Property and Freedom Society

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Property and Freedom Society
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The Property and Freedom Society (PFS) is an anarcho-capitalist political organization located in Bodrum, Turkey. Founded in May 2006 by the academic Hans-Hermann Hoppe, PFS presents itself as a more radically right-libertarian alternative to the free-market Mont Pelerin Society.[third-party source needed]

The PFS holds annual conferences where paleolibertarian and paleoconservative intellectuals deliver speeches and exchange ideas in what Hoppe suggests is a "political correctness–free zone".[third-party source needed] Leading figures of the European New Right and the American alt-right have attended.[1] The group has garnered controversy for including speakers such as the white supremacists Jared Taylor and Richard Spencer and the eugenicist Richard Lynn.[2][3][4][5][6]

History and mission[edit]

PFS conferences include members of the former John Randolph Club along with "new advocates of stateless libertarianism and racial secession", in the words of the academic Quinn Slobodian.[7] According to the society, it promotes free trade, peace, and the right to "discriminate against anyone in one's personal and business relations".[2]

Hoppe, the founder, is a Rothbardian political theorist and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Business School.[third-party source needed] On the fifth anniversary of PFS, Hoppe reflected on its goals: "On the one hand, positively, it was to explain and elucidate the legal, economic, cognitive and cultural requirements and features of a free, state-less natural order. On the other hand, negatively, it was to unmask the State and showcase it for what it really is: an institution run by gangs of murderers, plunderers, and thieves, surrounded by willing executioners, propagandists, sycophants, crooks, liars, clowns, charlatans, dupes and useful idiots – an institution that dirties and taints everything it touches."[8]

In a 2017 speech titled "Libertarianism and the Alt-Right", Hoppe asserted that "highly restrictive, highly selective and discriminating immigration" was "highly compatible with libertarianism and its desideratum of freedom of association and opposition to forced integration".[9]

Leading figures of the European New Right and the American alt-right hosted by the conference have included Paul Gottfried, Thomas DiLorenzo, Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Tomislav Sunić, Spencer, Lynn, and Taylor.[1][9]


Conferences have been held annually since 2005, in Bodrum, Turkey.[7] At the conferences, "prophets of racial and social breakdown share the stage with investment advisors and financial consultants", Slobodian wrote in 2023.[7]

The PFS annual meeting explicitly aims to promote discrimination as logical choice. In addition to the formal proceedings of the conferences, there are integrated activities such as a boat trip into the Aegean Sea, excursions to local fishing villages, and firework displays followed by gala nights.[10][self-published source?]

Allegations of racism[edit]

PFS has garnered controversy for including speakers such as the white supremacists Jared Taylor and Richard Spencer[3] and the eugenicist academic Richard Lynn.[6][2] A May 11, 2007, Las Vegas Review-Journal article about the PFS noted that Lynn has described black people as "more psychopathic than whites".[2] Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described the 2007 conference as a "serious academic racist event".[2] A 2013 Anti-Defamation League report about "increased cooperation" between European and American racists cited Taylor's speech at the 2013 PFS conference titled "A Brief History of US Race Relations".[3]

Describing the PFS, the SPLC said in 2016 that "in Hoppe one can see the connection between the ultra-Libertarians and white nationalists".[4] Intelligencer in 2017 described the annual PFS meeting as "Davos, but for racists".[5]


  1. ^ a b Wasserman, Janek (2019-09-24). The Marginal Revolutionaries. Yale University Press. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-300-24917-0.
  2. ^ a b c d e Mower, Lawrence (May 11, 2007). "Researchers tied to hate groups get invitations." Las Vegas Review-Journal
  3. ^ a b c "Racists in Europe and the United States Increase Cooperation | ADL". Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  4. ^ a b "PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Address White Nationalist-Friendly "Property and Freedom Society" Conference in September". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  5. ^ a b Read, Simon Van Zuylen-Wood, Noreen Malone, Max (2017-04-30). "Beyond Alt: Understanding the New Far Right". Intelligencer. Retrieved 2023-08-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b Ganz, John (2021-10-28). "Perspective | Libertarians have more in common with the alt-right than they want you to think". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2023-08-07.
  7. ^ a b c Slobodian, Quinn (2023). Crack-up capitalism: market radicals and the dream of a world without democracy (first ed.). New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 978-1-250-75390-8.
  8. ^ Hoppe, Hans Hermann. "The Property And Freedom Society – Reflections After Five Years". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b Hermansson, Patrik; Lawrence, David; Mulhall, Joe; Murdoch, Simon (2020). The International Alt-Right: Fascism for the 21st Century?. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780429627095.
  10. ^ The Backbencher (14 October 2015). "The Club Med of Libertarian Conferences".