The Challenge of Liberty
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
Hosted by the Independent Institute at UC Berkeley. Room and board available. Students staying on campus will have access to the university’s amenities including cafeteria, pool, athletic fields, dorm common areas and nightly events.
Monday, July 15: The Rise of Liberty
The Challenge of Liberty
Ethics and Liberty
Western Civilization and Thought
Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations
A History of Economic Thought
Tuesday, July 16: Economics Fundamentals
Competition and the Market Process
Theory of Entrepreneurship
Money and Banking
The Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle
Property Rights and Civil Liberties
Wednesday July 17: Interventionism
Regulation and Interventionism
Why Socialism Failed
The Economics of Energy Transportation
Thursday, July 18: The Nation State
Antitrust and Monopoly
Globalization and Development
Centralization and Liberty
Ideology and Government Growth
The Welfare-Warfare State
Friday, July 19: The Future of Freedom
America’s Great Depression
The Myth of War Prosperity
The Future of Liberty
*This program is operated by The Independent Institute. The University of California, Berkeley, and its Conference Services are not associated or affiliated with or endorses the Independent Institute, other than to provide a location for this program on the campus.