Lecture at Liberi Comuni d’Italia

GIOVANNI BIRINDELLI, 4.5.2014

(English translation of the lecture which took place at Liberi Comuni d’Italia – Siena, Italy, 4.5.2014)

 

Decadence manifests itself in an extremely real, concrete, tangible way: an entrepreneur committing suicide, a company closing down, a person losing a job, a family not managing to make ends meet, an olive grove being abandoned to itself. Therefore, it is instinctive and even reassuring to try to counter decadence in an equally real, concrete, action-oriented manner while, at the same time, avoiding and even making fun of philosophical chatter. However, even though the decadence we are seeing manifests itself in a very real and concrete way, its ultimate cause is purely philosophical: it consists of the abstract idea of law which, in the Italian case, has been imposed by the Constitution. Continue reading

Huerta de Soto: how to clear the public debt

GIOVANNI BIRINDELLI, 3.12.2013

(Original publication: Mises Italia, Mises Canada)

A recent editorial by Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has spurred me to illustrate a proposal to reduce the public debt put forward by Professor Huerta de Soto. Since Alesina and Giavazzi’s article is the same old statist story, discussing it would be a waste of time and space were it not for the fact that it so perfectly represents the non-thought of those statists who consider themselves and inexplicably are considered to be ‘liberals’ because they are in favour of ‘privatization’. Huerta de Soto’s proposal is not immune from criticism, but it offers an opportunity to see what it means to think in economic terms outside the intellectual boundaries imposed by political power (in other words, what it means not to be a megaphone for the regime); what it means to reason about problems in terms of their structural causes rather than their effects; and finally what it means, in this intellectual desert of the so-called “élites”, to have ideas. For these reasons, and because overall I consider it to be a good proposal (though improvable), I think it worthwhile to call attention to it and discuss it. Continue reading

“Democracy” and Law are antitethical

GIOVANNI BIRINDELLI, 30.11.2013

Speech at the conference Interlibertarians 2013, Lugano (Switzerland) – Published by Interlibertarians, Movimento Libertario

EN - Slides Interlibertarians 2013 Continue reading

Free Market, Interventionism and Private Legislation (English translation)

GIOVANNI BIRINDELLI, 7.6.2013

(Original publication: Ludwig von Mises Italia)

1. The free market and interventionism are processes, not states

Fighting for the free market without simultaneously fighting for the philosophical idea of ​​law on which the free market is based, and therefore against the philosophical idea of the law that renders interventionism possible, is a largely useless effort. Continue reading

The Private Supply of Legislation (English translation)

(GIOVANNI BIRINDELLI, text of the speech at the Interlibertarians conference – Lugano (Switzerland), 24,25-11-2012)

Good evening. I wish to thank Interlibertarians for organizing this meeting. In particular, I wish to thank Franco Bertelli, Rivo Cortonesi, Leonardo Facco, Luca Fusari and Emanuela Gini.

“How can libertarians gather consensus to influence or change the existing institutions?” My answer is: “By putting the law back on the stage”. Continue reading