Liberty, Free Markets, and Moral Character

 

 

 

 

 

Clemson University | Clemson, SC | May 22 - May 25



“There is only one power that determines the course of history, just as it determines the course of every individual life: the power of man’s rational faculty—the power of ideas. If you know a man’s convictions, you can predict his actions. If you understand the dominant philosophy of a society, you can predict its course. But convictions and philosophy are matters open to man’s choice.”  Ayn Rand

What is the connection between liberty, free markets, and moral character? Economic thinking provides powerful insights about the world by explaining that people make choices and are driven by incentives. However, it does not tell you why people must make choices or, more importantly, what choices to make.

This seminar turns economic thinking on its head by looking at its foundations through a philosophic lens. What are the moral and philosophic underpinnings of economic thinking? Why do we have to make choices and how does moral character determine the choices people make?

If you are between 18-24 and interested in exploring these questions apply now!

Applications are closed!

 

Thursday, May 22

12:00 pm – 6:00pm: Dorm Room Check-in
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Seminar Check-in and Social


Friday, May 23
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Check-in
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Welcome
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Discussion Groups
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Social


Saturday, May 24
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check-in
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
Related Reading: What is Polycentric Law? by Tom Bell
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break
11:00 am – 11:45 am: Activity: The Trading Game
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Discussion Groups
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Social


Sunday, May 25
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
Relevent Readings: "Rights Schmights" By Max Borders; "Libertarianism vs. Radical Capitalism" by Craig Biddle
11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Closing Remarks
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm – 6:00pm: Check out of rooms

Participant Testimonials

"At FEE, I was first exposed to ideas that would inspire the rest of my time in university, and eventually my career." - Zachary Caceres

"[I really enjoyed this] opportunity to learn about not only what is happening in America, but throughout the world. FEE's goal is to 'inspire, educate, and connect' and I'm proud to say it has achieved all that and more with me." - Jeanette H.

"This seminar has provided me with the knowledge necessary to educate my peers and support an educated, non-biased argument for free market economics." - Santana W.

Read what other students had to say about our summer seminars.

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