Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law
(Harvard University Press)

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)

Featuring the author Richard A. Epstein, New York University School of Law; with comments by Adam Liptak, New York Times Supreme Court Reporter; moderated by Roger Pilon, Cato Institute.

Mount Vernon Place, Undercroft Auditorium, 900 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

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Without question, the most profound domestic change in America over the past century has been the vast expansion of government under the progressive worldview. Defining itself in opposition to once-dominant classical liberal theories that stressed the roles of private property, individual liberty, and limited government, progressivism received its highest expression during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, yet its influence continues to dominate our politics today. The signs are clear, however, that government is creaking under the enormous weight of this expansion. In his new book, Richard Epstein argues that our overregulated state allows too much discretion on the part of regulators, which results in arbitrary, unfair decisions, rent-seeking, and other abuses. Please join us for what promises to be an illuminating exchange of ideas about our current state of affairs.

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