The Young Americans for Liberty of the state of Indiana were proud to host Austrian Economist, Mises Senior Faculty Member, and Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair of Economics holder, Dr. Walter Block. Dr. Block first gave a lecture at Indiana University-Bloomington on “Free Market Environmentalism” on the evening of March 30, traveled to Indiana University-Kokomo to present “Minimum Wage and Unions” on March 31 in the afternoon, then finished his speaking tour at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN presenting, “The Case Against Egalitarianism.”
In all, we had over 90 attendees during the two days and received positive feedback after his speech. It took a lot of coordination, fundraising, and labor, but the events went extremely well at all three locations.
This event would not have been possible if it were not for the first state YAL conference that Purdue hosted in late November 2010, where Indiana YAL members in attendance first conceived of the idea of having a prominent speaker tour Hoosier Universities to help us spread the message of freedom and liberty at our respective schools. We all pooled our unique resources together and pulled off three wonderful events within two days. I think I speak on behalf of everyone involved when I say it was great to connect with people outside our own chapters to unite and achieve a common goal. After our last state conference at Indiana University-Bloomington, I cannot wait to get to work on semester’s projects and meet again at IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Unfortunately, we were only able to tape Dr. Block’s speeches at IUB and Purdue, but the links for the videos are posted below:
- “Free Market Environmentalism” (wait for the commercial then skip to 10:40 for the beginning)
- “The Case Against Equality”
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4