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Feb 11

Liberty’s Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State

If there has been a unifying theme of the Obama presidency, it is the inexorable growth of the administrative state. Its expansion has followed a pattern. First, expand federal powers beyond their constitutional limits. Second, delegate those powers to agencies and away from elected politicians in Congress. Third, insulate civil servants from politics and accountability. Since its introduction in American life by Woodrow Wilson in the 20th Century, the administrative state has steadily undermined democratic self-government, reduced the sphere of individual liberty, and burdened the free market and economic growth.

In Liberty’s Nemesis, editors Dean Reuter and John Yoo gather the brightest political minds in the country to examine this unchecked growth of power in government agencies ranging from health care to climate change, financial markets to immigration, and more. Many Americans rightly share the Founders’ fear of excessive lawmaking, but Liberty’s Nemesis is the first book to explain why the concentration of power in administrative agencies in particular is the greatest – and most overlooked – threat to our liberties today.

More About the Speakers

Contributing Authors
Dean A. Reuter
Vice President and Director, Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

Richard A. Epstein
Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law and Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law

Linda L. Chavez
President, Becoming American Institute, and Syndicated Columnist

Daniel M. Gallagher, Jr.
Former Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and President, Patomak Global Partners

David McIntosh
President, The Club for Growth, and former U.S. Representative from Indiana

Hosted By

John Malcolm John Malcolm

Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow Read More