Don Watkins is one of today’s most vocal opponents of the welfare state and coauthor, with Yaron Brook, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.
A fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, Mr. Watkins studies Social Security reform, the welfare state, and the moral foundations of capitalism. He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, and speaks regularly at conferences and university campuses, including Stanford, Brown, University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago, and he frequently debates supporters of the welfare state. Mr. Watkins is the host of a weekly podcast on the welfare state, The Debt Dialogues.
A Forbes.com columnist from 2010 to 2013, his writings have also appeared in The Guardian, USA Today, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, The Daily Caller, and FoxNews.com, among many others.
Mr. Watkins is an alumnus of ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center. His latest book is RooseveltCare: How Social Security Is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance.