Saturday, February 21, 2009

Panel 2: Foundations of Liberty

Dr. Korok Ray from Georgetown began the panel by talking about the importance of economics in the defense of liberty.

Dr. C. Bradley Thompson from Clemson went on to agree that economics supports the cause of liberty, but the stronger argument for liberty comes from the moral foundations. Without the moral defense of capitalism, it cannot succeed.

Dr. Tom Palmer from Atlas argued that there can be multiple arguments for liberty, and we should embrace the diversity of justifications. Liberty is such a powerful philosophy because it can be defended in so many ways.

Dr. John Hasnas spoke last and gave what he calls the common sense justification of liberty: we live by these principles in our daily lives.

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