Debate: Should the State Promote Virtue? (event archive)

September 13, 2012 by  
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Should government be neutral when it comes to matters of public morality? Is state support of a particular interpretation of the “good life” oppressive? Is public teaching of a moral code indoctrination? CSS held an exclusive screening of a remarkable debate between Roger Scruton (Oxford University) and Roger Pilon (Cato Institute) recorded at the July CSS Summer Leadership Academy. The screening […]

Should Europe’s Energy Future Include Nuclear Power?

June 15, 2011 by  
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The third of the CSS Europe Debate Series focused on European energy security, one of the most important issues that shape national and international policies. The disaster of Fukushima and the recent decision by Germany to shut down its nuclear power plants and turn its energy sector nuclear free, renewed the attention to this decades […]

Book Launch – The Constitution of Liberty (event archive)

May 9, 2011 by  
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Márton Baranyi ( moderated a discussion with our featured speakers András Lánczi (president, Századvég Foundation) and Marion Smith (president, Common Sense Society). They addressed the arguments of our first publication, the Hungarian translation of a book by Matthew Spalding, Az Amerikai Függetlenségi Nyilatkozat és Alkotmány Alapelvei. Click here to read the foreword of the book […]

Principles vs. Interests? Understanding America’s Role in the World

April 20, 2011 by  
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CSS President Marion Smith addressed the issue of “Principles vs Interests” in U.S. Foreign Policy at our Liberty Forum. The discussion featured the United States’ role in international relations from the era of the Founding Fathers, till the Arab Spring and the revolution  in Libya. Recommended readings by Marion Smith: The Myth of American Isolationism […]

Is There an East-West Divide in the European Union? (event archive)

April 12, 2011 by  
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Marion Smith moderated a debate between two young scholars, Gergely Romsics (research fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs) and András Rácz (research fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs), who addressed the economic, cultural and historical differences of the new and old member states. Please visit our program page for more information […]

Marion Smith: Protecting Hungary’s Freedoms

April 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

By reinforcing property rights, economic liberty and an independent judiciary, Budapest can finally complete the regime change of 1989. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has voiced its belief that Hungarians need to return to a philosophy of self-reliance and personal responsibility. Yet this can only happen if the state does not take on […]

The Culture of Philanthropy

March 30, 2011 by  
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Susan Hutchison, the Executive Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund spoke at the Liberty Forum event about philanthropy culture in the United States and Hungary. During the discussion she addressed the philanthropy led political culture and the differences between the US and CEE. Her unique insight through her professional career as a distinguished TV news anchor, […]

Marion Smith: Four Recommendations for Hungary’s Proposed Constitution

March 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

Abstract: Although a free and democratic state after the reforms of 1989, Hungary has never had a legitimate written constitution that unambiguously represents the consent of the governed. In September 2010, the Fidesz–KDNP government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, initiated a constitution drafting process, and on March 14, it formally submitted a draft constitution […]

Marion Smith: Hungary Needs A Constitutional Ratification Convention

March 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

Led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Hungary is finally getting a new constitution. The old one was adopted in 1949 and significantly amended in 1989, leaving Hungary as the only country in the former Eastern Bloc that did not formally adopt a new constitution upon gaining independence. Doing so now is monumentally important. The governing […]

Hungary’s New Constitution: Prospects for the Rule of Law & Liberty in New Europe (event archive)

March 21, 2011 by  
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At this critical juncture, Hungary has the chance to provide a model for proper constitutionalism in Europe.  To fail, in the words of Alexander Hamilton, would be a “general misfortune for mankind.”  Americans are watching with expectation Hungary’s new experiment in establishing good government. The event was co-sponsored by the Hungarian American Coalition and the Heritage […]

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