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Patrick and Mary Peterson

Terry and Carolyn Gannon

Quee Nelson, author, The Slightest Philosophy

Corrie Foos, co-founder, Mont Hamilton Society

G. Jeffrey & Sally K. Moore

David J. and Mary L.G. Theroux, The Independent Institute

Warren Gibson, co-founder, Mont Hamilton Society; and SJSU Economics Instructor

James Elwood, Executive Director, ISIL

Robert Mish, Mish International Monetary Inc.

George and Sandy Quinn, co-founder, Mont Hamilton Society

Agora Financial, LLC and Laissez Faire Books

The Foundation for Economic Education

Jack Mills


Cordially invite you to the

5th Annual Ludwig von Mises Birthday Celebration Dinner

An opportunity to meet old and new liberty-minded friends, hear one of the most solid yet waggish young Austrian economists, and enjoy superb food and drink in a beautiful setting.



Date:   Saturday 28 September 2013  

Time: 6 - 10 P.M.

Place:  The Silicon Valley Capital Club

50 W. San Fernando St., 17th Floor, San Jose, 95113 (Validated/free parking available in same building parking garage. It is called the Fairmont Plaza and the entrance is on San Fernando St. between Market St. and First St.")

 Directions:  Link



Featured speaker:   Robert Murphy will speak on

"Socialism, Capitalism, and Interventionism: The Importance of Ludwig von Mises"

Mises pointed to the lack of free market prices (not the lack of "incentives") as the critical stumbling block of socialism. In doing so, he enabled the world to better appreciate the functioning of a free economy, and also showed why the "third way" of piecemeal economic interventionism could not last and must also fail eventually.


Ludwig von Mises was born September 29th, 1881.    “He was the greatest economist of his generation. He was more than that. He was one of the social thinkers of our age… I never heard a word of personal bitterness or resentment from his lips… It was this powerful challenge, forcing socialists to face their central problem that once caused a Marxist economist, Oskar Lange who later became a member of the Polish Politburo, to declare in admiration that "in front of every socialist Ministry of Planning there should be a statue of Ludwig von Mises."  - Henry Hazlitt.


 "It is difficult to conceive of any person in our time who has given the world so much, yet been rewarded so little in return."  - Robert Bidinotto.


 "Mr. von Mises believed in choice. He believed that choosing among options determines all human decisions and hence the entire sphere of human action...  While man could destroy himself and civilization, he could also ascend - in a free society, i.e., a free economy - to undreamed-of  cultural, intellectual and technological heights...."  - The Wall St. Journal.


"It turns out, of course, that Mises was right." - Robert Heilbroner, best selling American socialist, writing in The New Yorker Magazine, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.




Our Master of Ceremonies:  Colleen Haight

Assistant Professor of Economics San Jose State University


Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Haight is an Associate Professor of Economics at San Jose State University. She holds a BA in French Literature from UCLA, an MBA in Finance from Notre Dame de Namur University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.


Her academic research revolves around different types of regulation and its effect on businesses and communities. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she spent many years in management in the airline and software industries before returning to school.  She also remains extremely committed to her community, and has served on the boards of directors for two mid-sized non-profits providing services for the elderly. 




Our main speaker:   Robert Murphy


Ph.D. in economics from New York University, and he has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at HillsdaleMurphy College, Visiting Scholar at New York University, Research Analyst at Laffer Associates, Chief Economist for the Institute for Energy Research,  Senior Fellow in Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, a co-sponsor of our celebration tonight, and author of their upcoming book, Economic Sense, which summarizes Mises's Human Action.


Dr. Murphy is author of the books Lessons for the Young Economist, The Politically Incorrect to the Great Depression and the New Deal, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism, Human Action Study Guide, Study Guide for Murray Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, and Study Guide to The Theory of Money & Credit by Ludwig von Mises.


His articles and reviews have appeared in such scholarly journals as The Independent Review, Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Economic Affairs, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Journal of Libertarian Studies, and Homo Oeconomicus.  His popular articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Detroit News, Washington Times, Orange County Register, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, MarketWatch, The Freeman, Buffalo News, San Jose Mercury News, Barron’s, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily. In addition, he has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network, C-SPAN, and other TV and radio networks and programs.



Evening's Agenda:

6:00 P.M. - Reception  (Capital Club Banquet Room South and adjoining balcony)

7:00 P.M. - Dinner

8:00 P.M. - Introductions, Speaker with Q & A

9:45 P.M. - Concluding remarks


Attire:    Business Casual


Event Price:  (Includes dinner, wine and cheese reception, and a special gift to all attendees)

$900 for a table of 8,

$125 for an individual,

$_______ I can't make the evening, but I support the ideas of Mises and want these events to continue with my support. 

For $125 contribution, I would like to sponsor a Student/teacher/professor to attend the celebration.



     PayPal to:  patrickpeterson@yahoo.com     or

       Send Check to:  Patrick Peterson, 3582 Sunnydale Ct., San Jose, CA  95117-2951



Information:   Questions? e-mail: patrickpeterson@yahoo.com or call: 408-505-9041


  Our venue is superb, with breathtaking views of the city, bay and surrounding mountains. 


Please join us to celebrate Ludwig von Mises and his ideas, championing a free society.

Mises Celebration is a Patrick Peterson & Associates Production.