We are very glad to announce that the Instituto Ludwig von Mises Ecuador begins its activities this coming week. The first of course, is the launching of www.mises.ec modeled after www.mises.org and following on the footsteps of our Brazil, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, Romania counterparts.
LVMI-Ecuador has a Facebook fan page and a twitter feed so Spanish-speakers can follow our activities and publications. The idea for the -mainly Web 2.0- think-tank came from a group of outstanding students of my ECN101 class at USFQ that also attended Mises U. and FEE seminars this past summer. I have to mention and thank specially Esteban Perez and Cindy Aguiar for their enthusiasm and dedication. LVMI-Ecuador already has the intellectual support of huge Austrian and libertarian names such as Martin Krause, Carlos Sabino, Tom Woods Jr, Stephan Kinsella and Mark Thornton who are a constant source of inspiration for these young students.
The institute’s coat of arms (put together by former Mises U. attendant David Heinrich) has in it a phoenix bird symbolizing the rebirth of Austrian Economics, a lion rampant representing human liberty and a Phoenician ship symbolizing the global exchange of ideas and goods.
It is truly a wonderful time when we can emulate and multiply the pioneering work of Lew Rockwell, Jeff Tucker and the Mises.org staff for a regional and local public with human enthusiasm as its main -and sometimes only- economic resource.