The John Bonython Lecture

Capitalism and Virtue: Reaffirming Old Truths - Dr Charles Murray 19 NOVEMBER 2012

The John Bonython Lecture | Hilton Hotel Sydney |

Is capitalism Coming Apart? Eminent American political scientist, best-selling author and libertarian of note Dr Charles Murray will discuss the image problem dogging capitalism in the Annual John Bonython Lecture.   Read More...

PROFESSOR FRANK FUREDI on Leadership Liberty and the Crisis of Authority

The John Bonython Lecture | The Westin Hotel, Sydney |

Join friends and supporters of The Centre for Independent Studies for the annual CIS Gala Dinner and John Bonython Lecture. This year's address will be delivered by eminent UK sociologist and media commentator Professor Frank Furedi.   Read More...

PROFESSOR NIALL FERGUSON - Empires on the Edge of Chaos.

The John Bonython Lecture | Four Seasons Hotel, The Grand Ballroom |

The Annual John Bonython Lecture and Gala Dinner. The Board and staff of The Centre for Independent Studies warmly invite you to an evening with brilliant economic historian, Professor Niall Ferguson. Described by the California Literary Review as “hot – about as hot as a historian can get”, the best-selling author will discuss the complexity behind great national powers when he delivers the Centre’s annual John Bonython lecture.   Read More...

P.J.O'ROURKE - Invisible Hand versus Visible Fist: Securing the Future Wealth of Nations.

The John Bonython Lecture | The Big Top, Luna Park |

In a toast to the wisdom of Adam Smith, O’Rourke will offer some humour and hope on the dark subject of the financial crisis, with the razor-sharp commentary and wit that are his trademarks.   Read More...

DR ARTHUR HERMAN - History as the Story of Liberty: A Globalised Western Civilisation

The John Bonython Lecture | Park Hyatt |

A world that seems on the brink of disaster, looks very different seventy years, or even a decade later. This is a key theme of the whole of European and western history: change is constant and constantly shifts our perspective   Read More...

PROFESSOR LAWRENCE MEAD - Anglo Primacy at the End of History: The Deep Roots of Power

The John Bonython Lecture | Sofitel Wentworth |

Professor Lawrence Mead from New York University will discuss his latest thoughts on what makes major English speaking countries so globally powerful. “Whether the United States should lead the world is much debated. But American primacy in some form is unavoidable.….Only the Anglo nations possess all the ingredients of power—economic, military and moral. They are fated to lead the world—and to bear heavy burdens for the less fortunate.” Lawrence Mead   Read More...

JOHAN NORBERG - The Wealth of Generations: Capitalism and the Belief in the Future

The John Bonython Lecture | Sofitel Wentworth |

In this lecture, with optimism and humour, Johan Norberg looks forward to a future which can only improve with greater freedom, increased knowledge, wealth and technology on our side.   Read More...

ROBERT KAGAN - The Crisis of Legitimacy: America and the World

The John Bonython Lecture | Park Hyatt |

What kind of world order do we want?" asked Joschka Fischer , Germany 's foreign minister, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. That this question remains on the minds of many Europeans today is a telling sign of the differences that separate the two sides of the Atlantic -- because most Americans have not pondered the question of world order since the war.  Robert Kagan discusses America and the world   Read More...

DR JOSEF JOFFE - Gulliver Unbound: Can America Rule the World?

The John Bonython Lecture | Sheraton Wentworth |

21st century America is the Gulliver of modern times.  Nonetheless, as international relationsscholar Josef Joffe reminds us history and theory suggest that this cannot last. Power always begets counter-power, usually by way of coalitions and alliances among lesser players.   Read More...

PROFESSOR FRANCIS FUKUYAMA - Has History Restarted Since September 11?

The John Bonython Lecture | Park Hyatt |

Like many Americans, I have been preoccupied since September 11 trying to understand the meaning of this event and how the world has changed as a result of it. An accounting has been demanded of me in particular, since I argued 12 years ago that we had reached the ‘end of history’. September 11 would seem to qualify, prima facie, as an historical event, and the fact that it was perpetrated by a group of Islamic terrorists who reject virtually all aspects of the modern, Western world, lends credence, at least on the surface, to Samuel Huntington’s ‘clash of civilisations’ hypothesis.   Read More...

PROFESSOR LAUCHLAN CHIPMAN - What Governments Can't Know: The Knowledge Economy and the Market

The John Bonython Lecture | The Art Gallery of NSW |

Are governments well placed to foster the infusion of different types of complex knowledge to create new or better goods and services?   Read More...

ANNE KRUEGER - Trading Phobias Governments, NGOs and the Multilateral System

The John Bonython Lecture | Grand Hyatt |

A society's prosperity depends on its families. But demographic changes, ideological attack and government policies have undermined the family in the West.   Read More...

DR JERRY JORDAN - The End of Chaos? Global Markets in the Information Era

The John Bonython Lecture | Sheraton on the Park |

The 16th Annual John Bonython Lecturer, Dr Jerry Jordan, argues that markets will be at the heart of a 21st century order - an age of markets.   Read More...

VACLAV KLAUS -Dismantling Socialism: A Preliminary Report

The John Bonython Lecture | The Regent |

In the Eighth John Bonython Lecture,Vaclav Klaus, then Finance Minister of Czechoslvakia, gives an account of his government's attempts to move away from a socialist system towards a free-enterprise system.   Read More...

ANTONIO MARTINO - The Modern Mask of Socialism

The John Bonython Lecture | Grand Hyatt |

Italian politician Antonio Martino argues that socialism in the old sense of nationalisation and central planning may be dead, but that new challenges to freedom have arisen in its place.   Read More...

PROFESSOR JAMES Q WILSON - The Morality of Capitalism

The John Bonython Lecture | Hilton Hotel Sydney |

Capitalism is winning the economic battle all over the world. The collapse of socialism has left it without serious challenge as a wealth-creating system. But moral criticism of capitalism continues.   Read More...

PROFESSOR RAY BALL - Institutions of Innovation and Prosperity

The John Bonython Lecture | Grand Hyatt |

Western nations benefit from social institutions that create prosperity & liberty. Our future prosperity depends on avoiding the temptation to believe we can bring greater prosperity by interfering with the processes of institutional innovation.   Read More...

BRIGETTE BERGER - The Social Roots of Prosperity

The John Bonython Lecture | ANA Hotel |

A society's prosperity depends on its families. But demographic changes, ideological attack and government policies have undermined the family in the West.   Read More...

RUPERT MURDOCH - The Century of Networking

The John Bonython Lecture | Park Hyatt |

Ladies and gentlemen, in this century of bursting bombs, I like to think that we are doing our part, however humble and mundane to free that crystal spirit.  Rupert Murdoch   Read More...

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA - Questions of Conquest and Culture

The John Bonython Lecture | The Park Lane |

The key question is: ‘Can these cultures become modern and overcome oppression while conserving…fundamental elements of their language, beliefs and traditions?’   Read More...

KENNETH R. MINOGUE - How Much Justice Does A Society Need?

The John Bonython Lecture | The Regent |

Hard-headed people often say that perfect justice is impossible, merely a dream. the philosopher Kant wrote that nothing perfect could ever be made of mankind's crooked timber.   Read More...

PROFESSOR JAMES BUCHANAN - Socialism is Dead But Leviathan Lives On

The John Bonython Lecture | Sheraton Wentworth |

Recognizing the limits in order to avoid harm is as important as recognizing the potential that may be achieved within those limits.   Read More...

PETER T BAUER - Economic Control or Economic Development?

The John Bonython Lecture | The Victorian Arts Centre |

The performance of the basic tasks of government does not provide rulers with the same hold over their subjects as does close economic control or so-called development planning. This may indeed be the reason why so many LDC governments prefer state control to attention their basic tasks. They aim to plan but do not govern.   Read More...

PROFESSOR THOMAS SOWELL - Endangered Freedom

The John Bonython Lecture | Hotel Intercontinental |

In the fifth John Bonython Lecture, Thomas Sowell argues that public life in Western countries is blighted by an ‘unconstrained vision’ of man and society.   Read More...

SHIRLEY ROBIN LETWIN - Law and Liberty

The John Bonython Lecture | The Victorian Arts Centre |

In the fourth John Bonython Lecture, Shirley Letwin analyses the way in which the rule of law sustains individual liberty and a free society.   Read More...

RALPH HARRIS - The Enemies of Progress

The John Bonython Lecture | Hilton Hotel Sydney |

Why is it that politicians of all parties still shrink from giving enterprise, competition and consumer choice their head so as to spread increasing bounty ever more widely?   Read More...

PROFESSOR R.M. HARTWELL - The Anti-Capitalist Mentality: Post Mortem for an Ideology

The John Bonython Lecture | The Victorian Arts Centre |

In the 2nd John Bonython Lecture Professor Hartwell traces the history of the anti-capitalist mentality back to myths surrounding the Industrial Revolution in England.   Read More...

DR ISRAEL KIRZNER - The Role of the Entrepreneur in the Economic System

The John Bonython Lecture | To be advised |

In the Inaugural John Bonython lecture, Israel Kirzner strongly defends the entrepreneur's role in keeping our economy healthy and vigorous.   Read More...