The February 2014 Dinner will be Alan Oxley on “All these Free Trade Agreements? Would Adam Smith have approved?”
The Adam Smith Club will host a meeting on Tuesday the 4th of February 2014, at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond.
Alan Oxley is Chairman of the APEC Studies Centre at RMIT University and Principal of ITS Global, a consultancy which advises on trade, investment and sustainability. He was a former Ambassador to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the predecessor of the World Trade Organization. He is a regular commentator in the media and has published two books – “The Challenge of Free Trade” and “Seize the Future”. He is also Chairman of World Growth, a freemarket NGO.
The July 2013 Dinner will be Greg Melleuish on “Australian Intellectuals:Their Strange History & Pathological Tendencies”
At Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond on Wednesday the 17th of July 2013.
Why are Australian Intellectuals and academics so hostile to contemporary Australian life? Why do they so oftenhold disparaging views of their fellow Australians? This was not always the case. In the nineteenth century Australians of an intellectual disposition sought to work with their fellow Australians to build a better and freercountry. But from the end of the nineteenth century, beginning with the Bulletin an intellectual culture emerged which was adversarial in nature and increasingly hostile to the aspirations of ordinary Australians. This culture of intellectuals became embedded in key institutions,including the universities, the world of the arts and the ABC. It became a subculture isolated from mainstream Australia in intellectual ghettos. It is a world which bristles with hostility, negativity and nihilism. History has been a favoured domain for Australian intellectuals and theyheartedly condemn the Australian past and the Australian people. The only problem is that the more they blackenthe past the more they turn off students from studying history. The result is a real crisis in the study of the Australian past. The only way forward is a much more sober and sensible approach by intellectuals, especially in terms of appreciating our Western heritage.
Gregory Melleuish is an associate professor at the University of Wollongong where he teaches Ancient History, World History and Political Theory. He has published widely, especially in Australian intellectual history including Cultural Liberalism in Australia and The Power of Ideas.
Dinner Invite – July 2013 and Laissez Faire Newletter LF105
The 30th Anniversary Dinner with guest speaker Ray Evans on “Adam Smith & the Propensity to Truck, Barter, & Exchange”
Thursday 11th April 2013 at Bohéme Restaurant Bar, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond
Ray Evans was educated at Melbourne High School (1953-56) and the University of Melbourne (1957- 1961), graduating in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He worked in the SECV and then taught engineering at the Gordon Institute of Technology and Deakin University. He joined WMC in 1982 and was a co-founder of the H R Nicholls Society in 1986. He was awarded the Tasman Medal in 1996 and the Centenary Medal in 2001. He has written widely on political and cultural issues, most recently on the impacts of Environmentalism throughout the West, particularly with respect to the Global Warming Scam. He is secretary of The Lavoisier Group.
In this 30th Anniversary dinner of the Australian Adam Smith Club, Ray will discuss the influence of Adam Smith on free markets and individual liberty .