Having previously lived in Brussels between 2002 and 2005 I have long been aware of the wide range of radical liberals in Belgium. There are many excellent people and organisations there. There is the Ludwig Von Mises Institute Europe – www.vonmisesinstitute-europe.org – the Rothbard Institute – rothbard.be – and the Institut Economique Molinari – www.institutmolinari.org – to name but a tiny fraction.
It is with this in mind that I am delighted to be speaking on 24 March 2010 to the LVSV – www.lvsvgent.be – an excellent liberal student society at the University in Gent with more than 75 years of debating history behind them.
Apart from the good food, the gracious hospitality and the elegant architecture one always finds in this part of the world, I am really looking forward to explaining to their highly motivated students that central banks, coerced fractional reserve banking and nationalised monopoly currencies have nothing to do with the free market. Instead, they are statist engines of ruinous disaster.