Discussion Topic:

The Theoretical Problem of Socialism and the Democratic Deficit in the West

Western liberal democracy has three interlocking and necessary elements: free-market economics, a political order based on individual rights and the rule of law, and a moral culture that respects human dignity from a religious and metaphysical perspective. Despite the West’s victory in the Cold War 20 years ago, socialism continues to wage successful attacks on all three.  What can be done to recover and strengthen these elements?  Is there hope for post-secular democracy in this era of crony capitalism, government bailouts, fiscal cliffs, and overall decline?

Guest Speaker:

Fr. Marcel Guarnizo

Fr. Marcel Guarnizo is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Moscow, Russia. He was one of the first priests ordained after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Fr. Guarnizo studied philosophy and theology in Rome while specializing in metaphysics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He founded and was the President of  Aid to the Church in Russia and later in 2001 of the Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe, a foundation established to promote, free, just and democratic societies in Central and Eastern Europe. Fr. Guarnizo has lectured internationally on the topics of political philosophy, economics, theology and metaphysics. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society (Switzerland) established by Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman among others. 


Date and Time:

Wednesday, 12 December 2012,  7:00-8:30 pm (antipasto begins at 6:30 pm).


Istituto Acton, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 294 (5th floor), Rome


Economics, Philosophy, and Foundations of Democracy


RSVP to istitutoacton@acton.org

Wine and Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Feel free to bring a friend.

A Christmas toast and exchange of greetings will take place following the seminar.