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Free Market Road Show: The World after Brexit and Trump

The 10th Annual Free Market Road Show brings together leading business people, outstanding scholars, and policy experts to discuss the aftermath of two historic events in the United Kingdom and United States.

July 18, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

The Austrian Economics Center is proud to present the 10th Annual Free Market Road Show (FMRS), which toured from March 16 to May 22 through 45 capitals in Europe. The show will be making a special tour stop in the Chicago area, exclusively here at Heartland.

The 2017 FMRS brings together leading business people, outstanding scholars, and policy experts to discuss the aftermath of two historic events: Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States of America.

Europe’s political elite as a whole was convinced the so-called Brexit could not happen. Deemed to be impossible until the very day of the election, people were shocked to see President Trump’s victory. FMRS speakers will focus on the consequences these events may bring to free trade and free movement of people. Moreover, they will discuss whether we are witnessing a popular uprising against political elites.

  • Speakers
    • Stephen Hicks
      Stephen Hicks is professor of philosophy at Rockford University in Illinois. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, Canada, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of three books: Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, Nietzsche and the Nazis, and The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis. He has published in academic journals, such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Teaching Philosophy, and Review of Metaphysics, as well as other publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Baltimore Sun. In 2010, he won his university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
    • Matt Kibbe
      Matt Kibbe is president and chief community organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning Millennials on to the values of liberty. He is also president of AlternativePAC, a political organization supporting liberty candidates for federal office, including Gary Johnson for president in 2016. AltPAC’s “Dead Abe Lincoln” ad is the most viral political ad in the history of the country. Kibbe is also a senior editor at Conservative Review. In 2004, Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, where he served as president for 11 years. He also served as senior advisor to a Rand Paul superPAC. Kibbe has worked as chief of staff for a U.S. Congressman, as an economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and at the Republican National Committee. Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is most recently author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. He appears frequently on national media, including Fox News, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and CSPAN.
    • Barbara Kolm
      Barbara Kolm holds degrees in business studies and economics, and she is constantly doing academic research and lecturing at universities as professor in Austrian economics at the University Donja Gorica. Main fields of her academic work are efficiency processes and financial and legal foundations of administrative and state institutions on a regional, national, and international level. She publishes economic analyses and provides expertise on national, state, and municipal budgets. Kolm serves as CEO in private enterprises and NGOs. She is also a consultant for structural reforms and best practices, a frequent speaker at international conferences, and a board member of several economic and academic associations. She is founding director of the Austrian Economics Center and president of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute, both Vienna-based think tanks dedicated to the Austrian School of Economics and the promotion of individual freedom, responsibility, and prosperity.
  • Schedule
    • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
      Registration and dinner
    • 6:00 – 6:05 p.m.
    • 6:05 – 6:45 p.m.
    • 6:45 - 7:30 p.m
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