Rio Grande Foundation Luncheon event: “Are We Rome?”


Lawrence Reed Wonders “Are We Rome?”
at Rio Grande Foundation Luncheon

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Monumental sums for bailouts. Staggering increases in public debt. Concentration of power in the central government. A mad scramble by interest groups with endless claims on the treasury. Mushrooming regulations on enterprise. Demagogic class warfare appeals. Higher taxes on the productive. Decline of virtues once widely embraced as essential for strong character.

These things ring familiar in 21st century America just as surely as they dominated the ill-fated Roman welfare state of two millennia ago. Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), discusses 21st Century America and how familiar it is to the ill-fated Roman welfare state of two millennia ago.

Reed is the author of a free book (complimentary copies of which will be available at the event) detailing the parallels and differences between the United State and Rome. He has traveled the country discussing the subject.

  • Location: Albuquerque Marriott Uptown located at: 2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
  • When: Friday, October 6, 2017, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
  • Cost: Seating is limited and can be purchased at the discounted price of $30 until Monday, October 2, 2017; $40 after that. Price includes plated lunch.

Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (public administration, 1993) and Northwood University (laws, 2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the United States and abroad.

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