Scaling the Heights: Thought Leadership, Liberal Values and the History of The Mont Pelerin Society

In 1995 the Liberty Fund published A History of the Mont Pelerin Society, written by the Oxford historian (and past President of the Society) Professor Max Hartwell. The book provides a very full account of the Society’s first half century, but is now difficult to obtain and much has happened since 1995.

With that in mind, in 2012 the Board of the Society asked me, as the incoming Secretary, to précis Hartwell’s History and bring it up to date. It was hoped that this would give members, prospective members and other scholars a digestible short guide to the history and ethos of the Society and to some of the key individuals and events that have shaped it. Ten years later, on the Society’s 75th anniversary, the Board have asked me to update the text yet again.

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Eamonn Butler is the co-founder and Director of the Adam Smith Institute.

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