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Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM)

June 1st 2019 - Madrid, Spain

The Books Of Freedom


The Convention is gathering another year in Madrid to tell a new story: The Books of Freedom

The Books of Freedom is the new story that free market and libertarian think tanks will tell us at the Convention on the 1st of June in Madrid this year.

Our journey will begin with 'Road to Serfdom’, which will take us on a path to discover the main books that have liberated human kind from oppressive ideologies which have tried and are still trying to kill our freedom. Each room at the Convention will have the name of one of these books and each book will host a few freedom fighters’ organisations that will remind us that freedom is always one generation away from extinction. Don’t miss the opportunity to become a freedom fighter and join the resistance against oppression. 

Once more, The Convention - Liberal Festival is organised by New Direction and hosted by the Instituto Juan de Mariana.  Last year 24 organisations partnered with us to deliver a fantastic festival with 21 events and 60 speakers. On the 1st of June this year there will be even more. 

Join us! 

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Our challenge

A global opinion study on attitudes towards capitalism, commissioned by the Legatum Institute in 2015, showed that the 2008 financial crash had seriously undermined support for the capitalist system. People agreed that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer in capitalist societies. This belief is in direct contradiction with the reality, with the proportion of the world’s population living in absolute poverty falling from 37% in 1990 to less than 10% today. The research also revealed widespread support for protectionist policies.

The public mood detected in this research has been explicitly expressed in the political turmoil of recent years. The rise of politicians offering protectionist and anti-market policies in the USA, Britain and the rest of Europe should alarm everyone who believes in free markets, free trade and a free society.

Similarly, developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa continue to cling to the policies which are halting their development, in a misguided attempt to defend their manufacturing industries and an unwarranted fear of multinational corporations.

Politicians listen to public opinion. There has not been a significant trade deal since NAFTA in 1994 and, extraordinarily in peace-time, the volume of international trade is falling in proportionate terms.

The anti-market movement is organised and global. As well as lobby groups, it brings together most aid organisations, development charities and other NGOs. There is, though, no counterweight making the case, worldwide, for the politics that lift the poor whenever they are applied. Public opinion may be against us, but we have the better story to tell.
Our aim is to establish a world-wide agenda for strengthening and developing free markets, and to inspire a new generation of free market supporters. Faced with the current rise of protectionist and authoritarian politics, we believe that the time is ripe for a new free market strategy; which champions the record of free markets in raising living standards across the world and provides a comprehensive reform agenda for the future.

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The Convention will be hosted in Madrid, Europe’s fifth largest city. Madrid provides a fitting location for such a wide-reaching summit, as it serves as a continental bridge to the Americas, and a crossroads between the north, south, east and west of Europe.

The Convention will take place at the new campus of Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM), to gather together the country’s flourishing liberal, free market organisations and to build a hub to network Latin American thinkers with Europe and the developing world.

The UFM, Madrid, Spain and the Spanish language will play a critical role in the future of free market ideas. Spanish is emerging as one of the most important languages in our globalized world and is now one of the main challengers to the predominance of English.

There are approximately 400 million native Spanish speakers in the world, making it the second most widely spoken language, with official language status in twenty-one countries. An additional sixty million people speak Spanish as a second language and it is becoming increasingly popular amongst students learning an additional language. The rapid emergence of Latin American economies means that Spanish language will become ever more important in discussions regarding trade, regulation and the global economy.

To reach the UFM from Madrid you can use the Bus line number 7 from "Alonso Martinez and Line 10 from "Plaza de Castilla" 

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Juan Ramón Rallo PhD

Director of Instituto Juan de Mariana, Spain


Gloria Alvarez

Radio and Television Presenter, Libertarian political commentator


Daniel Hannan MEP

President of IFT, UK


Linda Whetstone

Chairman, Atlas Network

Axel Kaiser

President, Foundation for Progress


Jan Zahradil MEP

ACRE President, Czech Republic


Daniel Lacalle PhD

Economist, Chief investment Officer of Tressis, Spain


María Blanco

Professor of History Economic Thought, Instituto Juan de Mariana


José Ramón Bauzá

Former President of the Government of the Balearic Islands (2011-2015)

Nile Gardiner

Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation


Esperanza Aguirre

President of Madrid Region 2003-2012, Spain


Pedro Schwartz PhD

“Rafael del Pino” Professor of Economics, Spain, OBE

Adam Bartha

Director of EPICENTER Network, UK


Adrián Bernabéu

Entrepreneur and Investor, Blockchain


Alberto Zilio

Director Public Affairs Europe at AT&T. Italy


Almudena Negro

Reporter at La Razón


Alvaro Martín

Ángel Fernández PhD

Author, Economist UCM, Spain

Autumn Campbell

International Programs Coordinator, Leadership Institute


Carlos Cuesta

Radio Presenter, Libertad Digital

Diego Sánchez de la Cruz

CEO Foro Regulación Inteligente, Spain


Eduardo Fernández

Analist at FAES and Professor at UFM


Esteban Montoya

Columnist, Foundation for Progress

Irune Ariño

Regional Director of Students for Liberty, Spain


Javier Benegas

Editor of Disidentia

Jaime Núñez Miller

Partner, Zentank

Javier Fernandez Lasquetty

Spanish Politician

José Carlos Rodríguez

Editor of


Jose Maria Marco

Professor in the Department of International Relations, Comillas Pontifical University

Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Policy Analyst for Latin America, CATO Institute


León Gómez Rivas PhD

Professor of Modern History and Economics, Spain

Luca Bertolleti

European Affairs Manager, Consumer Choice Centre

Naweed Khan

Executive Director of New Direction, UK


Pol Victoria



Rebecca Lowe

Director, FREER


Samuel Vázquez

Coordinator of the Friday Club Madrid and coordinator of the platform "A police for the 21st century"

Silvio Dalla Valle

Volunteer Faculty, Leadership Institute

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June 1st, 2019


Accreditation "Open Doors"


Liberalismus by Ludwig von Mises

Welcome to the Books of Liberalism by The Convention 

  • Juan Ramón Rallo 



Liberalismus by Ludwig von Mises

Killing Poverty By The Convention

Moderated by Silvio Dalla Valle

  • Daniel Hannan             
  • Nile Gardiner                   
  • Axel Kaiser                  
  • Linda Whetstone
  • Daniel Lacalle



The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

Captain Marvel by The Convention 

  • Maria Blanco
  • Gloria Álvarez 


The problem of political authority by Michael Huemer

Freedom of Expression and Censhorship in the new and old media by Instituto Juan De Mariana 

Moderated by Irune Ariño 

  • Almudena Negro
  • Carlos Cuesta 
  • José Carlos Rodríguez 
  • Esteban Montoya 


Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Increasing your social media presence by Leadership Institute 

  • Autumn Campbell 
  • Silvio Dall Valle 


Capitalism by Arthur Seldon

Regulation by Consumer Choice Center 

  • Diego Sánchez de la Cruz
  • Alberto Zilio 
  • Luca Bertoletti 
  • Pau Vila


The Tavern

A Police Force for the XXI Century by El Club de los Viernes

  • Samuel Vázquez


The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

Fixing the Spanish Economy by The Conservatives 

  • Daniel Lacalle 
  • Javier Fernández Lasquetty 


Liberalismus by Ludwig von Mises

A European Union that belong to us By The Convention 

Moderated By Naweed Khan                    

  • Jan Zahardil                                                                
  • José Ramón Bauzá 
  • Alberto Zilio


The Tavern

The fight for the freedom in education by El Club de los Viernes

  • Esperanza Aguirre 


The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

Trade. improving the lifes of the people since the end of XVII century by IFT

Moderated by Daniel Hannan                                    

  • Nile Gardiner                                     
  • Juan Carlos Hidalgo 


The problem of political authority by Michael Huemer

Political Realigment: Time for new Alliances? by Epicenter 

  • Adam Bartha 
  • Rebecca Lowe 


Capitalism by Arthur Seldon

The Miracle of the Market: Making people Freer despite the Goverment by FPP 


Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Event by DEMYC 


The Garden

Be Free, Music, food, ideas and cocktails by The Convention


The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

Champions of Liberty By Centro Diego de Covarrubias 

  • Diego Sánchez de la Cruz 
  • León Gómez Rivas


The Tavern

Role of the media in the birth of new political forces by El Club de los Viernes

Moderated by Roberto Hernández Granda

  • Rafael Núñez Huesca  Cristina Seguí  
  • Javier Benegas 
  • Carlos García-Ovíes


Liberalismus by Ludwig von Mises

Liberal Tribes by The Convention 

Moderated by Maria Blanco

  • Eduardo Fernández Luiña 
  • Jose Maria Marco
  • Juan Ramón Rallo 
  • Daniel Rodríguez Carreiro 


Capitalism by Arthur Seldon

Freedom in one click by The Conservatives 

Moderated by Clara Pascual                       

  • Pol Vitoria                     
  • Jaime Núñez Miller                         
  • Adrián Bernabéu


The problem of political authority by Michael Huemer

 Event by New Direction



Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Event by Institute of International Monetary Research


The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

The Future of Kryptoeconomy by The Zentanek    

Moderated by Pol Vitoria                       

  • Alvaro Martín                       
  • Jaime Núñez Miller 


The Tavern

Liberty Killers: Attacking Liberty since XVI Century by El Club de los Viernes 

  • Ángel Fernández 
  • Vicente Miró 


Liberalismus by Ludwig von Mises


The Best is yet to come by The Convention 

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Interested in politics or economics? Want to learn of the exciting and optimistic future which lies ahead? Then this is the perfect conference for you! Do not miss the opportunity to participate!