The late John Blundell served briefly on our MPS 2016 Programs Committee when our planning got underway in 2013 and 2014.  One wish of John’s was to revive an experiment he tried when organizing MPS 2002 in London.  That is: off-program “Sponsored Breakfasts,” hosted by organizations with missions that complement that of the MPS.  


We are delighted that several free-market organizations have stepped up to answer this call, and we are confident you will enjoy these extra sessions before the main academic program gets underway each day at MPS.  Please note that these events will be entirely run by the hosting organizations, so please follow the specific instructions for each breakfast that you wish to attend, bearing in mind constraints imposed by limited seating and limited budgets!  


After attending a Sponsored Breakfast, please make your way quickly to the main sessions which will begin promptly each morning at 9:00 a.m.  The schedule of optional Sponsored Breakfasts follows:


Monday, Sept. 19 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with the Charles Koch Foundation

Please join Debi Ghate, CKF’s Director of Academic Investments, for breakfast and to learn more about the Foundation’s work and support for higher education. Debi will be at the full Mont Pelerin conference this year and looks forward to meeting with those who would like to learn more about the Foundation’s resources.


RSVP: Suzanne.schaefer@charleskochfoundation.org


Monday, Sept. 19 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Pathways to Sound Money: Rules, Coordination or Monetary Competition? presented by Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project. Most economists would agree that our monetary system is broken, and yet nobody can seem to agree on how to fix it. Should central banks decide on and follow an optimal monetary policy rule? Should central bankers coordinate with their colleagues abroad?  Is currency competition the answer to our monetary woes?  Are we even asking the right questions?


Speakers: Charles Calomiris, Columbia University; Jerry Jordan, Sound Money Project and Former President of the Cleveland Fed; Gerald O’Driscoll, Cato Institute and Former Vice-President of the Dallas Fed


Moderator: William Luther, Sound Money Project and Kenyon College


RSVP: johannes.schmidt@atlasnetwork.org


Tuesday, Sept. 20 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare presented by Free to Choose Network.  Start Tuesday morning with a sneak preview of the new documentary, Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare, followed by a panel discussion on an expansion of the welfare state here in the United States, courtesy of government recruitment!  Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers, authors of the book, The Human Cost of Welfare, relate how the American federal government is growing the welfare state, and who benefits from such an expansion (hint:  it’s not the welfare recipient or the taxpayer).  Their book, meticulously researched over 20 years (since the 1996 welfare reforms) touches on a variety of topics, but makes clear that welfare in America, while borne from good intentions, actually harms those it was intended to help.  The companion documentary film by Free To Choose Network will air on public television stations across the U.S.. later this fall. The book and film should give pause to anyone thinking of growing the welfare state in any way.

Seating is limited.  Book-signing immediately follows the breakfast and discussion.


RSVP: RSVPWelfare@freetochoosenetwork.org or 814-833-7140


Tuesday, Sept. 20 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Triumph!  The Feds Start Measuring Hayek’s Triangle — Why This is a Major Breakthrough in Supply-Side Austrian Economics presented by Mark Skousen, Presidential Professor, Chapman University.  In April 2014, the US government began publishing Gross Output (GO) on a quarterly basis along with GDP.  GO is the first major macro statistic to be published quarterly since GDP was invented in the 1940s.  It measures spending at all stages of production (Hayek’s triangle) and can be viewed as the “top line” in national income accounting, complementing GDP as the “bottom line” (final output or value added).   Professor Mark Skousen has long advocated GO as a vital macroeconomic tool (see his book “The Structure of Production”) and will give his latest analysis of GO data and why he considers this new statistic the greatest triumph in supply-side Austrian economics since Hayek won the Nobel prize in 1974.  


RSVP:  Mark Skousen mskousen@chapman.edu.


Tuesday, Sept. 20 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

The earthquake in higher education has begun!

Are you scared or excited?

Everywhere university administrators and trustees are starting to panic before the implacable advance of internet-enabled technology. The breakdown of the modern university system is underway. Gabriel Calzada will talk about the tremendous opportunities that this situation is opening up to promote an understanding of the relationship between liberty, prosperity, and human dignity, as well as the experiments underway at Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

Gabriel Calzada is president of Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) in Guatemala, the only university in the world explicitly founded to teach the principles of a free society. He is also president of OMMA in Madrid, an innovative online master program that uses Austrian economics to analyze financial markets.


RSVP: Lisa Hazlett Roberts lisa@ufm.edu



Thursday, Sept. 22 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Getting Latinos to Embrace the Free Society, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, presented by the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER.org).  While some Latin American countries are moving to centrist policies, the US Latino population remains stuck with paternalistic views. Short presentations will focus on: is the climate for freedom improving in Latin America? Can Latin American progress influence Latinos in the US? Current efforts to reach Latinos with the freedom message. Confirmed speakers include: Rocío Guijarro (Venezuela); Margaret Tse (Brazil); Bertha Pantoja (México); Michael Miller (Acton Institute, USA) and Luis H. Ball (PanamPost, USA).

RSVP: registros@hacer.org


Thursday, Sept. 22 7:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

ARI in Action

Please join the Ayn Rand Institute for breakfast and discussion of the conference theme, “The Battle for Freedom: Where We Stand, Roads for Progress.”

Executive Director, Yaron Brook, will briefly update attendees on progress ARI has made in the past two years, highlighting five new Objectivist books that contribute to the battle for freedom.

Later on Thursday, in Session 6, Yaron will be presenting on why there exists a deep philosophical tension between religion and liberty. During the breakfast, two ARI Board members, Harry Binswanger and Tara Smith, and an ARI senior fellow, Onkar Ghate, will discuss the wider importance of this issue and of some of its manifestations, including how religious exemptions undermine law and how biblical ethics is at odds with the American spirit of individualism.


RSVP: Tsvetelin Tsonevski ttsonevski@aynrand.org


Friday, Sept. 23 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Power to be Free: America in Retreat? presented by Free to Choose Network.  When we assumed the PAX, we assumed responsibility for global order, but for how long? Just how deeply entangled should America be in the world’s affairs? What alternatives are there to being the world’s policemen? Is there really a downside to retreat? And in our absence, how might global order be maintained – or decimated?  Join Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at Wall Street Journal and author of America In Retreat and Bob Chitester, executive producer of Power to be Free, the first of America In Retreat’s three-part series releasing to public television stations early next year, for a sneak preview of the new documentary and a discussion of the questions facing a nation leaning back toward isolationism.

Seating is limited. Book-signing immediately follows the breakfast and discussion.


RSVP: RSVPMilitary@freetochoosenetwork.org or 814-833-7140


Friday, Sept. 23 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Religious Liberty:  The last, best defense against government power or the crazy uncle of the liberty family?


Over a delicious breakfast, Bill Mumma, President of Becket Fund (and former Wall Street CEO) and Montse Alvarado, Director of Strategy at Becket (and rising star in the liberty world) will reveal the secrets behind Becket’s amazing string of U.S. Supreme Court victories!  Hint: Becket’s defense of religious liberty is unique – philosophically coherent and consistent with libertarian and Hayekian principles.


Becket’s work is about action!  Precedent-setting litigation.  Amazing success in managing the elite media.  Impressive work at the United States’ top law schools.  You will be entertained to the limit a civilized breakfast permits!


RSVP: Julie Riggs jriggs@becketfund.org