Category Archives: Seminars

II. International Jacques Rueff Conference

II. International Jacques Rueff Conference, Monaco 2017
Jacques Rueff (1896 – 1973) was Monaco’s 7th Minister of State.

“We shall all be the gainers if we can create a world fit for small states to live in.” Friedrich A. von Hayek

Please mark your calendar! The II. International Jacques Rueff Conference will take place on November 22, 2017 at the Principality of Monaco. Topic:

The Case for Europe’s Small States
in the III. Millennium

 

The conference is an academic one-day academic co-operation of CEPROM (Center of Economic Research for Monaco, MC) and ECAEF (European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation, FL).

Academic Director: Kurt R. Leube, ECAEF (krleube@stanford.edu)
Administrative Director: Emanuel Falco, CEPROM (cecile@mlp.mc)
Media Contacts: Nicolas Saussier, CEPROM (nsaussier@palais.mc)
Conference Date: November 22, 2016
Participation: by invitation only
Location: Musee Oceanographique de Monaco, Principality of Monaco
Conference Languages: English and French; simultaneous translation

Semantic Traps: Distorting Debates Through Definitions

Daniel Issing – blog author at studentsforliberty.org – reflects on the seminar ‘Semantic Traps: Politics with Loaded Terms’. It was held on June 9-11, 2016 in Vaduz (FL).

Every libertarian is well aware of the odd name defenders of individual freedom use to label their position nowadays. In fact, the word “libertarianism” is a fairly new creation, emerging in the second half of the last century. It was coined to distinguish this position from those who call themselves “liberal”, a word that once represented a commitment to laissez faire and free markets. Today, however, it means the very opposite and is more akin to the socialist position. The redefinition of terms for political purposes was a very successful marketing coup by social democrats, particularly in the United States.

Is it possible to win arguments in the political arena by simply using words that are either so vague that we cannot assign a precise meaning to them or are systematically misleading? To what extent can the parties to the debate gain an advantage by confusing their opponents through their use of words? Is the progressive corruption of our language a threat to civil liberties? These and other question formed the starting point of a seminar aptly named “Semantic Traps: Politics with Loaded Terms”, which was co-organized by ECAEF, PERC and LAF. Thanks to Kurt Leube – program’s Academic Director and a very eager and generous supporter of ESFL – I was invited to participate in what turned out to be an extremely insightful weekend. But let us start from the beginning …

Read the full article here ->
Semantic Traps

Konferenz-Bericht “Semantic Traps”

Bericht von Georg Winder*

“Semantic Traps” – Haben Sie sich schon einmal bewusst gemacht, wie viele der uns geläufigen Begriffe bereits so umgedeutet wurden, dass diese beabsichtigt oder nicht, kaum noch dem Inhalt entsprechen, den wir eigentlich ausdrücken wollten? Gerade im politischen Diskurs sind diese «Sprachfallen» zuweilen gefährlich und bedrohen zunehmend unsere bürgerlichen Freiheiten.

Um diesen Bedeutungswandel besser verstehen zu können und seinen Einfluss auf den gesellschaftlichen Diskurs besser verstehen zu können, veranstaltete die Liechtenstein Academy Foundation vom 9. bis 11. Juni 2016 auf Schloss Freudenfels eine Konferenz mit dem Titel «Semantic Traps: Politics with Loaded Terms».

Conference 'Semantic Traps', Vaduz (Liechtenstein) 2016
Konferenz ‘Semantic Traps’, Vaduz (Liechtenstein) 2016

In einer inspirierenden Kooperation zwischen dem US «think tank» PERC (Montana, USA), dem European Center of Austrian Economics, ECAEF (Vaduz) und der Liechtenstein Academy Foundation (Vaduz/Freudenfels) konnten wir führende internationale Wissenschafter und Experten aus der Wirtschaft gewinnen, die die Implikationen moderner Sprachfallen mit einem ausgewählten Teilnehmerkreis intensiv diskutierten.

Das Symposium war die Auftaktveranstaltung zum Lehrgang „Understanding How Society Works“, der im Frühjahr 2017 starten wird. Detaillierte Informationen hierzu finden Sie unter www.ae-laf.com.

Conference 'Semantic Traps', Vaduz (Liechtenstein) 2016
Konferenz ‘Semantic Traps’, veranstaltet durch die Liechtenstein Academy Foundation.

*Georg Winder ist Programm-Manager der Liechtenstein Academy Foundation (LAF), Herrengasse 12, FL-9490 Vaduz. Die Liechtenstein Academy versteht sich als Kompetenzzentrum für Persönlichkeitsentwicklung sowie Firmen-, Familien- und Vermögensverantwortung.

Semantic Traps: Politics with Loaded Terms

Semantic Traps


Semantic Traps:
Politics with Loaded Terms

A Seminar for Scholars, Journalists and Entrepreneurs

“One must always repeat the truth, because even the error around us is preached again and again. And not from individuals but from the crowd.” J.W. von Goethe


When political speech writers pen speeches for presidents, prime ministers, and other influential dignitaries, they choose their words carefully, knowing that rhetoric matters. A classic case of an intentional deception of words, according to Schumpeter was the hijacking of the term liberal. In a similar fad, the market economy is increasingly condemned as a system of crony capitalists, the empty notion of social justice turned into a general verdict on our society’s moral status, or carbon pollution became a substitute for the greenhouse gases. In chapter 7 of The Fatal Conceit, “Our Poisoned Language,” F.A. von Hayek lists over 100 words before which we put social ranging from social accounting to social property to social waste, and in each case obfuscate their meaning.
Have you ever wondered how many of our habitual political terms have assumed quite different meanings or, maybe deliberately, have even taken on undertones that suggest something detrimental to what we want to get across? It seems as if the old Confucius warning “when words lose their meaning people will lose their liberty” has more relevance today then ever before.
With Confucius’ admonition in mind, PERC, Liechtenstein Academy, and ECAEF have teamed up to organize a seminar on “Semantic Traps: Politics with Loaded Terms”. Details including the agenda are listed below. If you are interested in finding out more about the seminar, contact co-directors, Terry Anderson or Kurt Leube.

Seminar Date: June 9-11, 2016 (Thu evening to Sat noon)

Location: Liechtenstein Academy Foundation Campus: Freudenfels Castle at Lake Constance, Eschenz, Switzerland

Admission Fee: Free Admission

Program Director: Hans-Rudolf Maag

Academic Directors: Terry L. Anderson and Kurt R. Leube

Seminar Program

Thursday – 9 June, 2016:
tbd Opening Dinner (optional) and welcoming remarks by H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Friday – 10 June, 2016:
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and Opening
Member of the Princely Family (LI), Hans-Rudolf Maag (CH) and
Terry L. Anderson (USA)

Session I: Politics
10:00 – 10:30 «On the Confusion of Terms in the Political Debate»
Michael Wohlgemuth (D)
10:30 – 10:45 Discussion
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:45 «Justice, Fairness, Solidarity! The Prophecy of a ‘Socially Just’ Society»
Hardy Bouillon (D)
11:45 – 12:00 Discussion
12:00 – 12:30 «Is the ‘Public Interest’ really in the Public’s Interest?»
Carlos Gebauer (D)
12:30 – 12:45 Discussion
12:45 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch for all participants at seminar site

Session II: Economics
14:00 – 14:30 «Are the Poor really Getting Poorer as the Rich are Getting Richer?»
Erich Weede (D)
14:30 – 14:45 Discussion
14:45 – 15:15 «In Defense of Private Property»
Gary Libecap (USA)
15:15 – 15:30 Discussion
15:30 – 16:00 «Fair Trade and Sustainability: Is Globalization Evil?»
Robert Nef (CH)
16:00 – 16:15 Discussion
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break
16:45 – 18:00 Q&A, Session I and II
19:00 Dinner at the seminar site (Freudenfels Castle; mandatory); Speaker TBA

Saturday – 11 June, 2016:
08.00 – 09.15 Breakfast
09:30 – 09:45 Directorial Remarks
Hans-Rudolf Maag

Session III: Environmental Issues
09:45 – 10:15 «Dynamic Economics and Dynamic Ecology: The Essence of Free Market
Environmentalism»
Terry L. Anderson (USA)
10:15 – 10:30 Discussion
10:30 – 11:00 «On Secular vs. Non-Secular Environmental Beliefs»
Mark Pennington (UK)
11:00 – 11:15 Discussion
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 12:15 «Unleashing the Power of Free Market Environmentalism»
Martin Hostettler (CH)
12:15 – 12:30 Discussion
12:30 – 12:45 Closing remarks
Member of the Princely Family (LI), Hans-Rudolf Maag (CH) and
Terry L. Anderson (USA)
12:45 Individual departures

Understanding How Society Works

An Introduction to the Austrian School of Economics (Seminar)

Understanding how society works features a comprehensive innovative curriculum in Austrian Economics, LIECHTENSTEIN ACADEMY tries to get entrepreneurs, individuals and key opinion leaders in politics, the media, and academia interested. We are not awarding degrees. However, our world-class faculty will grant a degree for the individual modules if successfully mastered. The seminar is designed as a sequence of 8 self-contained modules and thus can be booked individually. To affirm an interactive and open-ended learning environment, we have limited the class size to 20 to 25 students. The instruction will be either in English and/or German. At a later stage, upon request all modules will also be offered in Spanish.

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The contents of the individual modules represent a recommended minimum and thus may be subject to additions and change of emphasis by our instructors.

M1 – Economics
An introduction to the “Austrian School of Economics’

M2 – Philosophy
The methodology and the limits of the social science

M3 – Law
Selected topics in legal theory. The evolution of law, natural law and spontaneous order

M4 – Philosophy
Markets, moral and business ethics

M5 – Economics
Money, banking and behavioral finance; selected topics in monetary-, capital- and business cycle theory

M6 – Politics
Institutional economics and public choice analysis

M7 – Sociology
The problems of demography, immigration issues and social security systems; the illusion of the welfare state’ and alternative models

M8 – Economics
Environmental economics, property rights and the eminent domain problem. Public goods and “the tragedy of the commons’


Download the Course Flyer right here -> Liechtenstein Academy, Course Flyer (PDF, 3.0 MB).

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