Johan Norberg

At 32, the Swedish writer and author of In Defence of Global Capitalism is one of the leading international thinkers preaching the benefits of free trade, open borders and immigration as the only path to eradicating poverty and generally increasing individual happiness. His 2002 book was a bestseller and has been translated into English, French, German, Dutch, Hindi, Estonian and Finnish.(...)

"Globalisation consists of our everyday actions," Norberg wrote. "We eat bananas from Ecuador, drink tea from Sri Lanka, watch American movies, order books from Britain, work for export companies selling to Germany and Russia, holiday in Thailand and save money for retirement funds investing in South American and Asia."

After colonising Europe and the right-wing opinion journals of the US, Norberg is bringing his good news gospel of globalisation to Australia.

Next month he will deliver the 2005 Centre for Independent Studies John Bonython lecture.

His views are likely to fall on more welcoming ears than in his native Europe, where cynical political leaders on the continent - with the exception of the eager baby capitalists in eastern Europe - often treat globalisation with disdain and even contempt.