Guatemala City (Guatemala)


Rising from the Crisis:

Advancing the future of the free society

November 14 - 18, 2021

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Dear Friends, 

Welcome to the MPS2021 Special Meeting! We are very pleased to announce that this year’s meeting will be held at Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City, from November 15 to 18, 2021. This event, which will take place in the context of UFM’s 50th anniversary, will be an opportunity to engage in a discussion about the causes of the current crisis and explore effective responses to the challenges ahead.

Since the last time we saw each other, the free society has been facing mounting and multiplying attacks. An increasing rejection of civilization’s central values has fueled this new crisis, but as we know, the future is not written in stone. It will depend on us as to whether we are moving toward a society in which lives are ever more controlled by politicians and state bureaucracies, or if, on the contrary, we are heading toward a freer society.

The progress of humanity and the ability to overcome crises have been possible thanks to people who have committed themselves to advance freedom, even at the risk of challenging the status quo, conventions, and what is politically correct. Ideas have consequences, and as intellectuals engaged in the preservation and improvement of the free society, we can have a lasting impact on the future of our civilization. If we aim to succeed in this noble goal, we need to double our efforts to do holistic analyses and to increase our capacity to introduce ideas in the wider social conversation. 

That is why we are excited to host this special meeting with the theme: Rising from the Crisis: Advancing the Future of the Free Society, which will offer a space to dialogue and foster mutual learning among us at a time when it is most needed. 

For us at Universidad Francisco Marroquin, this event will also mark the very special occasion of our 50th anniversary. As many of you know, UFM emerged from the vision of a group of young entrepreneurs, rebellious innovators, in response to a crisis of reason that was reflected in the academic, political, and economic spheres. They were inspired and encouraged by members of the MPS who gave them their unconditional and enthusiastic support. As Manuel F. Ayau mentioned: “If the Mont Pelerin Society hadn't existed, we would probably have discarded the idea of founding a university." For this reason, we are thrilled to open our doors to all of you who continue to advance the aims of the Mont Pelerin Society. 

As the lives of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Michael Polanyi, Bruno Leoni, and so many others remind us, the future of freedom is in the hands of those who dare to defend it at the times when it is most questioned. We are at just such a juncture where it is essential to create the space for mutual, interdisciplinary, and candid learning established by the Mont Pelerin Society’s founders. 

We look forward to seeing you soon and engage in a productive and necessary dialogue for the free society!

Gabriel Calzada
Chair of the Organizing Committee
President, Universidad Francisco Marroquín