An examination of capitalism from moral and philosophical perspectives, raising questions about the proper interplay of business and government in a free-enterprise system. Designed for students who are familiar with classical liberal principles and interested in the ethical foundations of free markets.
Morality, Capitalism & Freedom
The Morality, Capitalism & Freedom seminar is a week of intellectual exchange between faculty and participants. All lectures include a Q&A session, and we'll close each day with small group discussion of the preceding lectures. Topics from past seminars are included in the following schedule:
Breakfast - The discussion always gets going early. Join the faculty, staff, and your fellow participants to discuss ideas from the previous day, look ahead to upcoming lectures, or whatever topics happen to arise.
Rights & Capitalism - Explore the philosophical basis for individual rights and capitalism. Get to know Nozick, Locke, Rand, and many other great thinkers. Discuss their ideas with the faculty and your fellow participants.
The Economics of Boom & Bust - The Dow Jones breaks records for both gains and losses. Record profits and corporate bailouts make the news. We'll go beyond today's headlines to gain a greater understanding of the economics that drive such changes.
Lunch - Grab lunch with the group before heading off to free time.
Free time - Afternoon free time gives everyone a change to think about new ideas, enjoy fun activities with fellow participants, or catch up on sleep!*
The Industrial Revolution - What events brought about the Industrial Revolution? How did it impact the working class? Learn about the events leading up to the Revolution and how its impact is still felt today.
Dinner - Chat with the faculty about their earlier lectures. Refuel for one more lecture and an intense evening of discussion.
Capitalism and the Poor - How does capitalism impact the poor? We'll take a historical look at how free institutions have addressed the issue. Furthermore, we'll examine common criticisms of capitalism as it relates to poverty throughout the world.
Small group - Each night ends with a small group discussion of the day's sessions.
Evening Social - Enjoy free refreshments while you interact with other seminar participants, faculty, and staff.
*Seminar participants will also have a free afternoon to take a break or visit nearby points of interest.