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The Challenge of Liberty 2013 Summer Seminars for Students

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The Challenge of Liberty 2013 Summer Seminars for Students
July 22, 2013 8:00 am
July 26, 2013 5:00 pm
June 7, 2013
Unnamed Venue
100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA, United States


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:




Hosted at the Independent Institute’s Headquarters Conference Center in Oakland, CA. Lunches will be provided. While students are expected to commute to the seminar, there will be some housing available for special circumstances.


Monday, July 22: The Rise of Liberty
The Challenge of Liberty
Ethics and Liberty
Western Civilization and Thought
Classical Liberalism and Economics


Tuesday, July 23: Economics Fundamentals
Economics in One Lesson: Part 1
Economics in One Lesson: Part 2 
Development Economics
The Consequence of Ideas in American History
Who Protects the Consumer?


Tuesday, July 24: Power and Market
Money and Banking
Business Cycles 
Charter Cities
The Fed and the Economic Crisis
Weeping for Detroit


Thursday, July 25: Government Failure 
Fraternal Societies vs. the Welfare State
Welfare, Health Care, and the Environment
Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations
The Curse of Keynes and Modern Macroeconomics


Friday, July 26: The Future of Freedom
Economic Development and the Industrial Revolution
Labor and Unions
Disaster Relief: Public vs. Private
The Myth of War Prosperity
The Future of Liberty

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