Free Market Road Show to visit IU Bloomington

Opinion leaders from the worlds of academia, business and journalism will make the case for free-market economics next week when the Austrian Economics Center brings its Free Market Road Show to Indiana University Bloomington.

The road show, “Learning Lessons on the Road to Serfdom: From Austria to America,” will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. Hosted by the IU Bloomington student chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, it will include panel discussions on “Freedom and Responsibility” and “The Role of the State and the American Dream.”

Austrian-British economist Friedrich Hayek wrote "The Road to Serfdom," a major influence on advocates of free-market economics.

Austrian-British economist Friedrich Hayek wrote “The Road to Serfdom,” a major influence on advocates of free-market economics.

Bloomington is one of cities on the organization’s current U.S. tour, along with Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, New York and Miami.

“Young Americans for Liberty is excited to host representatives from the renowned Austrian Economics Center who will speak on the role of government in the American Dream and whether freedom of action can be justified in this modern age,” said Andrew May, finance director for IU Young Americans for Liberty and campus coordinator for Students for Liberty, another group supporting the event.

“We encourage students, staff and community members to drop in for the panels to hear perspectives on U.S. positions as seen by European political scientists, journalists, and economists,” May said.

Panelists for the IU Bloomington event will include:

  • Terry Anker, chairman of the Anker Consulting Group Inc. in Carmel, Ind., and an owner of or investor in several other Indiana businesses.
  • Federico Fernandez, senior fellow at the Austrian Economics Center and president of Fundacion Bases in Rosario, Argentina.
  • Hannes Gissurarson, professor of political science at the University of Iceland and a frequent commentator on economic and political affairs for Icelandic media.
  • Barbara Kolm, director of the Austrian Economics Center, president of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute, and president of the European Center for Economic Growth.
  • Karl-Peter Schwarz, a journalist currently with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Germany and formerly the editor-in-chief of Die Presse in Austria.

The Austrian Economics Center, based in Vienna, Austria, is an independent research institute committed to disseminating the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics, including the work of influential 20th century economics such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek.


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