Welcome address by Jiri Schwarz,
Chairman of the MPS 2012 Organizing
Dear friends of liberty and individual responsibility,
It will be immense pleasure to welcome you at the
greatest festival of classical liberal thinking under the auspices of the Mont
Pelerin Society. This distinguished society for the defense and cultivation of
principles of individual liberty will have its General 2012 Meeting in Prague
from Sunday, September 2nd, to Friday, September 7th. The
capital of the Czech Republic is a charming city, even more so at the end of
summer. The stable and sunny weather with temperatures pleasant for sightseeing
has inspired us to offer you rich pre- and post-conference travel program.
It will enable us to present you some Bohemian rarities and you will have
opportunity to discover that there lie many more treasures beyond the
mysterious medieval Prague. In this you will follow in the footsteps of such
greats as the German poet and polymath Johann Wolfgang Goethe who sang praises
for the western Bohemian spas in his Marienbad Elegies.
The Mont Pelerin Society General Meeting 2012 in
Prague offers an inspiring and rigorous program focusing on both fundamental
and topical issues challenging the current Euro-Atlantic civilization.
Governments have begun to grow again at the beginning of the 21st century,
public affairs have started to be preferred to private ones once again and the
politicization of societies has increased in comparison with the era following
the demise of Communism and the Berlin Wall collapse towards the end of last
century. Challenges which spurned the foundation of the Mont Pelerin Society 65
years ago are reasserting themselves again, albeit in modified forms. Such are
the serious issues to be analyzed by our invited speakers. Their list is a
guarantee of highest quality contributions with original ideas, stimulating
deep intellectual discussion.
Three full conference days will be followed by a
day-trip to the famous Karlovy Vary spas (Karlsbad) and will culminate at
Prague Castle, seat of Holy Roman Emperors and Kings as well as Czechoslovak
and Czech Presidents, where we will be hosted by Professor Václav Klaus, the
President of the Czech Republic and a distinguished member of the Mont Pelerin
Society. Do not hesitate and take the opportunity to be part of this
intellectual event unparalleled in the 2012 calendar!
You may be interested to note that Prague already
hosted the Mont Pelerin Society once in the past: The same conference hotel was
the venue also for the 1991 MPS Regional Meeting with the general topic "In
Search of a Transition to a Free Society". I am sure that especially those who
participated then will now avail themselves of the opportunity to compare and
evaluate the changes that Prague and the Czech Society have undergone over the
All necessary information about registration, travel,
accommodation, the conference program and other useful information about Prague
and Czech Republic can be found on this website. Should you have any additional
questions or requirements, do not hesitate to contact the Organizing committee
(infomps2012 [dot] org). All staff, the Center for Politics and Economics
(CEP) and the Liberalni Institut (LI) are doing their utmost for complete
satisfaction of the Mont Pelerin Society Members and their partners and guests,
to make your stay in Prague and the Czech Republic most rewarding.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am sincerely
looking forward to seeing you in Prague.
Vaata konverentsi programmi: http://mps2012.org/programme