The 4th Adam Smith Forum organized jointly by the Libertarian Party of Russia and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and given over to a discussion of ideas of economic and personal freedom, took place in Moscow on Oct. 20, 2012, this time housed in the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Topics on the forum agenda included the morality of capitalism, antitrust legislation, city traffic and other urban issues, the experience of Georgian reforms and the EU political and economic crisis.
Introductory remarks by the LPR Vice Chairman Yury Polozov, Sergey Zuyev, the rector of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Science and the Head of the Moscow Branch of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Wolfgang Jon.
Section One, ‘Moral Sentiments’
Panel discussion entitled ‘The Morality of Capitalism’. Thesis: Since the principal implication of capitalism is the right of a proprietor to use his own property as he sees fit, including, for example, the right to destroy artistic objects that belong to him, capitalism is often charged with being fraught with ‘moral problems’.
Moderator: Vadim Novikov.
‘The Seven Virtues of Capitalism’
Tom Palmer, Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University.
‘Capitalism: The History of a Word; Free-Market Capitalism vs. Crony Capitalism’
Bojidar Marinov, columnist with American Vision; missionary, Bulgarian Reformation Ministries
‘The Rhetoric at the Heart of Capitalism and the Ethics at the Heart of that Rhetoric’. Mr. Marinov also introduced the idea of the leading role of Calvinism in the development of the capitalist ethics, causing much controversy among the panelists.
Maxim Trudolyubov, ‘Vedomosti’ daily.
‘Modern Russian Government: A Seller’s Market’
For the first time the Forum included parallel sections: Political Rhetoric and The Wealth of Nations
‘The Wealth of Nations’
Moderator: Alexander Rakviashvili, PhD., Moscow State University
‘Anti-Trust Enforcement: Error Rate’
Alexey Ulyanov, Development Director, National Association of Procurement Institutions.
‘Anti-Trust Legislation in Russia’
Vladimir Nazarov, research fellow, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy
‘Pension Reform in Russia’. How to encourage future pension recipients to take … The transition to private pensions: foreign countries’ experience.
Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
‘Publicly Held Debt and the Concept of Welfare State’
Irina Starodubovskaya, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy
‘Reforms in Georgia: Libertarian or Not?’
Alexander Talonov, Professor, Ph.D Economics Head, Chair of Real Estate Management, State University of Management
‘Modern Urbanism: A Libertarian Perspective’
Moderator: Andrey Shalnev, Chairman, Libertarian Party of Russia
Sascha Tamm, Friedrich Naumann FoundationLiberal Institute, Germany
‘What’s the Trouble with the Euro?’
Andrey Babitsky, editor, ‘Esquire’
‘Russian Political Protest: The Liberal Agenda’
Igor Drandin, the Democratic Choice Party
‘October 14, 2012: Regional Elections in Russia’. Liberals should have devoted more energy to their outreach work with the prospective voter.
Alexey Titkov, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
‘Adam Smith’s Moral Sentiments in the Context of Civil Protest in Russia’
Sergey Boyko, Libertarian Party of Russia
‘Political Marketing & the Liberal Ghetto in Russia’
Vera Kichanova, Municipal Deputy, member of the Libertarian Party of Russia
‘Electoral Campaign at the Municipal Level: Clearing Government-Made Hurdles’
Mark Feygin, lawyer, solicitor during the Pussy Riot trial
‘Today’s 20-somethings: The Revolutionary Agenda’
The Forum was being broadcast online and could be followed live on Twitter (#smithforum was among the top-viewed hashtags on Oct. 20).
During the Forum, the publishing houses ‘Socium’ and ‘Delo’ presented some books on politics, economics and philosophy as well as the newly translated into Russian The Morality of Capitalism, edited by Tom Palmer. Ideas for the Free Society CDs were distributed among the audience.