Great liberal thinkers such as John Locke, Adam Smith, Frédéric Bastiat or Friedrich August von Hayek seem to never lose their appeal. That is why more than fifty people interested in liberal ideas gathered in the “Angyra Bookstore” in downtown Athens to listen to Detmar Doering’s presentation of the “Little Storybook on Liberalism” («Το μικρό βιβλίο του Φιλελευθερισμού»), an anthology of texts from famous liberal authors.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and its local partner organization KEFIM-Markos Dragoumis were delighted about this high turnout for a rather “philosophical” topic.
The director of the Liberal Institute of the FNF shared his views on the “most natural of all political ideologies”, as he put it. “Freedom as one central element of liberalism is something every human being can somehow relate to”, the German intellectual explained. “And it is freedom which leaves the most room for personal development – something that is of utmost importance to present-day Greece.”
Besides Dr. Doering, several other liberal-minded individuals like Nikos Yannis from Greek NGO “European Expression”, Dionysis Gousetis from the daily newspaper “Kathimerini” or Sakelaris Skoumpourdis from “Athens Voice” participated in the panel discussion which centered on the question whether the old core values of liberalism could help Greece blossom. It was unanimously agreed upon that liberal ideas such as individual responsibility and self-initiative should play a more prominent role in the everyday life of Greeks. Many questions from the audience thus provided for an interesting evening full of contentious debates and intellectual food for thought.