• 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: 19874

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.





Fundador, Universidad Francisco Marroquín

William Weston ( - 2005) was president of Foundation Francisco Marroquín.…


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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