Scruton: Why Are We Unwilling to Defend Western Civilization? [event archive]

September 21, 2016 by   Filed under Events, Liberty Forum

On Wednesday, September 21, CSS held a public forum with British philosopher Roger Scruton on the topic “Why Are We Unwilling to Defend Western Civilization?” at Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum, Vörös Szalon. Sir Roger Scruton is a philosopher, public commentator and author of over 40 books. He has specialized in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He […]

Pivot to the East or Global Rebalancing? (event archive)

March 12, 2015 by   Filed under Events, Liberty Forum

On March 11, 2015 CSS held a joint conference with Political Capital Institute supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on the Political, Economic, and Defense Dimensions of Hungary’s Eastern Opening. Click here to read the live blog of the conference CONFERENCE PROGRAM Date: March 11, 2015, 9.30-15.10 Venue: Duna Palace, 1051 Budapest, Zrínyi u. 5 Language: both English and Hungarian (with continuous interpretation) […]

What Is Liberalism? And Do We Want It? (event archive)

January 27, 2015 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

What is Liberalism? And do we want it? These fundamental questions were at the center of a lively panel discussion hosted by the Common Sense Society at Centrál Kávéház on January 27, featuring speakers M. André Goodfriend, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy, András Lánczi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees […]

The Power of Social Innovation (event archive)

May 20, 2014 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

In cooperation with Civic Enterprises, the Common Sense Society hosted the spring season’s last event, where panelists Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy (Design Terminál), László Radácsi (SmartLab, Budapest Business School), Gábor Grész (Campus Crusade Hungary), and Márton Aichelburg (Civic Enterprises) discussed how civic entrepreneurs ignite community networks for good. The introduction of the represented organizations – which all […]

Parliamentary Elections 2014: Electoral Tactics Under New Rules (event archive)

March 6, 2014 by   Filed under Events, Liberty Forum

New rules of the game, an expanded electorate, heightened international media attention and less than 50 days left until election day in Hungary. How are parties adjusting their campaign strategies to win the hearts and minds of Hungarians the majority of whom remain skeptical or undecided about their choices? Our electoral panel addressed major themes in […]

Public Corruption and the Role of the Judiciary: A Discussion with Judge Edith Jones (event archive)

June 27, 2013 by   Filed under Events, Liberty Forum

Corruption is the enemy of the public good, but the inevitable product of human failings. What can the judiciary, especially in self-governing societies, do to root out and deter corruption? Judge Jones discussed the answers  found in the U.S. Constitution and in recent cases that have come to her court and other courts in the […]

Screening of “Debtocracy” (event archive)

April 5, 2013 by   Filed under Events, Liberty Forum

CSS hosted a film screening and discussion of Debtocracy, a documentary film by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou about the causes of the Greek debt crisis in 2010. What was the role of the Greek government, the IMF and the European Central Bank or the population of Greece in the formation of the current situation? […]

Higher Education Debate (event archive)

February 14, 2013 by   Filed under Events, Liberty Forum

CSS hosted a public debate on the resolution: “This House believes that higher education is a privilege, not a right.” For decades in Hungary, tuition-free higher education has been the normal experience for millions of students. At the same time universities are severely underfunded, professors are underpaid, and the quality of university education in most fields […]

Memory, History, and Extremism (event archive)

November 29, 2012 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

What are the differences between patriotism, nationalism, and extremism? What is the proper place of historical remembrance and respect for national heritage in a post-Communist era? CSS President Marion Smith hosted a distinguished panel of Iván Zoltán Dénes (István Bibó Center), Ferenc Laczó (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany) and Miklós Zeidler (ELTE University, Budapest)  for a lively discussion of Hungarian history and Hungarian national […]

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

September 13, 2012 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

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 […]

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