The Challenge of Liberty
2013 Summer Seminars for Students
Each seminar is designed as an introductory course on the principles of free-market economics and the philosophical foundations of freedom and natural rights. Each day consists of presentations by key university professors and Independent Institute research fellows, as well as smaller round-table discussions.
- On Monday students learn about the core philosophical foundations of a free society, the rise of liberty in the West, and the elemental principles of economics.
- On Tuesday the faculty covers such key topics as public choice theory, praxeology, the history of economic thought. Following the lead of great economists like Ludwig von Mises, we introduce students to these fundamentals and then move on to the ramifications of state interventionism—taxation, regulation, antitrust law, and socialist central planning.
- By Thursday the teachers have struck the root of mythology surrounding so-called market failure and have moved on to illustrating the social destruction unleashed by all-too-real government failure. The state has made a mess of education, health care, the environment, and charity, and students hear market, voluntary approaches to these social issues they won’t get elsewhere.
- On Friday we round out the week by discussing issues of pressing international importance.
Preliminary curriculum and other details for each seminar are available:
- College Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 17-21, 2013
- College Seminar in Berkeley, California, July 15–19, 2013
- High School Seminar in Oakland, California, July 22–26, 2013
Classes are hosted at the Penrose House. Room, board, and daily local transportation to and from the seminar are available.
Monday, June 17: The Rise of Liberty
The Challenge of Liberty
Ethics and Liberty
Western Civilization and Thought
From Crusoe to Smith
Institutions and Property Rights
Division of Labor, Comparative Advantage, and Free Trade
Tuesday, June 18: Economics Fundamentals
Competition and the Market Process
The Firm and Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, June 19: Interventionism
Regulation and Interventionism
Monopoly and Antitrust
Money and Banking
The Economic Crisis of 2008
Planned Chaos: Why Socialism Failed
Thursday, June 20: Government Failure in the Modern World
Education and the State
Ideology and Government Growth
The Welfare State
Totalitarianism and Lawlessness
Friday, June 21: The Future of Freedom
America’s Great Depression
The Myth of War Prosperity
The Future of Liberty