November 2-5, 2017, The Ratio Institute and the Mont Pelerin Society arranged the special meeting and and international conference on the theme ”The Populist Threats to the Free Society and the Reconstruction of the Liberal Project” in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Mont Pelerin Socity was founded in 1947 to discuss the crisis of the times, realizing that the central values of civilization were in danger. 70 years later similar, if not identical, problems occur. In many or even most Western democracies populism, authoritarian nationalism, statism, interventionism, protectionism and similar creeds are on the rise. Individual freedom, the market economy, the rule of law, free trade and the open society are under threat. This Special Meeting was arranged because a need for economists, historians, philosophers, and other students of public affairs, both younger and more senior, to meet and develop the intellectual arguments and to reassert the valid ideals that can challenge the populist threats to the free society, was identified.
Among regular sessions a special effort to involve younger members and researchers was made. As part of that effort, the society organized six sessions at the 2017 special meeting in Stockholm for scholars age 35 or younger to present their research. Furthermore, more regular sessions on topic such as The Prospect for Stagnation or Growth, A Clash of Civilizations?, and The Future of Liberalism and the Free Society were held.
For the full programme, please click here.