TFA Christmas pub quiz- 06/12/11

As usual the Freedom Association have a number of interesting events coming up, but this one in particular caught my eye:

We have something special for you on the 6th December… Come and join us for the usual drinking and (relatively) light-hearted competition for The Freedom Association’s Christmas pub quiz. With a variety of different themed rounds, come and test your general knowledge (or ignorance!) against some like-minded libertarians!

Some food will be provided for each team, and there will be extra special prizes this month… That’s not all, we also have some very special guest quiz masters for you…Hosting rounds will be: Harry Cole, Mark Wallace, Raheem Kassam, Jonathan Isaby and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

There will be plenty of decorations to get you in the Christmas mood. Christmas fancy dress and attire is strongly encouraged.The quiz will start around 7.30pm, although feel free to join us for drinks earlier on. Teams can be a maximum of five people. Spaces are strictly limited so please make sure you register here. Tickets are charged at £5 which will be payable on the night.

To register, please go to:

Please let us know if you are interested in attending ASAP and we might be able to put a LH team together!

Detlev Schlichter on “Paper Money Collapse”

An upcomming event hosted by the Adam Smith Institute:

Detlev S. Schlichter will talk about his book “Paper Money Collapse”:

All paper money systems in history have ended in failure. Either they collapsed in chaos, or society returned to commodity money before that could happen.

Drawing upon novel new research, Paper Money Collapse conclusively illustrates why paper money systems—those based on an elastic and constantly expanding supply of money as opposed to a system of commodity money of essentially fixed supply—are inherently unstable and why they must lead to economic disintegration.

Paper Money Collapse shows that the present cirsis is the unavoidable result of elastic money; and that the continuous money production to stimulate the economy could lead to a complete collapse of the monetary system.

Detlev Schlichter is a writer and Austrian School economist who has spent nearly twenty years working in international finance, including for Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, and Wester Asset Management.

Drinks provided

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Church House, Convocation Hall, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BL

Please check out their events page for some other interesting events comming up in the next few weeks

Upcomming Event: The Battle of Ideas

Two days of debates organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Arts. Some topics that might be of interest include:

Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

Can social democracy survive the 21st century?
Is big business ruining food?
Interns or slave labour?
And many more. The debates take place over the weekend of 29-30th October, check out the programme for full details

Anyone free this weekend?

I saw in tonight’s Evening Standard that the usual suspects are planning on occupying the London Stock Exchange this weekend. Given how the city is always a ghost town on a Saturday I really have to wonder what they hope to achieve, though it will be interesting to see how the media coverage compares with that of rally against debt in the summer.

Still,  even though they are misguided they do have a point (as Alister Heath put it brilliantly in his column today,

bailouts helped launch the Tea Party (which wants more capitalism and fewer bailouts) as well as Occupy Wall Street (which wants less capitalism and fewer bailouts) – one on the right, the other on the left

Given that there is indeed a fair bit of overlap I’m tempted to pop along on Saturday for a bit of a chat with them.  Anyone else up for it? If so drop a comment here and we’ll see where this goes.

I doubt will be very receptive, in which case can always have a laugh then head down the pub.