SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
4:00-7:00 PM Registration
LOCATION: VERSAILLES FOYER
 4:00-6:00 PM Opening of Exhibitions in the Atrium
LOCATION: MEZZANINE
6:00-10:00 PM Opening Reception & Buffet Dinner
LOCATION: BAYFRONT BALLROOM

Our Opening Reception and Dinner will provide a festive atmosphere for reconnecting with your fellow members and welcoming guests who are discovering our Society’s great history for the first time.

 

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
9:00 – 9:45 AM Members Meeting
LOCATION: TRIANON
(Members Only)

The Board of Directors of the MPS requests all Members attend to discuss and vote upon essential corporate business.

10:00 – 11:15 AM Session 1 – Economic Freedom
LOCATION: TRIANON

Several organizations with strong ties to the MPS (Heritage Foundation and Fraser Institute among them) have been pioneers in the effort to measure economic freedom.  Our session will examine areas in which countries have progressed and declined, according to these indices, and identify opportunities to use these empirical measures to advance constructive reforms.

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

Commentators:

 

Session to be chaired by Michael Walker (Fraser Institute)

 

11:30 AM–12:45 PM

 

 

Break Out A: Economic Freedom by Region
LOCATION: CHOPIN

For those who wish to delve deeper into trends in economic freedom in particular regions of the world, we offer an interactive discussion of the empirical data behind measurements of Economic Freedom and broader trends that may move scores in coming years.

 

Chair: Bobbi Herzberg (Mercatus Center)
 

Break Out B: Global Indices and their Impact
LOCATION: TRIANON

What is the impact of indices measuring Economic Freedom? How has the experience measuring economic freedom inspired additional efforts to assess other aspects of human well-being? This break-out will focus on practical uses, and how those who favor freedom could continue to profitably invest in these projects.

 

Chair: Michael Walker (Fraser Institute)
Break Out C: Young Scholars Session #1
LOCATION: BISCAYNE

Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. We begin with papers that tie back to our plenary session on Economic Freedom.

  • Ryan Murphy (Southern Methodist University)
  • Kathleen Sheehan (Creighton University)
  • Marshall Stocker (Eaton Vance Investment Managers)

 

Chair and Discussant: Robert Lawson (Southern Methodist University)

12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch Program featuring Niall Ferguson, “The Road to Snafu-dom.”
LOCATION: VERSAILLES

 

2:15 – 3:30 PM Session 2 – Rule of Law
LOCATION: TRIANON

Our Society’s Statement of Aims include “re-establishing the rule of law and of assuring its development in such manner that individuals and groups are not in a position to encroach upon the freedom of others and private rights are not allowed to become a basis of predatory power.”  Our session will identify major threats to the rule of law today, and seek ways to measure and foster progress toward an optimum rule of law that is consistent with the principles of a free society.

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

Commentator: Charles Calomiris (Columbia Business School)

 

Session to be chaired by Allan Meltzer (Carnegie Mellon University)

4:00-5:15 PM Break Out A: Extended Discussion chaired by Allan Meltzer (Carnegie Mellon University)
LOCATION: TRIANON

This break out session provides additional opportunity to engage the presenters and commentator from the previous session in questions concerning Constitutional and rule of law issues.
 

Break Out B: Young Scholars Session #2
LOCATION: CHOPIN

Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. This session presents papers related to the topic of the Rule of Law.

  • Bryan McCannon (West Virginia University)
  • Daniel D’Amico (Brown University)
  • Edward Stringham (Trinity College)

 

Chair and discussant: Douglas Ginsburg (United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit)

 

  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
9:00 – 10:00 AM Special Session featuring José Piñera on “Backsliding on the Road to Freedom – Causes and Remedies”
LOCATION: TRIANON

  • Introduction by Edward H. Crane (Purple PAC)
10:15-11:30 AM Session 3 – Welfare State and Redistributive Factions
LOCATION: TRIANON

A major threat to free society is the breakdown on restraint in the use of government.  The expansion of the welfare state to unsustainable levels has lead to a crisis of instability in some countries and created a resurgence of populism. How do we limit the ability of interest groups (or “factions,” as Madison described in Federalist 10) from using political mechanisms to redistribute benefits to themselves?

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

 

Session to be chaired by Jiri Schwarz (Anglo-American University, Czech Republic)

 

12:00 – 1:30 PM

 

Lunch Program with Edward C. Prescott, Nobel Laureate in Economics
LOCATION: VERSAILLES

2:00 – 3:15 PM Session 4 – Government Spending
LOCATION: TRIANON

Spending on health care and retirement have contributed greatly to the problem of deficit spending in the United States and other countries.  Dealing with risk, especially through insurance, led to major advances in contract theory, economics, and in the development of merchant law.  What are the major policy challenges in the area?

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

Session to be chaired by Gerald O’Driscoll (Cato Institute)

3:45-5:00 PM Break Out A: Roads for Progress in Europe
LOCATION: TRIANON

Paper presenters from our “Welfare State” and “Government Spending” plenary sessions reconvene for a focused discussion of how the excessive government might be rolled back in Europe.

Chair: Jiri Schwarz (Anglo-American University, Czech Republic)

 

Break Out B: Roads for Progress in the U.S.
LOCATION: CHOPIN

Paper presenters from our “Welfare State” and “Government Spending” plenary sessions reconvene for a focused discussion of how the excessive government might be rolled back in the United States.

Chair: Robert Poole (Reason Foundation)

 
Break Out C: Young Scholars Session #3
LOCATION: BISCAYNE

Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. This session takes up topics of Bitcoin, the progressive income tax, and the microfoundations of Austrian economics.

  • Anthony Evans (ESCP Europe Business School, United Kingdom)
  • William Luther (Kenyon College)
  • Zilvinas Silenas (Lithuanian Free Market Institute)

 

Chair and Discussant: Lawrence White (George Mason University)

 

Break Out D: Young Scholars Session #4
LOCATION: WINDSOR & SANDRINGHAM

Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. This session presents papers on post-cameralism, the goods character of voice and exit, and the effects of residential building restrictions.

  • Adam Martin (Texas Tech University)
  • Alexander Salter (Texas Tech University)
  • Jason Sorens (Dartmouth College)

 

Chair and Discussant:  Wolfgang Kasper (University of New South Wales, Australia)

6:00-8:30 PM Reception with special presentation by Jonathan Haidt (New York University) on “How Universities Became Cathedrals of Social Justice, and How to Convert Them Back into Marketplaces of Ideas.”
LOCATION: VERSAILLES FOYER

 

  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
TBD On Wednesday, all attendees are encouraged to enjoy one of our Excursion Options.  Your choices include:

 

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
9:00 – 10:15 AM Session 5 – History as the Fulcrum of Liberty
LOCATION: TRIANON

One of the aims of our Society is to discuss “methods of combating the misuse of history for the furtherance of creeds hostile to liberty.”  Our session will assess the quality of history being produced and disseminated in the academy today, explore how the history of economic thought figures into broader historical analysis, and look for inspiration in Lord Acton’s thought as a means of reinvigorating classical liberal historians.

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

Discussant: Alan Charles Kors (University of Pennsylvania)

 

Session to be chaired by Ingrid Gregg (Archbridge Institute)

10:45-12:00 PM

 

Break Out A: Hamilton and Its Challenge to Us
LOCATION: TRIANON

The Broadway musical, Hamilton, has renewed interest in one of the United States’ founding fathers among general audiences like nothing in recent memory. What can classical liberals learn from its success? How might we answer the challenge of bringing our insights and perspectives on history to new and younger audiences?

Chair:  Ingrid Gregg

 

Break Out B: Young Scholars Session #5<
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Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. This session presents papers of historical research with implications for the battle for freedom ahead.

  • Fernando Fradejas (Antonio de Nebrija University, Spain)
  • Anton Howes (Brown University)
  • Andrew Young (Texas Tech University)

 

Chair and Discussant: Peter Boettke (George Mason University)

 

Break Out C: Young Scholars Session #6
LOCATION: BISCAYNE

Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. This session’s papers related to the afternoon plenary session on the Moral Foundation of the Free Society.

  • Eszter Nova (Financial Research Institute, Hungary)
  • Keith Hankins (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • James Thrasher (Monash University, Australia)

 

Chair and Discussant:  Doug Den Uyl (Liberty Fund)

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch Program featuring Richard Epstein
LOCATION: VERSAILLES
2:00 – 3:15 PM Session 6 – Moral Foundations of the Free Society
LOCATION: TRIANON

Does a free society require common agreement on rules of behavior? What is the basis of such agreement? In this session, we will learn how the perspectives of different traditions with the MPS — including rational, scientific and religious approaches to the moral foundations of a free society – might help us find a common framework for perpetuating the virtues that allow societies to flourish.

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

 

Session to be chaired by Robert Sirico (Acton Institute)

Discussant: Hannes Gissurarson (University of Iceland)

3:15-3:45 PM Coffee & Networking
3:45-5:00 PM Special Session featuring Charles Murray (American Enterprise Institute) on “Liberalism in Peril: Inequality, Populism and their Ramifications”
LOCATION: TRIANON

 

  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
9:00 – 10:15 AM Session 7 – The Security of the Free Society
LOCATION: TRIANON

Chaired by Gabriel Calzada (Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala)

The unhindered movement of money, goods and people are essential aspects of economic freedom. But these same freedoms can be used for violent purposes by national or international aggressors. Speakers will address the threats of over-protection and under-protection of private property and personal freedoms.

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

Session to be chaired by Gabriel Calzada (Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala)

10:45-12:00 PM Break Out A: Extended Discussion chaired by Mary O’Grady (The Wall Street Journal)
LOCATION: TRIANON

In this break out session, we will explore how the principles explored in the papers might be applied in practice to current challenges to the free society, from ISIS to the War on Drugs.

 Break Our B: Young Scholars Session #7
LOCATION: CHOPIN

Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. This session presents papers relating to the Security of the Free Society.

  • Benjamin Powell (Texas Tech University)
  • Dalibor Rohac (American Enterprise Institute)

 

Chair and Discussant:   Gerald O’Driscoll (Cato Institute)

12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch Program
LOCATION: VERSAILLES

Learn about upcoming Mont Pelerin Society meetings, with special remarks by Dr. Jeffery Inchul Kim. Members will elect a slate of officers for the MPS for its upcoming two-year term.

2:15-3:30 PM Session 8 – The Battle for the Free Society in the Academy and in the World of Think Tanks
LOCATION: TRIANON

What are the major challenges and successes in the struggle for freedom within the academy and how do we begin to measure progress in them?  How do think tanks complement work in the academy and how might we foster more productive relationships between friends of freedom in these two sectors?

 

Papers to be presented by:

 

Session to be chaired by J.R. Clark (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

3:45 – 5:00 PM Break Out A: The Battle for Freedom in the Academy
LOCATION: TRIANON

The session will provide for a more in-depth discussion of the challenges confronting classical liberals in advancing our ideas within the Academy.

Chair and Discussant: Leonidas Zelmanovitz (Liberty Fund)

 

Break Out B: The Battle for Freedom at Think Tanks
LOCATION: CHOPIN

The session will provide for a more in-depth discussion of the challenges that face think tanks, and how they could be more effective in popularizing free-market ideas and related policy reforms.

Chair and Discussant: Alex Chafuen (Atlas Network)

 

Break Our C: Young Scholars Session #7
LOCATION: BISCAYNE

Our track of Young Scholars Break Outs showcases original research by scholars under the age of 40. This session will honor the 2016 winners of MPS’s long-running Hayek Essay Contest.

  • Adam Martin, “The Limits of Liberalism: Good Boundaries Must Be Discovered” (1st place)
  • Matthew Munoz, “Deontological Dickering” (2nd place)
  • Edgar Duarte, “Competition as a Discovery Procedure in the Practice of Accounting” (3rd place)
  • Mirian Breuer, “Ignorance, Competition, and Jurisdictions: How Jurisdictional Competition Can Help to Foster Learning and Discovery to Improve Public Services” (Honorable mention)

 

Chair and Discussant:  Benjamin Powell (Texas Tech University)

6:00-10:00 PM Closing Dinner with Presidential Address by Pedro Schwartz Giron
LOCATION: VERSAILLES

 

 

 

 

  SAT/SUN, SEPTEMBER 24-25
FULL DAY SATURDAY

&

HALF-DAY SUNDAY

Atlas Network convenes its annual Liberty Forum program, which is the international freedom movement’s most inspirational annual event.

  • A special presentation by Emmy Award winner John Stossel.
  • Dr. Lawrence H. White will give the 4th Annual Liggio Lecture in honor of Atlas Network’s late executive vice president (and former MPS president) Leonard Liggio.
  • Our Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival will showcase the freedom movement’s best use of video story-telling.
  • The John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition — recent graduates of Atlas Network’s most elite training program for leaders of the freedom movement will compete on stage to a win a prize named for the late John Blundell (past Atlas Network president and CEO). The audience is the judge in this fun contest that introduces you to the rising generation of freedom champions.
  • Our Liberty Forum tradition of Speed Networking — make new friends and find potential collaborators within our audience of freedom champions in a fast-paced “speed dating” format.
  • Our interactive Un-Conference offers you an opportunity to shape exciting new projects by Atlas Network partners through hands-on sessions.
  • Our State of the Freedom Movement session will give you an overview of where the global freedom movement, connected by Atlas Network, is achieving growth and having impact.