This August, ESFL Executive Board member Fred Roeder and I were at the IES-Europe Summer University for the New Economics. The Institute for Economic Studies-Europe became independent of the Institute for Humane Studies many years ago, but continues its fantastic work in Europe, educating students at various camps across the continent, and holding its annual Summer University in Aix-en-Provence every year.
The 32nd Summer University was a great opportunity to meet like-minded students and libertarian intellectuals, not to mention the sun and food of Southern France. With thanks to Pierre Garello, its director, Fred and I gave an introductory speech about ESFL at a dinner and drinks hosted specifically for the purpose of encouraging greater student ties. Fred also led a seminar session on the growth of the student pro-liberty movement in Europe.
The conference itself was devoted to understanding the current crises and exiting them post-welfare state. Some of the top European classical liberals and libertarians were there, for example Leszek Balcerowicz, the former Finance Minister of Poland, who led the country’s economy out of communism; Gabriel Calzada of Rey Juan Carlos University; and Dr Barabara Kolm of the Hayek Institute in Vienna, to name but a handful.
I would encourage all students involved with the ESFL and SFL networks to attend next year. There are few better pro-liberty experiences.