Co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc., this program is an intellectually demanding and stimulating weekend colloquium that explores the foundations of liberty in a mixture of graduate-level text-based, guided Socratic discussion and lecture sessions. This colloquium is for Acton alumni who are currently enrolled or have recently completed graduate level work.
This colloquium on Capitalism, Free Trade, and Globalization will examine the related subjects of free trade and globalization, with particular emphasis on the interrelated institutions of capitalism and morality. We will examine works such as Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, Frederic Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms, Martin Wolf’s Why Globalization Works, and others. The first part of this colloquium will focus on the classic economic and political rationales for the policies of free trade and protectionism. The second part will explore the relationship between the institutions of capitalism, morality, and globalization.
- This colloquium will consist of 2 lecture sessions and 6 guided Socratic discussion sessions.
- The discussion sessions are text-based and so selected participants are required to prepare appropriately and participate fully in all sessions.
- Readings will be provided to all accepted participants.
- This colloquium is for Acton alumni who are currently enrolled or have recently completed graduate level work.