A long article in Indianapolis Monthly reflects on the recent turmoil Freedom Fund. It details the internal controversy over a “strategic refresh”, leadership and personnel changes, and the direction of the Blog Law & Freedom.
Over the years I have attended many Liberty Fund events and contributed to Liberty Fund publications, but I am hardly an insider there and the details of the report were new to me. Liberty Fund has been quite a unique and very valuable organization. He publishes affordable editions out-of-print classics on topics related to classical liberalism. Many books from their catalog are on my shelves. It hosts small, by invitation conferences which bring together a diverse set of participants for long conversations on sometimes esoteric topics related to classical liberalism. I’ve attended a number of events over time, met some great people and participated in some interesting discussions that wouldn’t have happened anywhere else. More recently they have launched a number of online initiativesincluding a podcast, book reviews and the blog.
The blog is certainly different from many Liberty Fund activities, so I can understand why it may have become a source of internal controversy. Nevertheless, I am saddened to learn that the organization is encountering such difficulties. I sincerely hope that any strategic refreshes implemented will not threaten the future of book publishing and conference hosting which has long been at the heart of what Liberty Fund does and which provides a unique benefit to the movement. broader classical liberal.
From the article:
Law and freedom are still going strong. Conferences are also held, but much less frequently than they were when [Nico] Maloberti joined the Liberty Fund for the first time, growing from some 200 a year to 100. By this spring, the ranks of Liberty Fund fellows had shrunk significantly since Maloberti’s arrival, dropping from an all-time high of 16 fellows in 2008 to just five, some due to natural attrition as they moved on to other jobs at the Liberty Fund, in academia and elsewhere and were not replaced.