The Joy of Liberal Friendship

I’m at the Mont Pelerin Society meeting in Salt Lake City and I have to say that it is a wonderful experience to renew friendships with intelligent and good people from so many countries, all dedicated to the establishment and protection of freedom among independent persons. Life can certainly be depressing when you let it, but few things can revive my spirits as much as meeting friends and colleagues from Iceland, Peru, Japan, Germany, Israel, Iraq, Canada, Mexico, Australia, the USA, Russia, and other countries, all dedicated to the simple system of natural liberty and to peace among free persons. And to have the opportunity to learn from brilliant scholars — people who have cut paths through the thickets of economics, history, law, and philosophy; that is pure joy.