Libertarian calendar for May 2016

22 Apr
May 4
Washington, DC

Deirdre McCloskey
Bougeois Equality
American Enterprise Institute

In “Bourgeois Equality” (University of Chicago Press, 2016), the third volume of her trilogy extolling the virtues of the bourgeoisie, well-known economic historian Deirdre McCloskey explains, “Our riches were made not by piling brick on brick, bank balance on bank balance, but by piling idea on idea.” This book argues that ideas, rather than capital or institutions, have driven prosperity. Specifically, she points to equal liberty and dignity for ordinary people — ideas that upended ancient hierarchies and empowered commoners.
Join AEI for a conversation with Dr. McCloskey and The Washington Post’s George Will about the ideas that have fueled human well-being in the modern era. Light refreshments will precede the discussion, and a wine and cheese reception will follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Join the conversation on social media with #BourgeoisEquality.

Michael R. Strain, AEI
6:05 PM
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
6:20 PM:
Book discussion:
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
George Will, The Washington Post

For more information, please contact Kaavya Ramesh at, 202.862.7193.

May 14
London, UK

Benevolent Laissez Faire

  • 12:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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    36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY, London (map)
  • Enter down the stairs from Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • Price: GBP12.00 /per person

  • A large and pro-active state that provides safety and certainty is attractive to many, who believe the problems can be managed by electing a better leader next time. For others, this idea is simply mistaken. 
    Our country is better than 90% of countries surveyed, in one study. That makes it the 15th nicest place to live. 
    Our education system raises all our children properly. Our doctors keep an eye on our lifestyles. Our regulators decide how the economy and our businesses are to be made fair and decent. Our benefits offices give the unfortunate comfortable independence. Our armies insist our values are followed in every part of the world. Our taxes will pay for everything – if only the rich can be squeezed hard enough.
    But what if you want to teach your children differently? Live a riskier more enjoyable lifestyle? Use a truly innovative banking or financial product? Enjoy a stable currency? Put your own family first? Stay out of conflicts? Do you have the space to live differently? Are you able to pick something better than the 15th best?
    How might those that crave comfort and certainty, for themselves and perhaps for others, accept that it is OK to leave people alone to enjoy (or be at the mercy) of a laissez-faire political and economic system? This conference will present the ethical reasons to accept such a settlement and the institutional and technological alternatives to a tax and spend society. 
    This afternoon event consists of four sessions:
    • DIY Governance – Janina Lowisz, BitNation and Julio Alejandro, Humanitarian Blockchain 
    • Historical Precedents for Laissez Faire Welfare – Dr Anton Howes, KCL
    • Benevolent Capitalism and Inequality [Keynote] – Yaron Brook, President and Executive Director, Ayn Rand Institute 
    • Panel Discussion: Principled Incremental Transition – How do we get there from here?
    Tickets are required for this event. Tea, coffee, drinks and snacks will be catered within the ticket price. Early birds can get tickets for £12 if they buy today.
    To reserve a table at Rocket Holborn for lunch or dinner please email

May 7-30
Libertarian Party conventions

May 15
Alexandria, VA

Libertarian Party Lunch
1:00 pm

Reynolds St Bar and Grill

34 S Reynolds St, Alexandria, Virginia 22304


May 27-30th
Orlando, FL

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