Issues and Ideas Forum, September 11, 2008

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 Coming Century of Liberty”


David Boaz
Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute


Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


The Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, House Office Building
124 North Capitol, Lansing


Lunch is provided at no charge, with reservation.

Is it any wonder that Americans have become increasingly dissatisfied with government? Soaring spending, corruption, incompetence and intrusions into our personal lives at the local, state and federal levels leave many frustrated. Boaz discusses these themes — and his optimistic view for the future of civil and economic liberties — in his new book, “The Politics of Freedom.” Boaz takes on liberals and conservatives who seek to impose their partisan agendas on the country. He notes that the future of freedom will require Americans to devote considerable effort to preserving and protecting their rights.

Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, the growth of government and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the author of “Libertarianism: A Primer,” co-editor of the “Cato Handbook on Policy” and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, National Review and Slate. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire;” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “All Things Considered;” John McLaughlin’s “One on One;” Fox News Channel; BBC; Voice of America; and Radio Free Europe.

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 Sept. 8, 2008.

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.


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