An Occasional Lecture: Why Government keeps growing

19 June 2012, 6.30pm
IEA, 2 Lord North Street, London, SW1 (door on Great Peter Street)

An Occasional Lecture on how to shrink the size of government

In the wake of bailouts, stimulus packages, regulatory expansion, and a massive new entitlement programme, ObamaCare, many Americans are alarmed by the rapid growth of the state. But previous rebellions against Big Government, such as the "swing to the right" of the 1980s, failed to substantially roll back government intervention in the economy. Will today's revolt be different? In this talk, Dr Yaron Brook will offer his assessment, based on a revolutionary view of why government intervention grows - andwhat must be done in order to stop it. His provocative conclusion: to successfully stop the growth of the state, Americans will have to discover that laissez-faire capitalism is the only moral system - one that must be defended without guilt.

Dr Yaron Brook is the Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Investor's Business Daily, and many other publications. A frequent guest on a variety of national television programmes, he is co-author of Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and contributing author to Winning the Unwinnable War: America's Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. His newest book, Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, is co-authored with Don Watkins and due out in September 2012.  A former finance professor, he speaks internationally on such topics as the causes of the financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, and ending growth of the state.

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