Mont Pelerin Society Buenos Aires 2011 Essay Contest

Introduction

In 1947, 36 scholars, mostly economists, with some historians and philosophers, were invited by Professor Friedrich Hayek to meet at Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, and discuss the state, and possible fate of classical liberalism in thinking and practice.

The group described itself as the Mont Pelerin Society, after the the first meeting took place. It emphasised that it did not intend to create an orthodoxy, to form or align itself with any political party or parties, or to conduct propaganda. Its sole objective was to facilitate the exchange of ideas between like-minded scholars in the hope of strengthening the principles and practice of a free society and to study the workings, virtues, and defects of market-oriented economic systems.

Members who include high government officials, Nobel Laureates, journalists, economic and financial experts, and legal scholars from all over the world, gather together regularly to present the most current analysis of ideas, trends and events.

On April 17 – 20, 2011, a meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society will take place in Argentina for the first time. The theme of the meeting will be “The Populist Challenge to Latin American Liberty”. For further information, please visit : http://www.mpsargentina.org/ y https://www.montpelerin.org/

Mont Pelerin Society Buenos Aires 2011 Essay Contest Details

Topic:

In 1945 Fisher read Road to Serfdom by Austrian economist F. A. Hayek which deeply influenced his thinking so much that Fisher visited Hayek that year at the London School of Economics. At that time, fisher was planning to into politics to fight against the spreading of socialism and central planning; however, Hayek persuaded him that instead of politics he should set up a think tank since they were the best medium for effecting change in society. Finally, Fisher founded the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Through Atlas, he helped establish up to 150 other think-tanks worldwide.

Analyse Hayek’s hypothesis for Argentina offering pros and cons.

Suggested readings:

– “The Intellectuals and Socialism” by F. A. von Hayek

Waging the Wars of Ideas by John Blundell

Prize Information

First Price: Grant for MPS Buenos Aires 2011* and 2 Books issued by Unión Editorial +
Second Price: 2 Books issued by Unión Editorial +
Third Price: 1 Book issued by Unión Editorial +

* Travel, hotel, food, and other expenses will be the responsibility of the attendee
+ Subject to available stock.
All essays will be published in the E-Journal Orden Espontáneo.

The Mont Pelerin Society Buenos Aires 2011 Essay Contest is open to all individuals 30 years old or younger. Entrants should write a 5,000 word (maximum) essay. Essays are due by mail on March 15, 2011 and the winners will be announced on April 4, 2011. Essays should be submitted in Spanish only. Electronic versions should be sent to: mspelta@libertad.org.ar. For further information please contact the same email address.

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