Freedom Week Lecture: Alejandro A. Chafuen, Ph.D.

"Over 70 years ago, during the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, Hayek warned about an “intolerant and fierce rationalism which in particular is responsible for the gulf which particularly on the [European] Continent has for several generations driven most religious people from the liberal movement and into truly reactionary camps in which they felt little at home. I am convinced that unless this breach between true liberal and religious convictions can be heeled there is no hope for a revival of liberal forces." On several occasions he returned to this topic and cautioned liberals not to disregard tradition. Has this warning by Hayek been disregarded by the libertarians of the XXIst century and given rise to a new populism?" 

Alejandro “Alex” Antonio Chafuen is president of the Atlas Network (also known as Atlas Economic Research Foundation) which works to help create and nurture free-market think tanks across the globe. A U.S. citizen, born in Argentina in 1954, and a graduate of the Argentine Catholic University and Grove City College, Chafuen received his Doctorate under Dr. Hans F. Sennholz, a disciple of Ludwig von Mises. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín. While at Grove City College he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Christian roots of the free-market economy which was later published under the title of Faith and Liberty and has been translated into Chinese, Polish, Czech, Italian, Slovenian and Spanish. He has been member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980 and is the current President of the Philadelphia Society. In 2007 he received the Nassau Institute Freedom Prize, in 2010, the Global Leadership Award from the Leadership Institute US, and in 2014, the Walter Judd Freedom Award from The Fund for American Studies. Chafuen writes a column for on think tanks and intellectual entrepreneurship 

Chafuen is on the governing board of several think tanks including Fraser Institute, in Canada; Acton Institute, in Michigan; Center for Legal Integrity (US); and Fundación Internacional para La Libertad (Madrid). He is president of the American Friends of the IEA (UK) foundation and Vice President of CEDICE US (Venezuela). He is also chairman and founder of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (, and the International Freedom Educational Foundation ( as well as trustee of Grove City College. Chafuen is also on the board of the Chase Foundation of Virginia, and member of the John Templeton Foundation, The World Charity Foundation and the Templeton Religion Trust. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00am

Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies, 109
43.630735, -84.276576

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