Book Discussion on Civilization: The West and the Rest by N. Ferguson

December 24, 2016 by   Filed under Reading Group

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 CSS held a book discussion on the chapter “Competition” from Niall Ferguson’s book Civilization: The West and the Rest. The discussion was led by Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy, director of Design Terminal Niall Ferguson is a British historian from Scotland relating to the fields of economic history. He is a  Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and a […]

Reading Group: Two Concepts of Liberty by Isaiah Berlin

March 2, 2015 by   Filed under Reading Group

On Thursday, February 26 the Common Sense Society hosted a Reading Group featuring “Two Concepts of Liberty” by Isaiah Berlin. “Isaiah Berlin (1909–97) was a British philosopher, historian of ideas, political theorist, educator and essayist. For much of his life he was renowned for his conversational brilliance, his defence of liberalism, his attacks on political […]

Book Discussion of George Orwell’s 1984 (event archive)

April 25, 2013 by   Filed under Events, Reading Group

A lively  discussion of George Orwell’s book, 1984 moderated by Dr. Tibor Mándi (ELTE). Eric Arthur Blair (1903 –1950) known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, political writer and journalist. He was born in British India, raised in England, served as an imperial policemen in Burma, and lived in the poorest parts […]

Reading Group: Machiavelli’s The Prince

January 30, 2012 by   Filed under Reading Group

Machiavelli’s 16th century advice to the young ruler is a classic work about the relationship between power and politics, both personal and popular, as well as about the shifting understandings of virtue, vices, and fortune.  CSS president Marion Smith moderated a discussion of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. The book is available online in Hungarian (A fejedelem) here and in English here.

Empowering workers in Chile by Jose Pinera

March 16, 2011 by   Filed under Reading Group

András Simonovits (research advisor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), our guest expert on pension systems around the world and in Hungary moerated a discussion on Jose Piñera’s study on the lessons of  Chile’s successful private pension system. With the help of the pension reform, Chile managed to defeat poverty in a free society and could grow beyond […]

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

June 21, 2010 by   Filed under Reading Group

A discussion of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy In America, Vol. II, Book 3: “Influence of Democracy on Manners, Properly So Called” led by Randy Grinnan. Reading Group discussions are held monthly in English and last approximately 1.5 hours.

The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

March 1, 2010 by   Filed under Reading Group

Lead by Tibor Mándi, CSS membes discussed the relevance of natural law and the regulatory role of the state in a democratic society.

The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek

February 1, 2010 by   Filed under Reading Group

Lead by Márton Baranyi, CSS members discussed how the idea of the free market economy influences society and how classical liberalism is relevant in times of economic crisis.