Libertarians are known for enjoying a good debate, and rumours abound that we are also partial to hot headed arguments. I am hoping that this last generalistion turns out to be unjustified on September 6th because I think that this month’s speaker at the Rose and Crown will edge Harry Aldridges’ UKIP sales pitch as perhaps the most contentious subject to take on. Come to think of it, Mr Aldridge left looking reasonably happy, so perhaps we’ll be okay.
I will let the speaker, Chistian Michel, give you a taster of his argument. Christian thinks that Britain, rather than avoiding the doomed authoritarian political project, should actually join the euro, and do so with the active support of libertarians:
I start from the following propositions, which I think libertarians will not disagree with:
- The greater the number of economic agents using the same currency, the better that currency can serve its purpose as means of payment; national currencies are obsolete
- The greater the independence of a bank of issue, the more reliably its currency can be used as a store of value
The euro has the potential to satisfy these two requirements. It is issued by a central bank, which does not derive its legitimacy from any national sovereignty, and that is its virtue.
Never let it be said that I am closed to opinions I oppose!
Christian, I am assured, is a bona fides libertarian who has consistently advocated for economic liberty consistently for many years and has earnt the respect of the community. He also has considerable economic expertise from running his own financial business out of Geneva. He is the author of books and papers published by the Institut Economique de Paris and Hampden Press, notably La Liberté, deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle; Vivre Ensemble; Bricks of Freedom; The Class Struggle Is Not Over
Christian is away and does not know it, but his talk will need to begin a little later than usual to make way for a round of announcements, but please be there at 8pm to get the full benefit of the evening’s formal session. As ever, the informal bit officially starts from 7pm, though regulars often arrive earlier at their convenience. Lately, we have been in the beer garden for the start of the evening but we will see. The talk will happen upstairs in the function room, accessed from behind the bar.