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An Evening of Conversation: Frédéric Bastiat's The Law


Co-hosted by Americans for Prosperity, The Bastiat Society, & Center for the Study of Liberty


Wednesday October 25, 2017

6:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Liberty Fund, Inc. 

11301 N. Meridian Street

Carmel, IN 46032



6:00-6:30 PM     Dinner

6:30-6:40 PM     Opening Remarks

6:40-7:00 PM     Introduction to Bastiat by Dr. David Hart

7:00-7:45 PM     Small Group Discussions

7:45-8:00 PM     Concluding Thoughts

The Law by Frédéric Bastiat (June 1850)

Key Pages: 107-123, 137-146

Bastiat Online Resources

About the Speaker

Liberty Fund's new translation of Bastiat's collected works were available for purchase at a discounted price at the event. 

David Hart was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He did his undergraduate work at Macquarie University, Sydney, writing a thesis on the radical anti-statist thought of the Belgian/French political economist Gustave de Molinari. After spending a year in Germany studying German Imperialism and the origins of the First World War at the University of Mainz, he completed an M.A. in history at Stanford University writing papers on the 18th century French Physiocrats. While at Stanford he worked on student programs for the Institute for Humane Studies (when it was located at Menlo Park, California) where he was founding editor of the Humane Studies Review: A Research and Study Guide.

He received a Ph.D. in history from King’s College, Cambridge on the work of two leading French classical liberals of the early 19th century, Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer who pioneered a liberal class theory of history. He then taught for 15 years in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide in South Australia where he was awarded the University teaching prize.

Since 2001 he has been the Director of the Online Library of Liberty Project at Liberty Fund in Indianapolis <http://oll.libertyfund.org>. The OLL has won several awards including a "Best of the Humanities on the Web" Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2006. His research interests include the history of classical liberal thought, war and culture, and film and history.

He is currently the Academic Editor of Liberty Fund’s translation project of the Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat (in 6 vols.) the first volume of which came out in March 2011 (The Correspondence) and volume 2 (Political Essays) in June 2012. He is also editing for Liberty Fund a translation of Molinari’s Conversations on Saint Lazarus Street: Discussions on Economic Laws and the Defence of Property (1849).

David is also the co-editor of two collections of 19th century French classical liberal thought (with Robert Leroux of the University of Ottawa), one in English published by Routledge (May 2012) and another in French (late 2012) called The Golden Age of French Liberalism (forthcoming).

On his personal website <http://davidmhart.com/liberty> David has his lectures and a considerable number of resources on 19th century classical liberal thought, including a large section on Molinari, Bastiat, and other French classical liberal political economists (mostly in French).

About the Hosts

Americans for Prosperity exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate.

One of 35 state chapters nationwide, Americans for Prosperity–Indiana has over 70,000 citizen leaders and an ever-expanding base of local donors. Together, we work hard to keep taxes low and increase opportunity for everyone. Our year-round efforts entail meeting Hoosiers in their neighborhood, listening to their concerns, educating them on the issues, and empowering them to hold their lawmakers accountable.

The Bastiat Society is a program of the American Institute for Economic Research.

American Institute for Economic Research educates Americans on the value of personal freedom, free enterprise, property rights, limited government and sound money. AIER’s ongoing scientific research demonstrates the importance of these principles in advancing peace, prosperity and human progress. 

At the Center for the Study of Liberty, we support the building of a free society by creating spaces for civil conversations among independent thinkers. We organize collaborative events and curate thought-provoking content so you can explore the big questions about human freedom that lie at the heart of complex social issues.