Populism, Markets, and Political Economy
October 18-19, 2019
McLean, Virginia


Conservatives and classical liberals in America and elsewhere are increasingly divided around questions of political economy.  After a long period in which support for market economies formed part of the right’s agenda for change, more conservatives and even some classical liberals are questioning the economic, cultural, and political implications of free markets.  What does this growing division mean for the right? What does it mean for the relationship between conservatives, classical liberals, and libertarians?  Is it possible to agree to disagree?  Can the case for free markets be reinvigorated within American conservatism?

We are pleased that our meeting will conclude on Saturday with a special reception and film screening hosted by Liberty Fund.

 An Animal That Trades is a new, five-part live action documentary film series produced by Liberty Fund, with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. The film explores the life, works, and contemporary relevance of Adam Smith, and was filmed on location in California, Chicago, Scotland, South Korea, India, Ethiopia, and the Philippines.  


Friday, October 18
4:00 - 6:00 Registration
6:00 - 7:00 Fellowship Orientation
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner
Introduction of Populism, Markets, and Political Economy
Introduction of William McGurn
Keynote Address
Saturday, October 19
8:30 - 10:00 Immigration and America
Immigration and America - Panel Introduction
David Azerrad, The Heritage Foundation
Alex Nowrestah, Cato Institute
10:30 - 12:00 Populism and Cronyism in a Free Society--A Conversation
Chairman: James Hartley, Mount Holyoke College
Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center
Jim Antle, The American Conservative
12:00 - 1:30 Networking Luncheon
1:30 - 3:00 America in the World
America in the World - Panel Introduction
Philip Booth, St. Mary’s University, UK
Scott Lincicome, CATO Institute
Julius Krein, American Affairs
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00 Conservatism and the Coming Economy
Chairman: Michael Maibach, Center for the Electoral College
Dylan Pahman, Acton Institute
Daniel McCarthy, Modern Age
5:00 - 7:00 Special Reception and Film Screening of An Animal That Trades, Hosted by Liberty Fund