Issues and Ideas Forum, October 9, 2007

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to host monthly Issues & Ideas Forums in Lansing. These luncheons, which feature experts on a diverse array of subjects, offer a forum that enhances and broadens the policy debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals — and suggestions for achieving them.

Legislators, staff, news media and other interested friends are cordially invited to the


“The Virtues of Global Capitalism:
How free markets promote wealth, health, social justice and peace”


Deroy Murdock
Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Senior Fellow, Atlas Economic Research Foundation


Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Capitol Room, Radisson Hotel
111 North Grand Avenue, Lansing


Lunch is provided at no charge, with reservation.

More than 13 years after NAFTA, the alleged virtues and vices of globalization remain hot topics of debate in the United States and around the world. The substantial positive impact of free trade is a settled fact for professional economists across the ideological spectrum: 1,028 of them from all 50 states recently signed a statement published in The Wall Street Journal denouncing tariffs against China. But in the halls of Congress and other political theaters, the individual actors and industries dislocated by free trade speak very loudly. In contrast to this are a vastly larger number of winners in all countries, who are often more silent, but nonetheless benefit when free markets increase freedom, prosperity and peace.

New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, which supports 250 free-market think tanks around the world. His weekly column reaches approximately 400 newspapers nationwide, and he is a frequent guest on a variety of national television and radio outlets. As a public speaker, he has lectured and debated at Rutgers, Stanford and Tulane universities, Boston College, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Academy of Sciences, the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

Following his remarks, Mr. Murdock will answer questions from the audience.

The luncheon begins promptly at noon. To make reservations for yourself and your guests, please call the Mackinac Center at (989) 631-0900 by 5 p.m. on Oct. 4.

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Forum

The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than by sound principles. On occasion, these principles are most effectively conveyed by a single case study. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals — and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan citizens can be served only when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.


Want to be alerted about events we have coming up? Sign up here!