Beginning in 2011, these three institutions partnered to host a new project for students with a passion for developing their intellectual understanding of liberty – The Liberty Fund Symposia: Exploring the Foundations of a Free Society. In the last few years, this has enjoyed a great success in Europe.
Founded in 1960 by Indianapolis businessman and lawyer Pierre F. Goodrich, Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.
Their logo, the Amagi, is the earliest-known written appearance of the word “freedom”.
These three-day events are built around a Socratic discussion of the topic between fifteen student participants and an academic discussion leader. Over the past fifty years, scores of aspiring intellectuals have attended Liberty Fund events to discuss and debate the ideas of liberty with their brightest peers.
Application to this seminar is very competitive. The ideal candidate is eager to contribute to a lively intellectual discussion on the topic at hand. Each attendee will be required to complete a set of readings leading up to the colloquium (readings will be provided). Participation in the entire colloquium is mandatory, so do not apply unless you can attend all sessions.
Accommodation, meals, transportation, and materials will be provided by the organizers.
The Institutions of Liberty seminar seeks to address the relationship between freedom, markets, and culture in both a narrow and broad sense. While competitive markets lead to wealthier societies with superior opportunities for individuals to employ their talents and labor, questions remain for many regarding the proper cultural and moral underpinnings of markets.
Criticisms are frequently leveled against markets that they undermine familial and cultural stability by promotion of a ubiquitous individualism unmoored from any tradition or larger social order. Another key aspect of this conference will be to evaluate (through several readings by Friedrich Hayek) the proposition that free markets are not derivative of a larger political, social, legal, and cultural order, but that they act as the pillars of a free society. Markets are not parasitical, but are instead crucial to the continual advancement of individual liberty and to the overall health and stability of any society.