Photos from the George Mason Spiel

I want to thank the George Mason University Economics Society and the Future of Freedom Foundation for inviting me to speak yesterday at GMU. The pizza was a hit and there was a lively back-and-forth with the audience on lots of subjects.

I also want to thank Professor Thomas Rustici. He has assigned Lost Rights as a textbook for quite a few years and it was a real treat for me to meet so many students who had read that book, including several who swore they enjoyed it. 

Morgan Ashcom, a great young professional photographer (who is also a libertarian), took a series of photos at the event. I am reposting here with his permission. Check out his website he is based in the DC area and is building up a very strong porfolio.


7 Responses to Photos from the George Mason Spiel

  1. Tom Blanton November 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    I read where “lost Rights” is being used as a text for an econ course at George Mason. That’s great to know.

    When I saw your post about the thing at George Mason, I was tempted to jump in the car and go, but I had a bunch of paperwork to do – something that’s been of short supply lately. What a deal though – pizza, Bovard doing a routine with Q & A, and Brazil all for a reasonable price. That’s more fun than they let you have in Richmond.

  2. Jim November 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Tom – driving up Interstate 95 during heavy rain from Richmond to DC is about as much fun as being locked in a room and being forced to listen to 4 hours of Bush speeches to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    I don’t understand why the roads get so congested, since politicians have promised to fix ’em so many times.

    It was refreshing to see so many young folks with both the enthusiasm for liberty and a analytical grasp of the dangers of Leviathan.

  3. alpowolf November 14, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    Wow…a university where actual learning takes place. Maybe I’ve been too pessimistic lately.

  4. Jim November 14, 2008 at 11:33 pm #

    The GMU Econ department is one of the best in the country. Don Boudreaux is the chairman – and he is an outspoken champion of individual freedom – and not just free enterprise. The department stresses both Austrian economics and the Public Choice approach.

  5. Dirk W. Sabin November 17, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    What….how could this be…? Shocking, you mean there is an economics department expecting it’s students to consider, gulp…what a travesty….alternative economic paradigms? I hope they don’t start debating principles, that wastes so much time and energy…best to just study the science of stress fractures due to metal fatigue in printing presses.

    Herr, Bovard, fire up that cigar in yer pocket and put you in a set of Lederhosen and you’d look like a
    mad Bavarian Bomber

    I thought “Brazil” was being used as a training film in Washington now.

  6. Jim November 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    Yep, the GMU econ department actually teaches students about the danger of govt.

    Lederhosen? Where did that come from?

    The Bavarians I have known smoke Cubans, not Dominican cigars.

  7. Jean November 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    Hello Jim! Looks like all had a good time. I did notice that you had your trusty cigars ready and waiting to go at any moment.
    Just when is the free-market going to come up with beer that can fit so neatly in your shirt pocket. That will be the new dawn of civilization.