Prometheus – Das Freiheitsinstitut

Prometheus – Das Freiheitsinstitut is a think tank aiming to spread the idea of liberty. It is our goal to strengthen the value of individual responsibility in our society. We are convinced that taking one’s life in one’s own hands is pivotal for human dignity.

Therefore we take a stand for individual liberty, a strong civil society, a free market order, the rule of law and rolling back the paternalistic state. Prometheus wants to contribute to building a free society.

Our Work

With Prometheus we want to actively change our society. This cannot be achieved in one stroke. We not only want to halt bad policy in the short but, above all, we want to change the climate of opinion. We do not aim for quick and isolated success that may not last long. Rather we look for lasting and sustainable change. By waging specific campaigns we are able to criticize current political measures and offer constructive counterproposals. But above all, we work for social change. Through our events and publications we seek to reach key stakeholders including journalists, academics and teachers and especially young people. We do not want to surrender the contest for the hearts and minds of the people to those who put the case for paternalism. We are willing to muster up the necessary courage, patience, and idealism in order to win the battle of ideas.

Our Network

Prometheus does not stand alone. We are well connected with entrepreneurs, academics, journalists, and politicians in Germany and beyond. We have close relationships with many think tanks in Germany, Europe, and all over the world. Above all, we nourish hope from the growing number of people who rediscover the value of liberty, especially the young generation who yearn for a life with more freedom and responisbility. These young people are the future we must build on.

Our Sources

We stand for a comprehensive pro-liberty conception of man: for an open society, the free market, and the rule of law. We are inspired by important thinkers such as Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Frédéric Bastiat, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich August von Hayek, Karl Popper and James Buchanan. We are also inspired by women and men who through their practical commitment, have helped to create a free society. These include Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, William Wilberforce, Richard Cobden, Louise Otto-Peters, Eugen Richter and Antony Fisher. In our work we are guided by the example of other think tanks who, in the past, have managed to influence their countries in a lasting way such as the Institute of Economic Affairs in Great Britain, the Cato Institute in the USA and the Lithuanian Free Market Institute.

Our Name

We have chosen the Greek mythological figure Prometheus as our namesake. Prometheus stands for the liberation of man from immaturity. The fire which Prometheus brought mankind empowered them to self-determination and liberty. We want to spark this fire in the minds and hearts of the people in our country. Our motivation is idealistic. We do not pursue special interests and we are independent of political parties. We believe in the power of ideas.

Frank Schäffler

Frank Schäffler, born in 1968, is one of the most prominent figures in the pro-liberty movement in Germany. He is a frequent participant in radio and TV shows and contributes often to major German newspapers.


Clemens Schneider

Clemens Schneider, born in 1980, co-founded the educational project „Agora“ Summer Academy and the blog „Offene Grenzen“ („Open Borders“). From 2011 to 2014 he held a scholarship by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and held responsible positions there organizing several seminars and conferences. He is active as blogger and speaker and is in constant contact with the young members of the pro-liberty movement.


Advisory Board

Prof. Thomas Mayer

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mayer is founding director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute in Cologne. Previously, he was chief economist of the Deutsche Bank Gruppe and head of Deutsche Bank Research. Prior to being engaged in the private sector, he occupied various positions with the International Monetary Fund in Washington and at the Institute for World Economics in Kiel. In 2014 he published the book “The new order of money – why we need a monetary reform” published.

Prof. Stefan Kooths

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kooths, born in 1969, is head of the Forecasting Center of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He teaches economics at the Business and Information Technology School (BiTS) in Berlin. He stands for a coordination-oriented paradigm in understanding economics, inspired by the scientific programme of the Austrian School of Economics and combines both cyclical analysis and regulatory policy.

Prof. Justus Haucap

Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap, born in 1969, is founding director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. From 2006 to 2014 he was a member of the monopoly commission of the German federal government, which he headed from 2008 to 2012. Professor Haucap is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Federal network Agency and president of Econwatch – association for policy analysis.

Prof. Dr. Christian Hoffmann

Prof. Dr. Christian Pieter Hoffmann is Professor of Communication Management at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. In addition, he is responsible for teaching in the field of political communication in cooperation with the Institute for Political Science.  His research interests include strategic communication management, financial communication and political communication – with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities provided by new media.

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