12 Sep 2012: Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism by Dr Nigel Ashford

Nigel Ashford on Classical Liberalism

Presented with the support of FilmStudyGroup.org and the Institute for Humane Studies.

At our next session of the Sydney Film Study Group, we will view a recorded lecture by Dr Nigel Ashford: Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism.

Date: Wednesday, 12 September 2012

When: 6.30pm (doors open). Session: 7.00pm—9.00pm

Where: 19 Whiting Street, Artarmon, Sydney

RSVP is required to David Prichard by email or SMS 0411 527 612. Guests and first time attendees are welcome!

The evening will follow the Film Study Group format, with a moderated discussion after the documentary screening.

About the talk

Five broad Schools of Thought are explored by Dr. Nigel Ashford:

Milton Friedman and the Chicago School
Public Choice Theory
Austrian School (eg. Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek)
Natural Rights (eg. Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick)
Anarcho-Capitalism (eg. Murray Rothbard, David Friedman)

Dr. Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies.

He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. Dr. Ashford has also directed the Principles for a Free Society Project at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden, and was a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Social and Philosophy Policy Center in Bowling Green.

He is a recipient of the International Anthony Fisher Trust Prize for published work which strengthens public understanding of the political economy of the free society.

Dr. Ashford was also Chairman of the American Politics Group of the United Kingdom.

He is author of Principles for a Free Society (Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, 1999, 2003), which is available in six languages. He is co-author of US Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 1999); Public Policy and the Impact of the New Right (St Martin’s Press, 1994) and A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991), and numerous articles on how ideas influence US politics.


Events are open to members and their guests, including guests that the President may sign in at the door. Guests are welcome! The membership fee is $5 to cover the remainder of 2012. Members are not required to attend any minimum number of events. Members and their guests may bring their own food and (strictly non-alcoholic) beverages. Non-members are welcome to attend as a guest of a member for one session only. Members will take responsibility for their guests and all participants must treat the venue and other members with courtesy.