• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:13    |    
    The Intellectual Portrait series
    • Introducing Anthony de Jasay
    • Academic education
    • Published books
  • 04:32    |    
    A conversation with Anthony de Jasay and Hartmut Kliemt
  • 04:43    |    
    University of Oxford
  • 06:55    |    
    Motivations for criticism towards John Maynard Keynes theories
  • 08:54    |    
    Transition to philosophy and economics
    • State's intervention
    • Opposition to the regime
    • , Anthony de Jasay (1985)
  • 13:42    |    
    Minimal state and discretionary power
  • Power over and above
  • 16:08    |    
    Government and individuals
  • Unitary actor
  • 18:36    |    
    : Its scope in the academic world
  • James M. Buchanan
  • 20:18    |    
    Criticism of contractarianism
  • 23:27    |    
    Contractarianism: A dangerous doctrine
  • Logic trap
  • 26:29    |    
    Role of the political philosopher
  • 27:36    |    
    Poland against France's government in the 1980s
  • 31:00    |    
    Constitutional limits and government
    • Unjustified faith in constitutions
    • Irrelevance of constitutions
    • Balance of power
    • Special conditions of North America
    • Positive sum and zero sum
  • 36:26    |    
    Do you consider yourself an anarchist or a reluctant archist?
  • Is it possible that the state is a necessary evil?
  • 38:23    |    
    Democratic government's growth
  • Collective choice against individual choice
  • 43:26    |    
    Private contract enforcement
    • Simultaneous transactions
    • Not simultaneous transactions
    • Power of information and mutual aid
    • Cheaters and game theory
  • 51:56    |    
    Social insurance and transactions costs
  • 55:24    |    
    State provision against private provision
  • 59:06    |    
    Return of the free rider
  • Mechanisms and motivations
  • 01:04:57    |    
    Definition of liberty
  • 01:06:35    |    
    Final words
  • 01:07:12    |    
    Final credits

A Conversation with Anthony de Jasay

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As part of The Intellectual Portrait Series, political philosopher and economist Anthony de Jasay converses with Dr. Hartmut Kliemt, as this presentation sets back to the fears and job-seeking obstacles that forced him to flee his country Hungary, and to the later years when he earned a degree in economics. His understanding of this science has allowed him to write several books regarding related topics, such as power, politics, government, and individuals, among others, while stating that economics teaches people to think and to have an alertness of mind.

De Jasay presents his view on social contracts, referring to it as the opium of the people, and explains how individuals fall into the trap of believing in the need and voluntary acceptance of the state's intervention to rule over them. The dialogue furthers on his accumulation of experiences and knowledge, as they discuss his academic works and his analysis on the idea of limited and minimal government, making evident his conviction in balance of power, spontaneous enforcement and free will.


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín