In 2009, a group of friends began to meet in San Jose for the purposes of improving their understanding of economic theory, applying it to current events and sharing their understanding with others. In recognition of the example set by the Mont Pelerin Society, and looking out the window at the nearby landmark, they decided to name their group the Mont Hamilton Society (MHS). Members understand the realities of the business world and share an appreciation for free markets. Faculty and students from the Department of Economics at San Jose State University are frequent guests at Society meetings.
Many noted speakers have presented their ideas at MHS meetings and joined in discussion with members and guests. Among them have been: Don Boudreaux, Jerry Brito, Tim Sandefur, Mark Skousen, James Tooley, Barbara Oakley, David Skarbek, Tom Palmer, Charles Calomiris, Russ Roberts, Adam Thierer, Michael Munger, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, and David Friedman.
Meetings are held 6-10 times per year over lunch, typically at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose. The usual agenda includes informal meet and greet with wine, then lunch, short presentation and discussion. To facilitate discussion, the group size is usually limited to between 12 and 25 individuals.