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“In defense of liberty”

We have plenty of video, audio and pictures from the ten years of the Liberty Summer Seminar. You can view a lot of them on the Institute for Liberal Studies’ Media page. But there is one video that really captures the spirit, the mission, the purpose of the Liberty Summer Seminar perhaps better than others.

In 2009 our good friend Brian Lee Crowley, who now heads up the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, gave the keynote address. It was entitled “In defense of liberty: Canada’s forgotten political tradition.”

Brian has been arguing for a long time that Canada’s history, traditions, and culture do not make sense without understanding Canadians’ love of freedom. That’s partly the subject of his book, Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of Canada’s Founding Values, as well as the book he co-wrote with Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis entitled The Canadian Century: Moving out of America’s Shadow.

I’ve read both of them, and I would encourage you to pick them up as well.

But part of the upshot of the books is captured in Brian’s keynote speech to the attendees of the ninth annual Liberty Summer Seminar. A lot of people are curious about the Seminar, about its purpose and mission, about the “feel” of the event, and what it’s like. The following video will give you all of that, and a little more.

Enjoy the video below:

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