#EconlibReads offers reading groups on a regular basis. Each Group will focus on a particular topic, and a common set of readings will form the basis for our discussions. Our sister sites, AdamSmithWorks and the Online Library of Liberty offer similar groups.

Participation is offered at no-cost, and there is no need to be an expert on the topic for discussion! In fact, these reading groups are designed to be appropriate for people engaging with the topic at hand for the first time as well as for established scholars. The only requirement is that participants be eager to read and engage in civil conversation.


November-December VRG: Steve Horwitz’s Hayek’s Modern Family, with Amy Willis

“Scholars within the Hayekian-Austrian tradition of classical liberalism have done virtually no work on the family as an economic and social institution…[Horwitz] offers a classical liberal theory of the family, taking Hayekian social theory as the main analytical framework.” Join us to discuss what Horwitz considered to be one of his finest scholarly achievements over four sessions, led by Econlib’s Amy Willis.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants will need to acquire their own copies of Horwitz’s book. Participants who complete ALL FOUR sessions will receive an Amazon e-gift certificate.

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Readings and Sessions are as follows:

Session One (Monday, November 29, 2-3pm EST):  Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions

Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions, Part I (pp. 3-48)

Session Two (Wednesday, December 1, 2-3 pm EST):  Capitalism and the Creation of the Modern Family

Hayek’s Modern Family, Part II (pp. 51-134)

Session Three (Monday, December 6, 2-3pm EST):  The Twenty-First Century Family

Hayek’s Modern Family, Part III (pp.137- 205)

Session Four (Wednesday, December 8, 2-3pm EST):  Classical Liberalism and Family Policy

Hayek’s Modern Family, Part IV (pp. 209-264)




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