Featuring the author Peter Schuck, Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale Law School; with comments by Arnold Kling, Economist and Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; moderated by Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.
From the doctor’s office to the workplace, the federal government
is taking on ever more responsibility for managing our lives. At
the same time, Americans have never been more disaffected with
Washington, seeing it as an intrusive, incompetent, wasteful giant.
In this book, lawyer and political scientist Peter Schuck lays out
a wide range of examples and an enormous body of evidence to
explain why so many domestic policies go awry. Economist David
Henderson, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and coeditor
of EconLog, lauds the book as full of “gems” and “juicy”
insights: “Schuck does a beautiful job of laying out all the
problems with government intervention.” But can the state get
better results by pursuing more thoughtfully conceived policies
designed to compensate for its structural flaws? Schuck believes it
can. Many libertarians will disagree — and that debate will
enliven our discussion.