September 19, 2018 Print

The Center for Institutional Analysis and Development – Eleutheria (CADI) is hosting its conference “The Minimal State Solution for Romania” in the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania October 23rd through the 27th. This is the 2018 iteration of CADI’s “October School in Philosophy, Economics and Politics”. 

“Some previous editions of our event have targeted graduate students, [the 2018 conference] aims at a more general public,” explained CADI executive director, Paul Horia Terpe. “We want to familiarize both graduate and undergraduate students [millenials] with state minimization as a solution to Romania's political and economic problems, with freedom and spontaneous orders as preferable to top-down state planning.” 

The application deadline is September 30th for those outside of Romania and October 7th for Romanians. If accepted, those interested in attending must register by October 15th.  You can apply to register for the conference and find out all of the details by following the instructions here.

Through presentations such as “Why the State Should be Minimal and How to Get There,” “Must We Obey the Law,” and “How can the Minimal State Replace Poverty with Prosperity?” conference attendees will learn about the importance of free markets, small government, and property rights and how they can be better incorporated into the Romanian government and society.  Some of the speakers include the president of the Institute for Economic Study — Europe Pierre Garello, Istituto Bruno Leoni Director General Alberto Mingardi, and the editor and director of, Aaron Ross Powell. 

“The main impact of our conference will be structured around our stakeholders: high school and university level students (both undergraduate and graduate) who, during the 5 days of the conference, will be exposed to a series of lectures and debates delivered by established professors, researchers and free market advocates with both international and national credentials,” continued Horia Terpe.

As a former member of the Soviet Union, Romania has recent experience with the destructive consequences of an all-encroaching state. Even after the fall of the of the USSR corruption and cronyism have been parts of everyday Romanian politics. This sparked a recent wave of pro-free market campaigns.

“Following the biggest anti-government protests in our country’s modern history in February 2017, there is a need on the market of ideas for organizations seeking to promote liberty, free minds, free markets and the virtues of entrepreneurship to young stakeholders before statist and leftist ideas win this intellectual battle,” continued Horia Terpe.

While there have been positive changes recently, vigilance is always needed to advance and protect liberty.

“This trajectory is hindered by the fact that some Romanians regret the economic and social security they used to (believe) they had in the years of Communism,” continued Horia Terpe.“More worryingly, millennials sometimes view free market ideas with scepticism or with a full-fledged opposition. While statistics show that people are, in fact, doing better than ever, they perceive their situation quite differently and they generally vote for politicians who place restrictions on the market in the form of regulations or cronyism.”

By educating the youngest generation, Horia Terpehopes to generate a systemic case for a small state, rule of law, and market-based solutions. 

“Participants’ initial exposure to free market ideas will have a domino effect as these ideas will spread in their social circles from formal or informal contexts ... on the long run we wish for this young generation of students to get involved in the free market movement or to support individual freedom wherever they may work and live,” Horia Terpe concluded.

Atlas Network is proud to partner with CADI as a sponsor of the conference; another Atlas partner — the Institute for Economic Study — Europe is also a sponsor of the conference.