This fall, Maria Lobo Murga, journeyed to the lone star state for this year’s Project Arizona program. Journaled here is her experience connecting with libertarians from across the globe, learning more about the ideas of liberty while having a boatload of fun. Find out how you can be part of the next cohort HERE.

Participating in Project Arizona 2023, a six-week intensive program orchestrated by Liberty International, was a remarkable opportunity that left an indelible mark on my personal and intellectual growth. The program was meticulously designed to offer a comprehensive exploration of various facets of American society, placing a specific emphasis on constitutional law, history, journalism, and the free-market economy. The backdrop for this intellectually stimulating experience was the Irish Cultural Center nestled in downtown Phoenix.

One of the highlights of the program was our constitutional law classes held at the U.S. Supreme Court, where we were privileged to have Judge Clint Bolick, a prominent Republican jurist, guide us through the intricacies of the American Constitution. The course culminated in a challenging examination that tested our understanding of constitutional principles.

Students meeting with Justice Clint Bolick of the Arizona Supreme Court

Our diverse cohort of seven participants hailed from different corners of the globe, representing Japan, India, the Republic of Georgia, Spain, Poland, and myself from Argentina, proudly representing Latin America. The cultural exchange and varied perspectives added a unique dimension to the overall learning experience.

Aside from the formal classes, I also embraced the challenge of leading a seminar on liberal economics. This opportunity allowed me to share my knowledge of economics with my peers, engaging in discussions about influential authors such as Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, and Salai Martin. The discussions extended beyond theory, providing a platform to analyze real-world economic indicators in our respective countries, such as inflation, rule of law, and poverty.

While the classes provided a structured academic framework, a significant portion of the seminar focused on connecting with individuals actively involved in promoting liberal ideals and social change. We had the privilege of meeting with legal professionals like Marc Victor, the founder of the Live and Let Live Movement. Our visit to the Goldwater Institute showcased the impactful work they do in supporting individuals who face challenges to their rights, creating substantial positive changes in their lives.

The program also facilitated discussions with Arizona TALKS, where we engaged with Carlos Alfaro, and meetings with the Rotary Club of Phoenix. The Johnson family played a pivotal role in our journey, offering support and insights into the work of the Acton Foundation, a renowned organization dedicated to promoting the values of freedom, life purpose, vocation, and spirituality.

Maria addressing the PA 2023 class

Interactions with a diverse array of individuals and organizations provided profound insights into the practical application of liberal principles in various contexts. Through these engagements, we gained a deeper understanding of the dedication and efforts of those working towards social change, championing individual liberties on multiple fronts.

Project Arizona 2023 became a transformative experience that not only broadened my academic knowledge but also provided a unique platform to engage with like-minded individuals from across the globe. The exposure to real-world applications of liberal principles and the opportunity to contribute to discussions on economics and freedom made this program an enriching and unforgettable experience.

In conclusion, this journey symbolizes more than a mere challenge; it signifies a paradigm shift in my mindset, equipping me with the tools necessary for personal and societal change. As an Argentine, I find myself amidst a promising era, having witnessed the historic election of Argentina’s first liberal president, Javier Milei, and his team, who embody ideals of freedom and respect for others. My participation in Project Arizona has empowered me to return to my homeland armed with the tools to continue advocating for individual liberties. The connections forged globally instill a sense of community, coupled with the realization that positive change is not only feasible but also within our grasp.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Liberty International, especially to its president, Jacek Spendel, and the entire team who transformed this journey into a significant gateway for an ongoing process. This experience has reignited a sense of strength and conviction within me, propelling me forward with enthusiasm as I aspire to contribute to the advancement of liberal values, both in Argentina and beyond.

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María Lobo Murga is a dynamic Argentine economist with an unshakable passion for teaching and spreading knowledge to enhance individual well-being through freedom. She graduated with a degree in Economics, and continued her academic journey in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Politics and Government in Argentina.