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FMRS Amsterdam – Program

Freedom under pressure

Freedom has been under pressure in the Netherlands since it gave birth to the free market in 1602: the year the East India Company officially became the world’s first publicly traded company, when it released shares on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.  The modern-day economy was born.

From that moment on the Netherlands became the largest economy in the world for almost a century and their influence was felt everywhere and the idea of this new economy traveled from England to the United States, establishing freer and more prosperous times. A small country like the Netherlands was a model for the world.

But the tide is turning, and voters and politicians forgot what made the Netherlands great. Like most western countries we battle with illiberal policies and parties gaining popularity. This has been exacerbated the last two years with the corona pandemic and recently the conflict between Russia, Ukraine and the west.

FMRS Amsterdam – Program


Robert Valentine, Netherlands Institute for Praxeology

2:00pm – 2:05pm Welcome Words
2:05pm – 2:35pm Keynote

Stop living for staying alive

  • Barbara Kolm, Austrian Central bank, Austrian Economics Center
2:35pm – 3:05pm Keynote

The world´s disorder

3:05pm – 3:35pm Keynote

The case of free speech 

3:35pm – 3:55pm Break
3:55pm – 4:20pm Keynote

Amsterdam and world markets 1602 to 2022

4:20pm – 4:50pm Keynote

Talk on Taxes

4:50pm – 5:00pm Closing remarks


Dutch institut for Praxeology
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