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JANUARY 15-17, 2020 HOOVER INSTITUTION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Dear Members of the Mont Pelerin Society,

A special meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society will be held at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on January 16 and 17, 2020 with a reception and dinner the evening of January 15. Plenary sessions, break-out sessions, meals, and receptions will take place in Hoover’s Traitel Building with airports and hotels nearby. The program and organizing committees have put together a terrific meeting. Please register by clicking the button above.

The theme of the meeting is “From the Past to the Future: Ideas and Actions for a Free Society.

The Mont Pelerin Society last met at the Hoover Institution in 1980, a time when free market principles were spreading around the world, and the 40th anniversary meeting will focus on learning from experience, renewing the fight for freedom, and dealing with new challenges.

The Mont Pelerin Society’s archives are located at the Hoover Institution, as are the archives of Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, who held a joint session at the 1980 meeting. The 2020 theme emphasizes learning from history, and an exhibit on the archives will be featured.

I look forward to welcoming you and your guests to the special meeting. Please also note on your calendar that the next general meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society is scheduled to be held in Oslo, Norway from September 1–5, 2020.

John B. Taylor President, Mont Pelerin Society

For more information on the Mont Pelerin Society, click here.

The Mont Pelerin Society is composed of persons who continue to see the dangers to civilized society outlined in the statement of aims. They have seen economic and political liberalism in the ascendant for a time since World War II in some countries but also its apparent decline in more recent times.

Though not necessarily sharing a common interpretation, either of causes or consequences, they see danger in the expansion of government, not least in state welfare, in the power of trade unions and business monopoly, and in the continuing threat and reality of inflation.

Again without detailed agreements, the members see the Society as an effort to interpret in modern terms the fundamental principles of economic society as expressed by those classical economists, political scientists, and philosophers who have inspired many in Europe, America and throughout the Western World.

For more information on the Mont Pelerin Society, click here.

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library and Archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.

Now more than five decades old, Herbert Hoover's 1959 statement to the Board of Trustees of Stanford University on the purpose and scope of the Hoover Institution continues to guide and define its mission in the twenty-first century:

"This Institution supports the Constitution of the United States, its Bill of Rights and its method of representative government. Both our social and economic systems are based on private enterprise from which springs initiative and ingenuity.... Ours is a system where the Federal Government should undertake no governmental, social or economic action, except where local government, or the people, cannot undertake it for themselves.... The overall mission of this Institution is, from its records, to recall the voice of experience against the making of war, and by the study of these records and their publication, to recall man's endeavors to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life. This Institution is not, and must not be, a mere library. But with these purposes as its goal, the Institution itself must constantly and dynamically point the road to peace, to personal freedom, and to the safeguards of the American system."

Herbert Hoover

The principles of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and representative government were fundamental to the vision of the Institution's founder. By collecting knowledge, generating ideas, and disseminating both, the Institution seeks to secure and safeguard peace, improve the human condition, and limit government intrusion into the lives of individuals.

To learn more about the Hoover Institution, click here.

PROGRAM

PROGRAM FOR THE JANUARY 2020 MONT PELERIN SOCIETY MEETING

As of July 2019

From the Past to the Future: Ideas and Actions for a Free Society

The meeting comes at a crucial time in history. Policies are in flux around the world. Talk about socialism and critiques of free market capitalism permeate the air, much as at the time of the first Mont Pelerin Society meeting in 1947. It is essential to reengage in a wide-ranging discussion "facilitating the exchange of views among minds inspired by certain ideals and broad conceptions held in common." The program has three parts, further divided into topics. Speakers listed here are confirmed. More will be added. Formats may change, for example, to Q&A.

Past as Prologue to the Future

Discuss what we can learn from history, what it has to say about the future.

  • Start with discussion of removing obstacles on the road to economic freedom from the start of the Mont Pelerin Society to 1980 with Jennifer Burns of Stanford University and Bruce Caldwell of Duke University.
  • Discuss the spread of free market ideas in the 1980s with Peter Boettke of George Mason University and David Henderson of the Naval Post Graduate School.
  • Then consider lessons learned from the histories for the future of freedom with Amity Shlaes of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution

Ideas

Analyze key ideas that "contribute to the preservation and improvement of the free society."

  • Examine the Rule of Law as a protector of freedom with Douglas Ginsburg, Judge on the D.C. Circuit Court, Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution, and Jesús Fernández-Villaverde of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Discuss and critique How to Deal with the Reemergence of Socialism with John Cochrane of the Hoover Institution and Lars Peder Nordbakken of Civita in Norway.
  • Then analyze Restraining Large Expansions of Government with John Cogan of the Hoover Institution, Lars Feld of the German Council of Economic Experts and the Eucken Institute, and Susan Dudley of George Washington University.

Actions for a Free Society

Debate how to Take Ideas to Action including at local governments, civil society, private sector

  • Start with central government actions with George Shultz of the Hoover Institution and Tyler Goodspeed of the Council of Economic Advisers talking about policy in practice.
  • Look at other levels of government in a federal system with Terry Anderson of the Hoover Institution and Lee Ohanian of the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Debate how to take classical liberal ideas to action around the world with Ayaan Hirsi Ali of the Hoover Institution, Russell Roberts of the Hoover Institution and Bridgett Wagner of the Heritage Foundation.
  • Then consider taking ideas to action in the private sector with talks by Joe Lonsdale of 8VC and Peter Thiel co-founder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies.

HOTEL

SHERATON PALO ALTO HOTEL 625 El Camino Real Palo Alto, California 94301

The MPS Hoover 2020 Meeting has a block of rooms at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel. To reserve your room, please use the link below. Please note that the cutoff date for booking rooms is Monday, December 16, 2019.

Rate available: 01/15/2020 to 01/18/2020
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A special meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society will be held at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on January 16 and 17, 2020 with a reception and dinner the evening of January 15. Plenary sessions, break-out sessions, meals, and receptions will take place in Hoover’s Traitel Building with airports and hotels nearby. The program and organizing committees are finalizing details. Information about registration and the program will be sent soon.

Member Pricing:

$300 on or before December 1, 2019

$400 after December 1, 2019

Member Partner/Spouse Pricing:

$400 on or before December 1, 2019

$500 after December 1, 2019

Guest Pricing:

$400 on or before December 1, 2019

$500 after December 1, 2019

Guest Partner/Spouse Pricing:

$400 on or before December 1, 2019

$500 after December 1, 2019

Non-members of the Mont Pelerin Society who want to attend the MPSHoover 2020 special meeting MUST be nominated as a guest by a current member of the Mont Pelerin Society and accepted by the organizing committee. Have a member complete the nomination form and allow 7-10 days for a response. Please register on the site only AFTER receiving an acceptance notification from the committee.

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