ARI in the Debate

Here are some upcoming appearances by ARI and affiliated experts addressing current issues:

Steve Simpson

President Obama has altered the terms of the Affordable Care Act many times since it was enacted. He has delayed the employer mandate, suspended the provisions that caused mass policy cancellations, and created nonexistent “hardship” exemptions to the individual mandate. During his State of the Union address, he told the nation that he would use executive orders to sidestep a recalcitrant Congress and enact his agenda. The right claims President Obama is acting like a dictator and his decisions must be ratified by Congress. The left says the president has a mandate from the people to solve that nation’s problems. Is either position correct or is there another alternative?

This is the second in a new series of talks at ARI’s Irvine, California, headquarters. (On March 5, ARI’s executive director, Yaron Brook, delivered the first talk in the series, “Is Inequality Fair?”) For more information on the Simpson talk, click here.

Adam Mossoff

  • April 3, 2014: Adam Mossoff, professor of law at George Mason University, will debate intellectual property rights with Matt Sag, professor of law at Loyola University Chicago, in an event on the Loyola campus. The title of the debate is “Intellectual Property: Moral Right or Economic Policy?” Click here for more information.

Don Watkins

  • April 1, 2014: Don Watkins, ARI fellow, will debate Howard Schweber, professor of political science and legal studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on the question “Is the Welfare State Just?” The event will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information, click here.
  • April 2, 2014: Don Watkins will speak on “Welfaregate: How to Stop Entitlements from Bankrupting Your Grandchildren,” at a private luncheon in Chicago.
  • April 3, 2014: Don Watkins and Harry van der Linden, professor of philosophy and religion at Butler University, will debate the morality of the welfare state on the Butler campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, click here.

Yaron Brook

  • April 17, 2014: Yaron Brook, ARI’s executive director, will engage in a debate on inequality with James Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the University of Texas – Austin, and a member of the University of Texas Inequality Project. For more information about the debate and possible livestreaming, click here.