My final week at the Lion Rock office has been filled with great company, great food and great fun. Although it has been challenging at some points, this week we see the final product of all of our hard work, with our event finally being showcased. On Wednesday night, we gathered around to celebrate the 101st Birthday of the late Milton Friedman. With three guest speakers and a new record of guests, everybody bonded over food and drinks as the speakers spoke of the influence of Friedman. It was then that we united to revive the importance of his message today and how vital and crucial it was to keep his ideas alive.
On the Thursday, I was very lucky to be able to take one of the guest speakers (Yuliya Kocherhan) out and show her a bit of Hong Kong. Through traditional dishes like Dim Sum and a feel for capitalism in Hong Kong through the markets we were able to have a very enjoyable day. Unfortunately that day, the weather was not in our favour as most things closed or were discontinued due to a typhoon signal 3. However, we managed to make it to the peak and enjoy the spectacular view that is Hong Kong.
On the last day of my internship, it was still hard work as we prepared for the last event of the week ‘Luncheon with Ron Manners’. The lunch was conducted in a small intimate setting where Ron was to talk about Australia’s Mining. With the great variety of guest and their dynamic personalities, the topics ranged from mining, economics, and politics to current affairs. It is within no doubt, that everybody had an enjoyable time and this was a great end to my internship.
This internship has taught me more than any textbook could teach me and I thank the Lion Rock Institute from the bottom of my heart. With their quirky personalities and unforgettable moments, I would like to thank them for using their own time to help me learn and cultivate my passion for the free market. It is not within our own vested interests, but for our passion for a free market that helps keeps these ideas stay alive and I thank them for nurturing and developing this. It is due to this that the LRI will always be a reminder as well as an inspiration for the importance of my ideas. In addition, I would also like to extend my thank you to Mannkal and especially Ron Manners for giving me an opportunity that could not be attained elsewhere. This life changing experience has helped me understand the challenges that modern libertarians face as well as the impact created by keeping their values alive. I hope that the lessons I have learned here will help me continue to fight for liberty and freedom back home in Australia, and I will never forget this experience as I continue this fight as a freedom fighter.