Invitation to the Rothbard Summer University 2009

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 21 Jun 2009 19:48:41 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

The Rothbard Institute is holding an end of summer seminar on September 10-13 in Belgium. The link is to an invitation letter. More details here.

Dear student of the Austrian School of Economics,

The long expected bursting of the global bubble is a fact. The illusion of paper created wealth is coming to an end. Millions of people are losing their jobs, businesses and careers are failing and families are fighting to keep their head above water. Most of this, as you well know, is the result of a certain way of thinking about the role of banks, the nature of money, and the tasks of government. The above quotation of Keynes gives us at least one thing for him and us to agree on: the crucial role of ideas. Wrong ideas, as is painfully apparent today, can lead to tremendous social suffering. Hence the great importance of correct theory, identifying harmful illusions and fallacies, while at the same time showing the way towards a realistic picture of freedom and prosperity.

The focus of the Rothbard Summer University is exactly this: discerning and sharing correct theory that matters. This is where we build on the tradition of Mises, Rothbard and other intellectual giants. Topics to be treated on the Rothbard Summer University include economic theory, the current crisis, philosophy of law, political theory and proposals for concrete reforms. Aside from the aim of mastering and sharing established theory, there will be room for proposals and discussion on how to further refine it. The Summer University, in the sheltered environment of the Old Abbey of Kortenberg (near Brussels), also offers time for leisure and a lot of opportunity for input from the participants.

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