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The Challenge of Liberty
Summer Seminars for Students

2014 Schedule:
College: June 16–20 (Denver, CO)
College: July 7–11 (Berkeley, CA)
High School: July 14–18 (Oakland, CA)

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Each seminar is designed as an introductory course on the principles of free-market economics and the philosophical foundations of freedom and natural rights. Each day consists of presentations by key university professors and Independent Institute research fellows, as well as smaller round-table discussions.
  • On Monday students learn about the core philosophical foundations of a free society, the rise of liberty in the West, and the elemental principles of economics.
  • On Tuesday the faculty covers such key topics as public choice theory, praxeology, the history of economic thought. Following the lead of great economists like Ludwig von Mises, we introduce students to these fundamentals and then move on to the ramifications of state interventionism—taxation, regulation, antitrust law, and socialist central planning.
  • By Thursday the teachers have struck the root of mythology surrounding so-called market failure and have moved on to illustrating the social destruction unleashed by all-too-real government failure. The state has made a mess of education, health care, the environment, and charity, and students hear market, voluntary approaches to these social issues they won’t get elsewhere.
  • On Friday we round out the week by discussing issues of pressing international importance.

See below for the curriculum for the 2014 seminars:


College Student Seminar at Denver, Colorado, June 16–20, 2014

Monday, June 16
Challenges of Liberty
Ethics and Liberty
Western Civilization and Thought
From Crusoe to Smith
Division of Labor, Free Trade
Institutions and Property Rights
Discussion

Tuesday, June 17
What is Austrian Economics
Competition and Market Process
Entrepreneurship and Firms
Praxeology
Business Cycles
Discussion

Wednesday, June 18
Regulations and Interventions
Monopoly and Antitrust
Externalities
Public Choice
Why Socialism Fails
Discussion

Thursday, June 19
Exporting Democracy
Why Humanitarian Action Fails
Economic Uncertainty
Public Healthcare
Ideology and Government Growth
Discussion

Friday, June 20
America’s Great Depression
Welfare State
Faculty Panel – Last Q&A and evaluations


College Student Seminar at Berkeley, CA, July 7–11, 2014

Monday, July 7
The Challenge of Liberty
Ethics and Liberty
Western Civilization & Thought
History of Economic Thought
The Invisible Hand
Discussion

Tuesday, July 8
Competition and Market Process
Theory of Entrepreneurship
Economic Calculation
Austrian Theory of Business Cycles
Money and Banking
Discussion                                                                        

Wednesday, July 9
Regulations and Interventionism
Taxation 
Public Choice
Antitrust and Monopoly
Globalization and Development
Immigration 

Thursday, July 10
The Total State
Ideology and Government Growth
Public Healthcare
The Welfare State
Exporting Democracy
Discussion

Friday, July 11
America’s Great Depression
Why Humanitarian Action Fails
Q&A, Evaluations


High School Seminar in Oakland, CA, July 14–18, 2014
Hosted at the Independent Institute’s Headquarters Conference Center in Oakland, CA. Lunches will be provided. While students are expected to commute to the seminar, there will be some housing available for special circumstances.

Monday, July 14
The Challenge of Liberty
Ethics and Liberty
Western Civilization and Thought
Classical Liberalism
Property Rights and Civil Liberty
Discussion  

Tuesday, July 15
Economics in One Lesson (part 1)
Economics in One Lesson (part 2)
Ideas of Liberty in the U.S. History
Who Protects the Consumer?
Discussion

Wednesday, July 16
Economic Uncertainty
Weeping for Detroit
Public Healthcare
Business Cycles
Money and Banking
Discussion

Thursday, July 17
Fraternal Societies   
Charter Cities
Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand
The Curse of Keynes
Why Socialism Fails
Discussion

Friday, July 18
Economic History of the World
The Industrial Revolution & Beyond
Disaster Relief: Private vs. Public
The Myth of American War Prosperity
The Future of Liberty
Q&A and Evaluations


For more information, please contact:

Martin Buerger
The Independent Institute
100 Swan Way
Oakland, California 94621-1428
510-632-1366 x110 (phone)
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