Free Market Road Show 2012: Europe at a Turning Point

Europe on the Road to Serfdom?

Friday,  25 May 2012

Best Western Premier Hotel Slon, Ljubljana, Slovenia


“’Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded” – F.A.v Hayek

We are on the brink of a collapse of the European welfare system. As a response, most European countries have chosen to turn to a road to serfdom with even more interventions and an increased role for governments. In addition, the European economic government and European financial authorities become political realities and gain support without dissent. We are facing one of the most severe crises in history, but most politicians still use methods of resolution from the last millennium. Will those measure up to the current and future challenges? If we keep using outdated concepts, will Hayek be right?

“It is a revealing fact that few planners are content to say that central planning is desirable. Most of them affirm that we can no longer choose but are compelled by circumstances beyond our control to substitute planning for competition.” ― F. A. von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom


13:30 – 14:00 Registration 

14:00 – 14:15 Welcome and Introduction

            Tanja Štumberger, MA, Svetilnik, Slovenia

            Christian Miller, MA, Austrian Embassy, Slovenia


14:15 – 15:30 PANEL 1: Individualism vs. Collectivism: How Much Government Can We Afford?

We are in the middle of a public debt crisis of historical proportion, and for most politicians, the solution is more of the same, which means for them: more government intervention and government spending. However, the most important question is often avoided: What are the reasons for the crisisfree markets or government intervention? Are our current welfare systems the cure or the cause of the crisis? Should governments take care of us, or should we finally start taking care of ourselves? Is a paradigm shift realistic? The reasons for the current crisis and it’s implications for the next generation in light of recent European policies will be discussed.

Chair:         Jure Stojan, PhD, Svetilnik, Slovenia

Key note:   Erich Weede, PhD, University of Bonn, Germany

Podium:     Klaus Emmerich, PhD, Austria

                     Maja Drakić, PhD, University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro

                    Lorant Racz, PhD, Collegium-Liberale, Austria

15:30 – 16:00 Break


16:00 – 17:15 PANEL 2: Harmonization vs. Competition: What brings us back on track on the road to growth?

As a result of the current public debt crisis, especially in Europe, many politicians and so-called experts view further harmonization on a European level as a solution for the skyrocketing public debts. However, isn’t diversity one of the key preconditions for our prosperity? What would be the consequences of a European central government? Apart from the recently discussed EU policies and their consequences, new and innovative solutions for the crisis will be discussed.

Chair:      Jure Baloh, MA, Svetilnik, Slovenia

Keynote:  Razeen Sally, PhD, University of Singapore, Singapore

Podium:   Anže Burger, PhD, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

                Edward Stringham, PhD, Fayetteville State University, USA

                Richard Durana, PhD, INESS, Slovakia

17:15 – 17:45 Break


17:45 – 19:00 PANEL 3: Euro vs. Sound Money: How Will Europe’s Currency Look in the Future?

Will the Euro survive? Is it a precondition for a European identity and a means of organizing a common marketor simply an instrument of exchange? Is the Euro an engine for integration, or is it a potential cause for further conflicts, therefore dividing the European Union? Are there alternatives to the Euro, and if so, what are the preconditions to avoid recent impairments? This panel will focus on any alternatives to fractional reserves, e.g., a necessity to return to the gold standard, and on the issue of currencies.

Chair:       Tanja Štumberger, MA, Svetilnik, Slovenia

Key note:  Charles B. Blankart, PhD, University of Luzern, Switzerland

Podium:    Keith Miles, PhD, British Slovene Society, Great Britain/Slovenia

                 Jure Stojan, PhD, Daily Večer, Slovenia

                 Richard Otto Zundritsch, PhD, Added Value, Austria

                 Reinhard Neck, PhD, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

The Free Market Road Show 2012 in Ljubljana was FREE of charge due to generosity of our sponsors. Thank you!

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