephens, Liberty Will Always Be Popular

10:35 a.m. Bob Murphy, Why the Fed’s Magic Trick Won’t Work

11:00 a.m. Q&A

11:40 a.m. Panel Discussion, Where Are We Headed in 2016?

1:50 p.m. Lew Rockwell, 3 Reasons for Hope

2:10 p.m. Ron Paul, What’s Ahead

2:40 p.m. Q&A