On Friday 3 May, we were delighted to welcome Max Rangeley as our guest speaker. Max spoke to the Oxford Libertarian Society on the topic of Austrian economics, blockchain technology and the future of free trade and technology post-Brexit.
Max has kindly allowed the Society to distribute his presentation to its members; this can be viewed here. In his talk, Max also referenced an essay to the Mont Pelerin Society he wrote on blockchain and the literature surrounding it; this essay can be viewed here. Finally, Max also recommended the Springer textbook, Banking and Monetary Policy from the Perspective of Austrian Economics.
Max is a board member of the Initiative for Free Trade and the Ludwig von Mises Institute; he is also the editor of the Cobden Centre. Max is the CEO of ReboundTAG, which sells microchip lost luggage tags that are now used by large multinational firms including Lufthansa.
In April 2016, Max presented the closing address at the Blockchain Summit in the European Parliament, which was organised by the Cobden Centre and included attendees from the World Bank, IMF, Europol, Microsoft and Nasdaq.
If you believe in maximum freedom and minimum government, do not miss the highlight of the 2016/17 academic year. Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is coming to Oxford to talk about the promising future of city states.
Maps of the world typically show it divided into solid blocks of colour, marking sovereign territorial states. Most of our history is about how those states appeared and evolved while our economic and political analysis takes this picture of the world as its starting point.
However it is an ever less accurate picture of the actual social and economic world that we inhabit. Rather we are increasingly living in a world of city regions, which are the real basic units of the world society and economy. Our political institutions however do not reflect this.
Might we be moving to a world of city states, in which Hong Kong and Singapore are the models of the future? In addition we think that there was an inevitable historical trend to territorial states, whether nation states or empires. In fact the city state and league of city states have been important rival ways of organising political life in many times and places. This may soon be true again.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a wine reception.
TIME: Tuesday May 16th, 6pm LOCATION: Lincoln College, the Oakeshott Room
About our speaker: Dr Steve Davies is Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).
Many thanks to Geoffrey Neale, ex-Chairman of the U.S. Libertarian Party, for coming to meet us on January, 25th.
The third largest political party in the U.S., it was founded in 1971 as a response to the Vietnam War, conscription, and the end of the gold standard. After resigning as an LP Chairman, Geoff inspired the foundation of the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties. In 2016, he took part in Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign which became the most successful LP electoral campaign to date.
At King’s Arms, Geoff enjoyed discussing British and American politics over a pint — we did too!
The video of Professor Chandran Kukathas’ lecture “Libertarianism: A Sceptical Critique and a Marxist Reconstruction” (more information about the event) delivered on 26 February 2013 in Christ Church, Oxford is now available online.