Corporate Welfare: Where's the Outrage?
Northwood University and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy are pleased to welcome Swedish author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker Johan Norberg to campus for an enlightening discussion titled "Corporate Welfare: Where's the Outrage?"
Norberg, the executive editor for Free To Choose® Network and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, will examine the United States' system of farm subsidies, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), big oil subsidies, government policies and tax breaks for big businesses. "Many government programs begin with good intentions, but they result in unintended consequences," says Norberg. "From what I've observed… it's better to let the economy evolve in its natural way, rather than to rely on government intervention."
The event is sponsored by Northwood University's McNair Center for the Advancement of Free-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, a premier think-tank generating information focused on the study, advocacy, and expansion of the market process and the creation and cultivation of entrepreneurs.
This event is free and no registration is required
Johan Norberg has been one of the writers and the host of nearly a dozen documentaries for public television through Free To Choose Network, including "Free or Equal?"; "Economic Freedom in Action"; "Power to the People"; "The Real Adam Smith"; "Sweden: Lessons for America?"; and "Corporate Welfare: Where's the Outrage?" For two years, Norberg concurrently hosted a weekly online series, "Dead Wrong®," which cleverly dispelled commonly heard statements, myths, and opinions about free-market principles. He is currently developing a new online series, launching this fall.
He has written books on a broad range of topics, including global economics and popular science. His book, In Defense of Global Capitalism, has been published in more than 25 countries. "Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future" was called "a blast of good sense" by The Economist, and a "book of the year" in The Guardian, The Economist, and The Observer.
Norberg has received several awards for his work, including the Distinguished Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award from the Atlas Foundation, the Walter Judd Freedom Award, the Julian Simon Memorial Award, and the gold medal from the German Hayek Stiftung, that year shared with Margaret Thatcher. He received his M. A. in the History of Ideas from the University of Stockholm.