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How to Restore Freedom to Americans in This Time of Pandemic?
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Abraham Lincoln once famously said the United States was “conceived in liberty.” But less than two centuries later, cherished American freedoms—even the fundamental right to make a living—are being destroyed by the immense power of the “administrative state.”

Liberty is in peril. And never more so than in this time of pandemic.

How did we get here and—more important—what can we do about it? In this event, the renowned public choice economist and Independent Research Fellow Dr. Randall G. Holcombe joins with Dr. Graham H. Walker, Independent’s Executive Director, to discuss these matters.

Dr. Holcombe’s award-winning, new, Independent Institute book, Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History, is indispensable reading for all those who care about America and the future of freedom and prosperity.

Graham H. Walker
Graham H. Walker is Executive Director and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in public law and government from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Walker has served as Associate Professor of Politics at Catholic University of America, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Scholar in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), Senior Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute, Headmaster at Oaks Christian School, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, President at Patrick Henry College, Legislative Aide to former Congressman David Stockman, and Fellow at the Presidio Institute.
Randall G. Holcombe
Randall G. Holcombe is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute; author of the Independent book Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History; DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University; past President of the Public Choice Society; and past President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, and has taught at Texas A&M University and Auburn University. Among his other books are The Economic Foundations of Government, Public Policy and the Quality of Life, Smarter Growth (ed. with S. Staley), From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government, Writing Off Ideas, Public Sector Economics, Public Finance and the Political Process, and Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress.

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