Lectures
Mikhail Svetov and Pavel Usanov on principals of libertarianism, freedom and human rights in Russia, and on history of economic thought
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Adam Smith Center holds lectures all over Russia. Most of the lectures were delivered by Mikhail Svetov – a member of the Adam Smith Center and the author of a famous libertarian YouTube channel SVTV (with more than 100,000 subscribers). During the year he has traveled to many cities in Russia with the lectures he prepared for the open-minded people who share liberal values and seek for in-depth understanding of libertarian ideas and politics in Russia.

In the lecture "Propaganda Techniques in 21 Century", Mikhail talks about the skills of successful persuasion and the secrets of political rhetoric. He also tells how libertarians can use populist rhetoric, such as the word "social justice" so that their ideas will find a reflection in the values of the public.

In the lecture "Cryptocurrencies and the Future of the Global Financial Industry", Mikhail describes how the state seeks to control the financial flows of it's citizens, and how can we avoid government surveillance thanks to the blockchain system and cryptocurrencies.

Lecture "Libertarianism in one Lesson" is devoted to the basic principles of libertarian political philosophy. Mikhail tells about modern libertarian theory, it's philosophical roots, and answers the question: how personal liberties and free market are able to successfully respond to the social and economic crisis that Russia faces today.

In the lecture "Why We Shouldn't Trust The Government" Mikhail explains why liberty is beneficial for people of different incomes and for those who share different views – for progressives and conservatives, nationalists and feminists, believers and atheists. He describes how under the guise of protecting the interests of different groups, political elites pass laws that erode the constitutional foundations of liberal democracies, destroy the principals of limited government, free market, and rule of law.

In the lecture "Upheaval of Nomenklatura in the 90s" Mikhail talks about the reasons of the failure of liberal reforms that took place after the collapse of USSR in the 90s. He explains the nessasity of lustrations and answer the question, why the oppressive regime could not has changed, and why former KGB agents and members of the ruling political party (CPSU) still remain in power.

Lecture "New Federalism" is devoted to the importance of federalism, the development of regional (provincial) governments and the principle of separation of powers. Mikhail explains the Russian Federation has no actual federalism, why our regions and cities, should have more financial and political rights and opportunities.
Our second speaker is Pavel Usanov – the author of well-known lecture courses on economics, the history of economic thought and on the Austrian school of economics as well as one of the organizers of six conferences "Capitalism and Freedom" in St. Petersburg. On 17 of November, Pavel presented his new book "Economic Theory in Retrospect" in Moscow. The significant part of his presentation was dedicated to the ideas of the Austrian school of economic thought, he especially focused on the idea of spontaneous order.

He gave examples and analyzed various cases of efficient social self-organization that helped particular society to solve various problems without the help of the state. For example, he described internal rules and "laws" that were formed in the community of sea pirates. He also emphasized that an economist has to ask even the most inconvenient and unusual questions, ones that can be seen "at the very edge" of reason and common sense. That kind of "radical" questions will help us to examine institutions and practices that we take for granted and will help us to understand how economics and society works.
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Pavel Usanov
Moscow, 17 November 2018
Economic Theory in Retrospect. Lecture
Pavel Usanov
Moscow, 17 November 2018
Economic Theory in Retrospect. Lecture
Pavel Usanov
Moscow, 17 November 2018
Economic Theory in Retrospect.
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Mikhail Svetov
Barnaul, August 21
Why We Shouldn't Trust The Government
Mikhail Svetov
Kemerovo, August 20
Why We Shouldn't Trust The Government
Mikhail Svetov
Vladivostok, October 13
New Federalism

Mikhail Svetov
Khabarovsk, October 17
The Nomenklatura Upheaval in 90s

Mikhail Svetov
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, October 20
Why We Shouldn't Trust The Government
Mikhail Svetov
Rostov-on-Don, November 22, 2018
Cryptocurrencies and the Future of Global Financial System
Mikhail Svetov
Volgograd, November 17
Libertarianism in One Lesson
Mikhail Svetov
Astrakhan, November 20
Propaganda Techniques in 21 Century
Mikhail Svetov
Saratov, November 24
Libertarianism in One Lesson
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