All John Bonython Lectures

AYAAN HIRSI ALI - Liberal Democracies in an Era of Jihad and Mass Migration.
12 May 2016 6:00PM
The Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

Somali-born Ayaan is the founder of the AHA Foundation which works to bring an end to honour killings and related violence around the world; a former member of the Dutch parliament; and author of best-selling…

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DR DAVID KILCULLEN - What are we fighting for? Islamism and the threat to liberal ideas
18 September 2014 8:00AM
The Westin Hotel, Sydney, 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia

Former soldier, military strategist, best-selling author and counter-insurgency expert Dr David Kilcullen will deliver this year's unmissable John Bonython Lecture on the serious threat to the west by islamic extremist groups.

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PROF DEIRDRE MCCLOSKEY - Cautiously Optimistic: Bourgeois dignity & Global Prosperity
26 September 2013 5:00PM
The Westin Hotel, Sydney, 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia

How are the ideas of dignity and liberty responsible for progress and economic growth?

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Dr CHARLES MURRAY - Capitalism and Virtue: Reaffirming Old Truths
03 October 2012 10:00AM
Hilton Hotel Sydney, 488 George St, Sydney, Australia

Is capitalism Coming Apart? Eminent American political scientist, best-selling author and libertarian of note Dr Charles Murray will discuss the image problem dogging capitalism in the Annual John Bonython Lecture.

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PROFESSOR FRANK FUREDI on Leadership Liberty and the Crisis of Authority
10 August 2011 8:00AM
The Westin Hotel, Sydney, 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia

Join friends and supporters of The Centre for Independent Studies for the annual CIS Gala Dinner and John Bonython Lecture. This year's address will be delivered by eminent UK sociologist and media commentator Professor Frank…

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PROFESSOR NIALL FERGUSON - Empires on the Edge of Chaos.
28 July 2010 10:00AM
Four Seasons Hotel, The Grand Ballroom, 199 George Street, Sydney, Australia

The Annual John Bonython Lecture and Gala Dinner. The Board and staff of The Centre for Independent Studies warmly invite you to an evening with brilliant economic historian, Professor Niall Ferguson. Described by the California…

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P.J.O'ROURKE - Invisible Hand versus Visible Fist: Securing the Future Wealth of Nations.
21 April 2009 10:00AM
The Big Top, Luna Park, Milsons Point, Sydney, Australia

In a toast to the wisdom of Adam Smith, O’Rourke will offer some humour and hope on the dark subject of the financial crisis, with the razor-sharp commentary and wit that are his trademarks.

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PROFESSOR LAWRENCE MEAD - Anglo Primacy at the End of History: The Deep Roots of Power
17 May 2007 8:00AM
Hotel Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney, Australia

Professor Lawrence Mead from New York University will discuss his latest thoughts on what makes major English speaking countries so globally powerful."Whether the United States should lead the world is much debated. But American primacy…

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DR ARTHUR HERMAN - History as the Story of Liberty: A Globalised Western Civilisation
02 October 2006 10:00AM
Park Hyatt Hotel, 1 Parliament Place, Melbourne, Australia

A world that seems on the brink of disaster, looks very different seventy years, or even a decade later. This is a key theme of the whole of European and western history: change is constant…

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JOHAN NORBERG - The Wealth of Generations: Capitalism and the Belief in the Future
13 October 2005 10:00AM
Hotel Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney, Australia

In this lecture, with optimism and humour, Johan Norberg looks forward to a future which can only improve with greater freedom, increased knowledge, wealth and technology on our side.

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ROBERT KAGAN - The Crisis of Legitimacy: America and the World
09 November 2004 10:00AM
Park Hyatt Hotel, 1 Parliament Place, Melbourne, Australia

What kind of world order do we want? asked Joschka Fischer , Germany 's foreign minister, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. That this question remains on the minds…

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DR JOSEF JOFFE - Gulliver Unbound: Can America Rule the World?
05 August 2003 10:00AM
Hotel Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney, Australia

21st century America is the Gulliver of modern times.  Nonetheless, as international relationsscholar Josef Joffe reminds us history and theory suggest that this cannot last. Power always begets counter-power, usually by way of coalitions and…

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PROFESSOR FRANCIS FUKUYAMA - Has History Restarted Since September 11?
02 August 2002 12:00PM
Park Hyatt Hotel, 1 Parliament Place, Melbourne, Australia

Like many Americans, I have been preoccupied since September 11 trying to understand the meaning of this event and how the world has changed as a result of it. An accounting has been demanded of…

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PROFESSOR LAUCHLAN CHIPMAN - What Governments Can't Know: The Knowledge Economy and the Market
23 October 2001 8:00AM
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney, Australia

Are governments well placed to foster the infusion of different types of complex knowledge to create new or better goods and services?

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ANNE KRUEGER - Trading Phobias Governments, NGOs and the Multilateral System
10 October 2000 10:00AM
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 123 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia

A society's prosperity depends on its families. But demographic changes, ideological attack and government policies have undermined the family in the West.

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DR JERRY JORDAN - The End of Chaos? Global Markets in the Information Era
04 November 1999 10:00AM
Park Lane, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia

The 16th Annual John Bonython Lecturer, Dr Jerry Jordan, argues that markets will be at the heart of a 21st century order - an age of markets.

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ANTONIO MARTINO - The Modern Mask of Socialism
21 October 1998 12:00PM
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 123 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia

Italian politician Antonio Martino argues that socialism in the old sense of nationalisation and central planning may be dead, but that new challenges to freedom have arisen in its place.

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PROFESSOR JAMES Q WILSON - The Morality of Capitalism
15 October 1997 10:00AM
Hilton Hotel Sydney, 488 George St, Sydney, Australia

Capitalism is winning the economic battle all over the world. The collapse of socialism has left it without serious challenge as a wealth-creating system. But moral criticism of capitalism continues.

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PROFESSOR RAY BALL - Institutions of Innovation and Prosperity
27 August 1996 10:00AM
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 123 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia

Western nations benefit from social institutions that create prosperity & liberty. Our future prosperity depends on avoiding the temptation to believe we can bring greater prosperity by interfering with the processes of institutional innovation.

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BRIGETTE BERGER - The Social Roots of Prosperity
14 August 1995 10:00AM
Hilton Hotel Sydney, 488 George St, Sydney, Australia

A society's prosperity depends on its families. But demographic changes, ideological attack and government policies have undermined the family in the West.

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RUPERT MURDOCH - The Century of Networking
20 October 1994 8:00AM
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 123 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia

Ladies and gentlemen, in this century of bursting bombs, I like to think that we are doing our part, however humble and mundane to free that crystal spirit.  Rupert Murdoch

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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA - Questions of Conquest and Culture
03 September 1993 8:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The key question is: ‘Can these cultures become modern and overcome oppression while conserving…fundamental elements of their language, beliefs and traditions?’

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KENNETH R. MINOGUE - How Much Justice Does A Society Need?
13 August 1992 12:00PM
Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia

Hard-headed people often say that perfect justice is impossible, merely a dream. the philosopher Kant wrote that nothing perfect could ever be made of mankind's crooked timber.

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VACLAV KLAUS -Dismantling Socialism: A Preliminary Report
25 July 1991 10:00AM
Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia

In the Eighth John Bonython Lecture,Vaclav Klaus, then Finance Minister of Czechoslvakia, gives an account of his government's attempts to move away from a socialist system towards a free-enterprise system.

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PROFESSOR JAMES BUCHANAN - Socialism is Dead But Leviathan Lives On
27 March 1990 12:00PM
Hotel Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney, Australia

Recognizing the limits in order to avoid harm is as important as recognizing the potential that may be achieved within those limits.

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PETER T BAUER - Economic Control or Economic Development?
02 November 1989 12:00PM
The Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia

The performance of the basic tasks of government does not provide rulers with the same hold over their subjects as does close economic control or so-called development planning. This may indeed be the reason why…

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PROFESSOR THOMAS SOWELL - Endangered Freedom
29 September 1988 12:00PM
InterContinental Sydney Hotel, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

In the fifth John Bonython Lecture, Thomas Sowell argues that public life in Western countries is blighted by an ‘unconstrained vision’ of man and society.

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SHIRLEY ROBIN LETWIN - Law and Liberty
18 August 1987 12:00PM
The Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia

In the fourth John Bonython Lecture, Shirley Letwin analyses the way in which the rule of law sustains individual liberty and a free society.

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RALPH HARRIS - The Enemies of Progress
04 July 1986 12:00PM
Hilton Hotel Sydney, 488 George St, Sydney, Australia

Why is it that politicians of all parties still shrink from giving enterprise, competition and consumer choice their head so as to spread increasing bounty ever more widely?

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PROFESSOR R.M. HARTWELL - The Anti-Capitalist Mentality: Post Mortem for an Ideology
15 August 1985 12:00PM
The Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia

In the 2nd John Bonython Lecture Professor Hartwell traces the history of the anti-capitalist mentality back to myths surrounding the Industrial Revolution in England.

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DR ISRAEL KIRZNER - The Role of the Entrepreneur in the Economic System
01 June 1984 8:00AM
Four Seasons Hotel, The Grand Ballroom, 199 George Street, Sydney, Australia

In the Inaugural John Bonython lecture, Israel Kirzner strongly defends the entrepreneur's role in keeping our economy healthy and vigorous.

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