History of Liberty Seminar
May 26, 2002 – May 31, 2002Auburn, Alabama
"Ideas are the ultimate given of historical inquiry," wrote Ludwig von Mises. But two ideas—the magnificence of human liberty and the destructiveness of statism and socialism—are given short shrift or completely ignored by mainstream historical writing. Glorifying the state's rise, its wars, its welfare, while denigrating opponents of political regimentation, many historians regard "progress" as anything that takes us toward the dreams of Marx and Rousseau.
But there is another way. Mises, who sought to understand history in light of human action and choice, celebrated the rise of capitalism. Murray N. Rothbard chronicled the errors and crimes of the state. And Lord Acton, working his way from ancient to modern history, took for his guide Rhadamanthus, the avenger of innocent blood.
In that tradition, the Mises Institute is hosting a summer instructional seminar for students on the History of Liberty. Modeled on our famous economics instructional program, the History of Liberty brings together some of the best historians working today to examine the European and American experience. The program will be sweeping, rigorous, and unfailingly revisionist, as all good history should be. The program ends with a Mündliche Prüfung, an optional exam for an honors certificate.
- Marco Bassini (University of Milan)
- John V. Denson (Opelika, Alabama)
- Thomas J. DiLorenzo (Loyola College, Maryland)
- David Gordon (Mises Review)
- Robert Higgs (Independent Review)
- Jörg Guido Hülsmann (Mises Institute)
- Donald Livingston (Emory University)
- Ralph Raico (Buffalo State College)
- Joseph R. Stromberg (Mises Institute)
- Mark Thornton (Columbus State University)
- Scott Trask (Mises Institute)
- Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (Suffolk Community College)
Sunday, May 26
Monday, May 27
Tuesday, May 28
Wednesday, May 29
Thursday , May 30
Friday, May 31
- Theory and History by Ludwig von Mises
- Nation, State, and Economy by Ludwig von Mises
- The Costs of War edited by John V. Denson
- Reassessing the Presidency edited by John V. Denson
- Crisis and Leviathan by Robert Higgs
Publicity Waiver: Registering for this event gives the Mises Institute permission to take photos of attendees and use the photos for fundraising purposes. By this authorization, attendees understand and agree that no participant shall receive remuneration and that all rights, title and interest to the photos and use of them belongs to the Mises Institute.