Dr. Gabriel Calzada
will discuss the libertarian movement in Spain, which is extraordinarily large and continues to grow rapidly.
will begin his
talk with some history concerning the Salamanca School
of Natural Law theorists, with reference to Francisco de Vitoria , Francisco de Suarez, and Juan de Mariana . Knowledge of the enormous Spanish anarchist movement that flourished a century ago is crucial to any understanding of the current Spanish libertarian movement.
Many libertarians are converts from leftism, and Spain has a large population of people raised in a leftist manner who are looking today for different answers.
will focus on the achievements of two individuals: Jesus Huerta de Soto , and Federico Jimenez Losantos . Huerta is the key scholar, and Jimenez is a key media performer, and both are men of "contagious enthusiasm.
Gabriel Calzada is senior fellow at the Centre for the New Europe covering Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.
He is a professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and is the founder and the director of the Juan de Mariana Institute, also in Madrid.
Born in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Gabriel got his PhD thesis under Professor Jesus Huerta de Soto in Madrid.
A graduate in Economics, Gabriel
speaks Spanish, English, German and Dutch.
areas of academic expertise include Austrian economics, monetary theory, and the workings of insurance markets.
Today, a regular contributor to La Ilustracion Liberal, Libertad Digital
and numerous other press and media outlets, he
has previously worked at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the Acton Institute