Estonia liberated itself from the socialist regime of the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Radical and comprehensive liberal reforms succeeded in turning the country around and establishing a free and flourishing economy positioned among the world leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. However, well-intentioned government interventions and regulations seem to be piling up again, often disregarding potential impacts on economic freedom and development. What are the non-intended consequences of the increase in government intervention in the economy? Does ever-rising intervention lead back to socialism, or does it already represent outright socialism? Have we forgotten our lessons from the past?
The Free Market Roadshow, organized by the Austrian Economics Centre and the Hayek Institute in Vienna, visits Tallinn virtually with the collaboration of local partner EBS’s Centre for Free Economic Thought. The event puts together an exciting panel of top intellectuals to elaborate on lessons learned from post-socialist transitions characterized by high degrees of uncertainty and complexity, the current tension between desirable liberal policies and opposing restrictive measures intended to contain the spread of COVID-19, and the potential re-enactment of the collapse of the Soviet regime in the 1980s but this time on a global scale.
The panelists include EBS’s Rector professor Meelis Kitsing, Edmund Burke’s Society’s founder president Hardo Pajula, and Ratio Institute’s founder president Nils Karlson. The event will be moderated by Austrian Economic Centre’s research coordinator Kai Weiss.
The event will take place on 28 April 2021 at 18:30 Estonian time.
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