00:01    |    
Initial credits
00:25    |    
Introduction: Manuel F. Ayau's ancestors
01:19    |    
Early childhood
01:49    |    
Early education
01:59    |    
Immigration to Canada
02:39    |    
Interest in Guatemala's social and economic problems
03:33    |    
Classical-liberal tradition interest
04:04    |    
Political and scientific career in Guateamala
04:23    |    
Founding Francisco Marroquín University (UFM)
05:07    |    
Presidency at UFM
05:26    |    
Conversation with Manuel F. Ayau and William Weston
Why have you devoted so much of your life to the cause of liberty, regardless the danger it represented?
Problems with the Guatemalan system
Approach to classical-liberal ideas
Fabian Society research
Organizing the Centro de Estudios Económico-Sociales (CEES)
Quotes,  My job, Ludwig von Mises
Establishment of CEES
Dangerous situation in Guatemala
Besides reading Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich A. Hayek, where there other influential people in your life?
Which were the principles you considered imperative to transmit?
Disseminating ideas through the media
Early ideas that led to the foundation of UFM
Deliberation for the presidency of UFM
Internal organization and fundamental ideals of UFM
UFM's emphasis on law
UFM's professorship
Forming professors for society
Ideals of UFM's Law School
Variety of schools at UFM
School of Theology
The growth of the university
Academic freedom in UFM
Importance of capital investment
Election of Fernando Monterroso as your successor
How did you choose the name of the university?
How would you describe where the emphasis lies in the teaching of economics at UFM?
Comprehension of the free market
Support of businessmen
Generalized belief about a planned economy
Understanding economics by students
Manuel F. Ayau's efforts on the simplicity of understanding
Manuel F. Ayau's political participation in Guatemala
Have you had progress in the political world?
On a scale from 1 to 10, in terms of freedom, where would Latin America rank today?
What do you see as the major threats to progress in Latin America?
The approach of businessmen to success
Resistance to the ideas of free society and globalization
Problems with environmentalism
01:08:23    |    
Final words
01:08:36    |    
Final credits




A Conversation with Manuel Ayau

01 de agosto de 2001   | Vistas: 6 |   Capitalism Entrepreneurship Excelencia Freedom

In his conversation with Manuel F. Ayau, William Weston explores Ayau's early beginnings, including his childhood, family and his experiences in other countries. He recounts how he participated in Guatemalan politics in different state offices that allowed him to discover the source of our country's underdevelopment. Ayau tells about the foundation of Centro de Estudios Económico-Sociales (CEES) and Universidad Francisco Marroquín, and describes the reasons that led him to the establishment of such important and prestigious institutions. Despite all the obstacles he faced during this process, Manuel F. Ayau demonstrated that he could successfully fight for what he believed, proving to be a champion for liberty in several aspects of his life. He elucidates on the main ideas that have influenced him, including classical-liberal ones inspired on the Austrian School of Economics.


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

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