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I Speak Today . . . Live, Online, at No Charge

Written by Gary North on March 21, 2013

Every year, the Mises Institute sponsors the Austrian Economics Research Conference. It broadcasts the main speeches online for free.

I will be delivering my speech at 5:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. It’s on this topic: “How Come We’re So Rich?”

The full details of the conference are here: http://mises.org/events/167

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5 thoughts on “I Speak Today . . . Live, Online, at No Charge

  1. I hope this talk on wealth includes $16 trillion of debt, a net present value of $222 trillion in unfunded liabilities, 50M people on food stamps and >20% unemployment. I think the title of the talk should be "How come some of us are so rich?"

    My guess is that your talk will focus on Americans being wealthier because their jobs have been shipped to Asia which in turn allows them to buy cheaper products at Walmart.

  2. John
    You're entirely wrong. I just finished watching the speech. It is about the nr.1 unanswered question in history(outside of the bible). Why did the west, as the very first, suddenly start to get wealth around 1800 and continuing. This has been an old mystery in economic history for a long time and there has been no explanation despite many many attempts.

    Recall that from the time of Jesus to around 1800 there was very little progress. Yet something happened but what?

    Gary North ends the speech by citing the one economist who has done work in this area and who is going to public a book on it on soon with her theory. Gary develops and contribute to the theory. Very exciting stuff.

  3. Yes, I recall seeing a graph at a FEE seminar that shows global wealth over the last thousand years. The line is flat until the first industrial revolution, then the line takes an exponential upturn. The conclusion to draw is that poverty was man's natural state until sometime in the early 1800s. Consequently the question to ask is not why people are poor, but why are we so rich? Great topic Dr. North

  4. bjjackson says:

    Can't wait to hear the recording of this.

  5. Well, your guess would be wrong, so we'll expect your apology.

    Dr. North is considering a question that has occupied scholars for a long time: why, starting around the year 1800, did we begin to see compound economic growth, 2-3% a year? There is no really satisfactory explanation. He considered some of the theories that have been offered, and then defended his own.

    Seriously, can you at least try to be polite?