Book Forum

The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure

(HarperCollins, 2013)

May 23, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring the author Kevin D. Williamson, National Review; with comments by Nick Gillespie, Editor in Chief, Rea​son​.com and Reason TV; and Michael Tanner, Cato Institute.

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In his new book, The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome, Kevin D. Williamson examines the crisis of the modern welfare state and demonstrates that the crucial political failures of our time, from education to health care, are the direct result of government monopolies providing and regulating these services. Entitlement programs have promised far more than they can deliver, and slow moving bureaucracies have stifled innovation and efficiency in attempts to deliver on these failed promises. There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel, as millions of Americans reject the status quo and turn to their own ingenuity to create successful market‐​derived alternatives to these government monopolies. Please join Kevin Williamson and Cato Institute senior fellow Michael Tanner for an examination of the current state of U.S. entitlement programs and a lively discussion of how the free‐​market responds when the government fails.