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Eris Society


Eris, Jargon File
The Greek goddess of Chaos, Discord, Confusion, and Things You Know Not Of; her name was latinized to Discordia and she was worshiped by that name in Rome. Not a very friendly deity in the Classical original, she was reinvented as a more benign personification of creative anarchy starting in 1959 by the adherents of Discordianism and has since been a semi-serious subject of veneration in several "fringe" cultures, including hackerdom.


George Ayittey
Sonny Barger
Walter Block
David Boaz1997, "Competition, Cooperation and Community"
R. W. Bradford1997, "Comments on the 10th Anniversary of Liberty Magazine, conceived and founded at Eris"
Barbara Branden2000, "Ayn Rand As I Knew Her"
Stewart Brand
Peter Breggin2001, "Toxic Psychiatry"
Harry Browne1997, "On Running For President As a Libertarian"
Doug CaseyFounder, host
Esther Dyson2003
Michael R. Edelstein1997, "The Three Minute Therapy"
Michael Foudy1995, "Sincere Confessions of Well-Meaning Problem-Solving Former Statists"
Sharon Harris
Karl Hess1992, "The Key to Happiness"
Robert Higgs1996, "The Truth About America's Great Depression"
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel1997, "The Economic Impact of the Civil War: One Nation Under Big Government"
Robert LeFevre
Richard J. Maybury1992, "The Story of My Secret War in Central America"
Wendy McElroy1996, "The Impact of Pornography On Women"
Russell Means1995, "Eurocentric Male's World View Industrial Culture VS Indigenous Culture"
Adrian T. Moore2001, "California’s Electricity Crisis: Let’s Hope We’re Not Trendsetting On This One!"
Stephen Moore2001, "His book, It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Past 100 Years"
Charles Murray1997, "Recreating the Jefferson Republic"
Ron Paul1991, "The Psychology of Congress"
Durk Pearson
Robert W. Poole, Jr.2001, "Taxation in the Global Cybereconomy"
Lawrence Reed1994, "Michigan Free Market: Is It Real or Is It Sominex?"
Robert Ringer
Jim Rogers1994, "Around the World by Motorcycle"
Aaron Russo
Mary Ruwart1994, "Eris Island Revisited: What Would a Free Society Be Like?"
J. Neil Schulman1998
Butler Shaffer2004, "In My Opinion, Everything That We Know Is a Matter of Opinion"
Sandy Shaw
Michael Shermer2001, "Why People Believe in God: An Empirical Study on a Deep Question"
Mark Skousen1995, "Through A Glass Darkly: An Exposé of Paul Samuelson's Famous Economic Textbook"
Fred L. Smith1995, "Saving The Planet Without Savaging The People"
L. Neil Smith2000, "Back in the Saddle Again for the First Time"
Joan Kennedy Taylor1993, "Why Libertarians Should be Feminists"
David J. Theroux
Gordon Tullock1988, "Why I Like to Respond to Marxists"
Phil Zimmermann1994, "The War Against Pretty Good Privacy"

Websites - The Eris Society
Archived website; sections include conferences (up to 2006), Erisians (list of speakers and some attendees at the meetings) and a news wiki (hosted at
Eris is the Greek goddess of discord, whose golden apple was marked Kallisti — "to the fairest". The squabble over this apple created the jealousy that led to the Trojan War. We have adopted that name to describe a group of free thinkers who meet once a year to discuss the arts and sciences, philosophy and theology and any other subject which may lead us to the world of ideas beyond our workaday lives.

Web Pages

Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: Doug Casey - Libertarian
Includes photograph, profile and quotes
Doug Casey travels 150,000 miles a year looking for bargains. Investment bargains, that is ... In 1981, he founded the Eris Society (named after the Greek goddess of discord), a group of 'free thinkers' who discuss the arts, science, philosophy, politics, and theology from a libertarian perspective.
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Presentation to The Eris Society 2000, by L. Neil Smith, 2000
Discusses Smith's plan for prevent an extinction level event, such as the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction, including related topics such as the diffent categories of asteroids, their chemical composition and terraforming
Earlier this year, I promised Boston (Ken Royce) that I would speak to you today about how to get people back into space again (and real people into space for the first time) and why it's absolutely essential that we do it as quickly as possible. I also said it was imperative that the effort be carried out by libertarians, or at least on libertarian terms, and that I would explain the why of that, as well. I'll begin by confessing that I believe, in the words of Mr. Spock, that reaching for the stars is the "first best destiny" of humankind, and that's reason enough to do it.