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Free Markets

The Ethical Economic Choice

Speakers Series

This speakers series examines competing conceptions of economic justice from a variety of perspectives. Various conservatives, classical liberals and libertarians may differ on how best to address poverty and the exact scope of limited government. They agree, however, that individual effort, merit, preferences and values matter morally and that free markets offer the most ethical and humane means of organizing economic life. They agree that an unplanned and unequal distribution of income and wealth is just if it is the result of individuals acting freely in accordance with just rules. The speakers will critique the liberal, progressive and socialist egalitarian vision that seeks to have government enforce a predetermined distribution of economic goods in the name of equality, fairness or social justice.


All events start at 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Walter E. Williams
John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University
The Role of Government in a Free Society
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dr. John Tomasi
Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Philosophy, Brown University
Free Market Fairness
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sir Roger Scruton
Professorial Research Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham
Author of Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition and more than 40 other books
An Interview with Roger Scruton
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lawrence W. Reed
President, Foundation for Economic Education
Heroes of Character
Monday, October 29, 2018

Dr. Deirdre McCloskey
Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication University of Illinois at Chicago
Is it Humane to be a Socialist?
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

George Gilder
Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
Capitalism is an Information and Learning System"
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dr. Mike Munger
Director of the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Certificate Program, Duke University
If Poverty is the Real Problem, Then Capitalism is the Only Solution
Friday, November 30, 2018

John A. Allison
Retired Chairman & CEO, BB&T; Retired President, Cato Institute
The Philosophic Fight for the Future of America
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rev. Robert A. Sirico
President, Acton Institute
The Moral Case for a Free Economy
Monday, December 10, 2018

Randy Barnett
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University
The Constitution and Economic Freedom
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

David R. Burton
Senior Fellow in Economic Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Economic Equality is Unjust
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dr. Edward Feser
Professor of Philosophy, Pasadena City College
Socialism versus the Family
Monday, February 11, 2019

Paul Winfree
Director, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Freedom and Solidarity: Why You’ve Gotta Have Both
Tuesday, March, 5, 2019

Paul Larkin
Senior Legal Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
The Framers’ View of Property
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jason Brennan
Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy McDonough School of Business
Fake Socialism vs. Real Capitalism
Thursday, April 4, 2019

James Otteson
Professor of Economics and Executive Director, Eudaimonia Institute, Wake Forest University
"Justice vs. Social Justice"
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ryan Anderson
William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles & Public Policy, The Heritage Foundation
"Conservative Social Justice"
Monday, July 22, 2019


The speakers’ contributions will be published in a book at the conclusion of the series.