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Colloque Lippmann 71 Years On: Paris 1938 versus New York 2009

Blogging will be light at best in coming weeks.  New member registrations will be queued and comments temporarily disabled.

I will be busy attending a special meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society along with a Liberty Fund conference in New York.  Readers who will be at either event, feel free to get in touch.

The Mont Pelerin Society had a less well known precursor that met in Paris in August 1938, discussed in a recent article by Jeremy Jennings.  Many people have traced the origins of so-called ‘neo-liberalism’ to this meeting, but Jennings (a leading scholar of socialist thought) notes that the Colloque Lippmann could just as easily be viewed as contributing to the idea of a ‘social market economy’ in post-war Germany (something you won’t hear from Kevin Rudd). 

New York 2009 hopefully won’t be quite as scary as Paris 1938.  But it’s a close call.

posted on 26 February 2009 by skirchner in Economics

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