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The Civil Society Institute is a program dedicated to educating students in the classic themes of political economy and their relevance to contemporary policy issues.
In addition to training top undergraduate students, CSI also hosts public lectures and events to create a regular "coffee-house" for the Silicon Valley community to explore ideas and policy issues in classical liberal / libertarian thought.
CSI faculty consists of David Friedman, Henry Demmert, Fred Foldvary, Robert Finocchio, and Kerry Macintosh with Foldvary and Demmert as Directors.
Philosophy of CSI:
In the view of the Institute, the current political and intellectual culture overvalues governmental direction and control of society. CSI faculty actively research the potency of decentralized, nongovernmental practices and institutions in meeting social goals. Such institutions include private business, not-for-profit organizations, churches, private associations, and social networks.