Monday, July 19, 2010

Tom Palmer in Manila

A known libertarian intellectual, Dr. Tom G. Palmer (, Vice President for International Relations of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation ( and Senior Fellow at Cato Institute (, came to Manila late last week.

Tom has been visiting a number of Asian countries to meet new people, especially liberty-oriented guys. More than a month ago, he went to 3 Central Asian countries -- Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan. This month, he visited Japan, Philippines and China.

His schedule in Manila was last July 15 to 17, flying out on the 18th (yesterday) to Xiamen, China. His aide, Jude Blanchette, accompanied him. Jude asked if I could arrange for Tom's schedule on July 15 and 16. I thought of bringing Tom to several universities in the Philippines to talk about individual liberty, free market, rule of law, and related topics.

Below are the places that I arranged for Tom's talk.

1. July 15, Thurs, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus.
4-6pm, Third World Studies Center (TWSC) conference room, UP
"Individual rights and free market"
Sponsored by: UP TWSC and UP Political Science Department

Pictures of the event are posted here,

2. July 15, 7pm
Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Manila office
"Liberty, Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law"

Pictures and presentation material should be posted within the week at their website,

3. July 16, 9-11am
University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila
"Liberty, Individualn rights and Rule of law in the aftermath of the global economic crisis"

Co-sponsored by the UST:
Social Research Center (SRC),
Social Science Department,
Artlets Economics Society

4. July 16, 2:30-4pm
University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
"US crisis, the role of bail-outs and free trade"

I am very thankful to the following coordinators for the above events:

1. TWSC and Pol Sci -- Dr. Ela Atienza, Director of TWSC and Professor of Political Science, and Elinor, TWSC staff.
2. FNF -- Minnie Salao and Dorothy Salvador
3. UST -- Dr. Alvin Ang, Professor of Economics and former Director, SRC
4. UA&P -- Dr. George Manzano, Professor of Economics.

Thank you all guys!

I will post more details about the above events in the coming days.

And thanks again, Tom and Jude, for visiting us in Manila. Tom's theoretical discussion about individual rights, limited government and free market were very enlightening to the audience, especially to university students.

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