If you’re in Sydney early next week, mark this event in your calendar for Tuesday evening 8 July at the CIS office in St. Leonards:
The 1840s Battle against Socialism by les Économistes TUESDAY 8 JULY 6:00PM – 7:30PM
The 1848 Revolution in France saw the first attempt by socialists to create a government which would introduce some key aspects of the modern welfare state as we know it today, namely government guaranteed (taxpayer funded) unemployment relief, make work schemes, and the right to a job for all workers. This was vigorously opposed by a group of free market political economists (known as “les Économistes”) who became organised during the 1840s in Paris and played an active and important role during the Revolution in opposing socialism in the press, on the streets, and in the Chamber of Deputies. This talk will examine how les Économistes organised themselves to fight socialism, some of the key ideas in their ideological battles, the strategies they adopted, and the lessons present day liberals can draw from their struggle.
David M. Hart was born and raised in Sydney and has degrees from Macquarie University, Stanford University, and King’s College, Cambridge. He taught in the history department at the University of Adelaide for 15 years before moving to the U.S. to work for Liberty Fund, a non-profit educational foundation based in Indianapolis. For the past 13 years he has been the Director of the Online Library of Liberty Project and is the academic editor of a large translation project for LF of the works of two of the leading members of the French Economists, Frédéric Bastiat and Gustave de Molinari. David has also co-edited two anthologies of French Classical Liberal thought, one in French and one in English.
David Hart is a great Australian liberal, presiding over very important work undertaken by the Liberty Fund (including maintenance of this wonderful resource). His expertise is in the history of classical liberal thought, with a particular emphasis on nineteenth-century French liberalism.
Next week’s event is a great opportunity to hear one of Australia’s most outstanding liberal minds speak about the struggles waged by the likes of Bastiat and Molinari against the socialist onslaught during the nineteenth century, and lessons from that intellectual battle for today’s contest of ideas.