Hayek’s Evening in Podgorica: Is There A Case for Private Property?
On 8 May 2018, in Podgorica, the evening was dedicated to Friedrich von Hayek, one of the greatest economic thinkers and winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1974. Friedrich August von Hayek is an Austrian liberal economist and political philosopher. As a representative of the so-called Austrian School, he firmly believed in individualism and the free market and was a fierce criticiser of socialism. His insights were a significant inspiration for post-war conservatism in the United States and the United Kingdom. He advocated attitudes about “treating” the wrong development of Western democracies, constructivism. He was a versatile thinker with a wide field of interest. Its enormous work energy and a long lifetime enabled the creation of a fantastic opus: 25 books and 130 articles.
The book “Road to Serfdom” was one of the first to attack economic interventionism. In later works, he dealt with issues of political philosophy. Among them are distinguished: “The Constitution of Liberty” and “Law, Legislation, and Freedom.” On the occasion of the 119th anniversary of his birth, the Institute organized the Hayek’s evening. In informal gatherings, young academics had the opportunity to first look at a short film and interview with Hayek from 1977, and then discuss the importance of private property and economic freedoms for the development of a society.
The Lucha Institute will continue with similar activities in the future. It is essential for us that young people have space for free thought and dialogue, regardless of the opposite attitudes that certain individuals represent. It is this dialogue and mutual respect for different opinions that are an essential foundation on which free and responsible societies are built.