Why Freedom is not for Sissies: Taking Responsibility Back from Governments MELBOURNE EVENT Thursday 30th April, 6:00PM - 7:30PM


Why Freedom is not for Sissies: Taking Responsibility Back from Governments

Like so many things in life, freedom is not free. As Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” The abdication of personal responsibility and autonomy to the state in return for “protection” in the form of welfare payments, government funding and nanny state lecturing has become the norm in countries around the world. There are now seemingly endless and unsustainable demands on government to step into realms that were previously the responsibility of individuals or community groups – think childcare, charitable institutions and even the arts as examples. Dr Tom G Palmer fervently believes that individuals must stand up and take back responsibility for themselves in order to safeguard freedom. The alternative is a slow slide into the bleak mire of authoritarian control.  Join Dr Palmer and CIS Executive Director Greg Lindsay for drinks and a lively discussion about bringing individual responsibility and liberty back into fashion.

Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of a Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, After the Welfare State, Why Liberty, and Peace, Love & Liberty.

Date:  Thursday, 30 April 2015

Time:

         5:30pm Drinks and Nibbles

         6:00pm – 7:30pm Address and Q&A

Where: Dan O’Connell Hotel – 225 Canning Street, Carlton VIC 3053