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  • The Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) is an international organization composed of economists (including eight winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), philosophers, historians, intellectuals, business leaders and others committed to their understanding of personal and political freedom. Its founders included Friedrich Hayek, Frank Knight, Karl Popper, Ludwig von Mises, George Stigler, and Milton Friedman. The society advocates freedom of expression, free market economic policies, the political values of an open society. Though its foundations and emphasis lie in classical liberalism, Marxist social theorist David Harvey credited MPS with spreading neoliberalism.

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    MPS | The Mont Pelerin Society
    Sections include: board of directors, past presidents, notable members, F. A. Hayek page, past meetings (recent ones with links to papers presented), Hayek Essay contest (including winners and essays) and links to videos about Hayek and Milton Friedman

    History

    The Mont Pelerin Society's 50th Anniversary: The Society Helps Keep Alight the Lamp of Classical Liberalism, by Greg Kaza, The Freeman, Jun 1997
    Historical and anecdotal essay about the founding of the Mont Pelerin Society and its first meeting
    "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Mont Pelerin Society, one of this century's most important groups of free-market intellectuals. The world was a quite different place when 36 free-market thinkers gathered in April 1947 at the Hotel Park at Mont Pelerin, near Vevey, Switzerland. ... It was against this backdrop of events that Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek organized the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society."

    Members

    Manuel F. AyauPresident, 1978-80
    John A. BadenMember
    Peter T. BauerMember
    Gary S. BeckerPresident, 1990-92
    James T. BennettMember
    Peter J. BoettkePresident, 2016-
    James M. BuchananPresident, 1984-86
    Alejandro A. ChafuenMember
    Edward H. Crane IIIMember
    Milton FriedmanPresident, 1970-72
    Friedrich A. HayekFounder; President, 1947-61
    Leonard P. LiggioPresident, 2002-2004
    John R. Lott, Jr.Member
    Ludwig von MisesFounding member
    Felix M. MorleyFounding member
    Wilhelm RöpkePresident, 1961-62
    Rev. Robert A. SiricoMember
    Mark SkousenMember
    Vernon L. SmithMember
    George J. StiglerPresident, 1976-78

    Articles

    I Resign From the Mont Pelerin Society, by Paul Craig Roberts, 21 Aug 2008
    Explains Roberts' rationale for resigning from the Society
    "I have come to the conclusion that the Mont Pelerin Society is no longer an effective force for freedom, becoming instead another tool in behalf of US hegemony, ringing Russia with US military bases and puppet governments in the name of 'supporting democracy.' ... I do not want to be associated with an organization that is a front for American hegemony and wars based on propaganda, lies, and deceit."
    Related Topics: George W. Bush, War
    Best of Both Worlds: Milton Friedman reminisces about his career as an economist and his lifetime "avocation" as a spokesman for freedom, by Brian Doherty, Reason, Jun 1995
    Topics discussed include: the new Congress, flat taxes, the withholding tax, the people who influenced him, what led him to write about policy issues, libertarianism and how his political views have changed over the years
    "The Mont Pelerin Society was people who were deeply concerned about issues. It was people with whom you shared a basic common belief, who at home were isolated. Its great contribution was that it provided a week when people like that could get together and open their hearts and minds and not have to worry about whether somebody was going to stick a knife in their back—especially for people in countries where they were isolated."
    Liberty Defined, by Floyd A. 'Baldy' Harper, 4 Sep 1957
    Speech to the Mont Pelerin Society; Harper first offers his definition of liberty, then explores "adulterated" definitions, its relation to morals, moral law and basic humans rights, ending with his hope for the cause of liberty
    "Were a stranger to observe the nature of the Mont Pelerin Society and note its convening for this decennial occasion, would he not be surprised to find us devoting an entire session to the meaning of liberty — the word perhaps more basic than any other to the original purpose of the Society? Might he not expect this to have been a matter resolved with essentially unanimous agreement at the outset of our Societal association together?"
    Ludwig von Mises: Scholar, Creator, Hero [PDF], by Murray N. Rothbard, 1988
    Partial contents: The Young Scholar - The Theory of Money and Credit - The Reception of Mises and of Money and Credit - Mises in the 1920s: Economic Adviser to the Government - Mises in the 1920s: Scholar and Creator
    "... he was happy to be one of the founding members in 1947 of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international society of free market economists and scholars. ... Mises played a leading part in the Mont Pelerin Society in early years, but after a while became disillusioned with its accelerating statism and mushy views on economic policy."
    • ISBN 9999827659: Paperback, Ludwig von Mises Institute, First edition, 1988
    Ludwig von Mises, socialism's greatest enemy: His life and times, by Jim Powell
    Lengthy biographical essay on Mises, including details on Menger and Böhm-Bawerk
    "Mises was among the three dozen scholars and journalists invited by F.A. Hayek to form the Mont Pelerin Society. The first meeting took place in Switzerland, April 1, 1947. The group subsequently gathered about every two years in various parts of the world. Mises was an active participant for more than a decade."
    The Early History of FEE, by Henry Hazlitt, The Freeman, Mar 1984
    Excerpted from Hazlitt's remarks at the Leonard E. Read Memorial Conference on Freedom, November 1983
    "Friedrich Hayek, in London, impressed by Read's initiative, raised the money the next year, 1947, to call a conference at Vevey, Switzerland, of 43 libertarian writers, mainly economists, from half a dozen nations.The group of ten of us from the United States included such figures as Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, George Stigler—and Leonard Read. That was the beginning of the still flourishing and immensely influential Mont Pelerin Society, now with several hundred members from dozens of countries."
    The life and times of F.A. Hayek, who explained why political liberty is impossible without economic liberty, by Jim Powell
    Lengthy biographical essay, with extensive quotes both from Hayek and others (including Keynes)
    "Meanwhile, in 1947 Hayek called a meeting of scholars concerned about liberty. ... Thirty-six participants from 10 countries gathered at the Hotel du Parc, Mont Pelerin, near Vevey, Switzerland, April 1st to April 10th, 1947. Among the 17 from the United States were University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman, Newsweek columnist Henry Hazlitt, University of Chicago economist Frank H. Knight, New York University economist Ludwig von Mises, Foundation for Economic Education President Leonard E. Read and Brown University economist George J. Stigler."
    Up From Freedom: Friedrich von Hayek and the Defence of Liberty, by Richard M. Ebeling, ama-gi, 1996
    Opens with biographical details and then discusses Hayek's insights
    "In 1947, [Friedrich Hayek] brought together many of the leading proponents in the world of classical liberalism and economic liberty for a conference at Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, and he founded the Mont Pelerin Society."
    Related Topic: Friedrich A. Hayek

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