We had a great time on Monday evening at FFF’s Economic Liberty Lecture Series, which we sponsor in conjunction with the George Mason University Econ Society, a student-run group whose members are mostly libertarians and advocates of Austrian economics.
Sheldon delivered a great, informative, and provocative talk to about 75 attendees, mostly students, entitled “Capitalism vs. the Free Market.” In his lecture, Sheldon questioned the use of the world “capitalism” to describe a genuinely free market, i.e., a market that is free of government control or regulation.
After the talk, we adjourned to Brion’s Grill, where we were joined by noted economics professor Walter Williams, the Cato Institute’s Dan Mitchell, and FFF policy advisor Jim Bovard and a big bunch of students and others. Everyone had a great time discussing Sheldon’s talk, politics, libertarianism, and economics. There were actually lots of the world’s problems that got solved!
Attending Sheldon’s were GMU economics professors Larry White and Bryan Caplan. Bryan posted an interesting blog on Sheldon’s talk at Liberty Fund’s website, which has produced lots of interesting comments. You might enjoy reading Bryan’s blog and the comments here: http://tinyurl.com/yfsqjzz
A special thanks to all the donors of The Future of Freedom Foundation, including the couple who sent us an extra donation to cover the price of the free pizza we served to everyone at Sheldon’s talk. It’s your financial support that enables us to advance liberty with programs such as this. By the way, at Sheldon’s talk we gave away lots of copies of our new booklet “Economic Liberty and the Constitution” by Jacob G. Hornberger.
If you would like to make a (tax-deductible) donation to help us with our work, please go to www.fff.org.
The next Economic Liberty Lecture will be held on Monday, April 5, and will feature Richard M. Ebeling, whose talk is entitled “America’s New Road to Serfdom — and the Continuing Relevance of Austrian Economics.” We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it the talk will be streamed live and we’ll also be later posting it online.