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First speaker is
Pieter Cleppe from Belgium, representing British think tank Open Europe in Brussels. Open Europe’s goal is to turn the EU into platform for open trade rather than a Super State. If you wonder, “Is the European Union wasteful?,” you can ask the EU itself. For 20 years in a row EU auditors have refused to sign-off on their budgets. But those in European Parliament don’t care and always vote for more spending.
The Euro serves as a debt machine.
Second speaker is
Professor Péter Ákos Bod, Chairman of Economic Policy Department, Corvinus Universty, Budapest. Jump-cut at about 11:50 to Barbara Kolm, President, Hayek Institute, Vienna. She talks on secular stagnation.
The media wants to have us believe that we must take certain things as a given.
We need growth!
Flat tax great; make it flatter.
We need politicians who don’t mind not being re-elected.
Ron starts at about 17:50.
Democracy is meant to be choosing someone you trust to be a good person, not someone you trust to give you special privileges.
Australia can learn from flat tax.
Welfare and unemployment are growth areas in Australia.
Impressed with Barbara Kolm’s roadshow, but what can we as citizens do?
Our politicians don’t understand economics.
We can’t predict which Party a good politician will be a member of.
Plug for Mannkal’s
. Project Western Australia Be ready to fire intellectual bullets whenever you have the opportunity.
At about 24:40, speaker is
Benjamin Powell, Director, Free Market Institute, Texas Tech University. Powell disagrees with someone who says we shouldn’t be advocating the economic liberty ideology so much.
Three Ps are important: Price, Property rights and Profit and loss.
Financial crisis not caused by greed, because greed is always there! Oil prices don’t go down because oil companies became less greedy.
Central banks pumping more money into the system sends the wrong signal to entrepreneurs. And bailing out failures makes it worse.
In favour of flat tax, as long as it’s zero. Also favour a progressive tax of zero.
Don’t go on the Euro!
Next speaker starts at about 38:30: Christof Zeller-Zellenberg, President of Europa Institut.
Warns that he is going to say something politically incorrect.
Defends strong and healthy traditional religious families as the backbone of society.