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Who here speaks Spanish?

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I. Ryan Posted: Tue, Jun 15 2010 10:52 AM

I'm trying to learn Spanish. Why I'm posting this is because I'm looking for good sources of audio. I've found a few; but I need more. I don't want to listen to boring stuff: I don't want to watch television, I don't want to watch the news, I don't want to watch movies, et cetera. I'm looking to listen to things that I'd be interested in whether I were listening in English, Spanish, or whatever. One of my interests is Austrian Economics, of course; so I'm wondering whether any collections of lectures exist or anything. If I could find something like with their large collection of interesting lectures but in Spanish instead of English, that would be perfect. This is a perfect example of the sort of thing that I'm looking for.

Plus, if anyone can enumerate the important economists who wrote in Spanish or write in Spanish, that would be great. Huerta de Soto basically is the only one that I know of. He's the only comtemporary one that I know of. Otherwise, I've heard "School of Salamanca" many times; but I don't know anything about them besides that many of the Austrian economists consider them as one of the forerunners of the Austrian school or something and that they wrote a few hundred years ago. But of course I want to know Spanish well before I try to read writing from a few hundred years ago.

Plus it'd also be helpful if someone were to comment on the situation of economics in the Spanish speaking world. How strong's the Austrian School? How popular's Huerta de Soto? What's the "mainstream" like? Is there anything comparable to the Ludwig von Mises Institute? Et cetera.

If I wrote it more than a few weeks ago, I probably hate it by now.

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DanielMuff replied on Tue, Jun 15 2010 11:56 AM

To paraphrase Marc Faber: We're all doomed, but that doesn't mean that we can't make money in the process.
Rabbi Lapin: "Let's make bricks!"
Stephan Kinsella: "Say you and I both want to make a German chocolate cake."

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Artur replied on Wed, Jun 16 2010 10:19 AM

I do speak Spanish, but I can't help you much because almost all the information I consume about Austrian Economics is in English. I would suggest Huerta de Soto's material but you already thought of that.

How popular's Huerta de Soto? Honestly, I'd never heard of him before being interested in Austrian Economics, but I was not very interested in any kind of economics before.

The mainstream is very keynessian, with some monetarist influential economist, as with Xavier Sala-i-Martin, who is specially influential in Catalonia, don't know about other areas.

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Artur replied on Wed, Jun 16 2010 10:24 AM

I forgot to add that you may find texts, but don't know about videos or audio, in

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I fear that what little I know of economics is in English, so when I read even something relatively easy in Spanish my mind gets a bit woozy. Who knows though, maybe you'll fare better trying to read Human Action in spanish?

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ivanfoofoo replied on Wed, Jun 16 2010 11:37 AM

I'm from Argentina. Here's a link with some videos (most of them of Huerta de Soto's classes in Spain):

Here in my country the Austrian School is quite absent, but there are some exceptions. Once a year there is a seminar of Austrian Economics which takes place in Rosario (sponsored by the UCA, Universidad Catolica Argentina, I think). There is also an university called ESEADE which has some Austrian teaching. There is a foundation called Fundacion Hayek, and a new little growing political party called Partido Liberal Libertario. There is also a quite famous economist/political commentator who has a strong Austrian background (Roberto Cachanosky) who has a brother and his son (Carlos and Nicolas).

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