Watching the Watchman is the first Conference on Liberty to take place at Essex University.
Watching the Watchman refers to Robert Nozick’s idea of the Watchman State. In this conference we propose that the state as the Watchman needs to be watched more carefully, as it is failing to serve people in many areas. In fact, its current actions may be outright harmful to human wellbeing and development. These areas include provision of public goods, the welfare state, government surveillance, public health and regulation of markets.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis and widespread government failure a question arises whether we need a major rethink of our democratic systems. There are several competing accounts of the problems that our society is facing. The mission of this conference is to present an old but nowadays often neglected perspective – that of individual freedom.
This is a true multidisciplinary conference presenting the ideas of liberty from multiple perspectives. Watching the Watchman is aimed at students studying Politics and Economics, students concerned about Human Rights and generally all students concerned about our society and interested in exploring novel ideas about how to change society to the better.
You will be treated to an amazing array of top speakers from London universities and think tanks working at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Watching the Watchman is not a conference to be missed this February.
Speakers and topics so far include:
Dr Adam Martin - Kings College Lecturer talks on Robust Political Economy, offering a comprehensive framework to study the intertwined worlds of Politics and Economics.
Sam Bowman – Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute explains why the current welfare system is broken and how it could be replaced with a Basic Income.
Dr Tim Evans – Senior Fellow with the Cobden Centre and the Adam Smith Institute
Emma Carr – Deputy Director of Big Brother Watch discusses the surveillance state and cyber security.
Tom Lloyd – Former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire talks about prohibitions and why the war on drugs is a war on people.
If you are a student, professor or member of staff at Essex university, you will pay NO fee for attendance. All you need to do is register and get your free ESSEX STANDARD TICKET at £0. Free coffee and snacks will be provided throughout the day. If you would like to have dinner and network with the speakers at the end of the day, you can purchase the ESSEX PREMIUM TICKET at the cost of £4.
If you are not from Essex University, you have 2 options:
a) buy OUTSIDE STANDARD TICKET - £6; this includes entry to the conference, free coffee, juice and snacks
b) buy OUTSIDE PREMIUM TICKET - £8; this includes entry to the conference, free coffee, juice, snacks; and drinks and dinner in the evening
Watching the Watchman is the first Essex conference on liberty. You will be treated to a day full of stimulating speeches by renowned think tankers and academics from the UK. For more information and an updated list of speakers, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/essexliberty?fref=ts
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Essex Liberty League
Essex Liberty League is a student organisiation dedicated to promoting the ideas of individual freedom. Liberty League gathers people from various backgrounds, such as Economics, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology and Law, who share an interest in freedom; because 'Freedom requires eternal vigilance'.