The right to earn a living and enjoy the fruits of one’s labor is a fundamental human right, guaranteed by the Constitution. But government now intrudes on this right in countless ways, imposing unnecessary training requirements on workers, forbidding businesses from lowering their prices, confiscating wealth, rewriting contracts, and fostering frivolous lawsuits against business owners. In his new book, The Right to Earn A Living, Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Timothy Sandefur details the fascinating history of the Constitution’s protections for economic freedom, and describes some of the remarkable cases in which he has helped defend entrepreneurs from intrusive government. He will be joined by David E. Bernstein, the nation’s leading scholar on Lochner v. New York, the most important of the Supreme Court’s decisions on economic liberty, and Clark Neily, who heads the Institute for Justice’s litigation in defense of entrepreneurs.
Featuring Holly Bell, Associate Professor (Business), University of Alaska Anchorage; and Hester Peirce, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; moderated by Louise C. Bennetts, Associate Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.
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