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War on Poverty or War on the Poor?
The Great Society’s Welfare State
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 • 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET
Today, a battle is raging in the U.S. as some Americans are attracted to socialism and economic redistribution while opponents argue for less government, freer markets and greater choice. In the 1960s, Americans sought the same goals many seek now: an end to poverty, higher standards of living for the middle class, a better environment and more access to health care and education. Yet achieving the goals of this idealism has proven elusive. Just as Big Government technocratic planning by “the Best and the Brightest” made failure in Vietnam inevitable, has planning by a team of the domestic “best and brightest” guaranteed a fiasco at home? What’s more, have Lyndon Johnson’s and Richard Nixon’s programs shackled millions of families in permanent government dependence and brokenness?
In this special Independent Institute event and based on her new book, Great Society: A New History, bestselling author Amity Shlaes will show that the costs of the Big-Government entitlement commitments made a half century ago are blocking the very opportunities needed now and in the future for all Americans, especially the most disadvantaged.
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[link removed] R. Shlaes is the author of the acclaimed new book, Great Society: A New History and four #1 New York Times bestsellers, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man: Graphic, a full-length illustrated version of the same book drawn by Paul Rivoche, Coolidge, a full-length biography of the thirtieth president and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy. National Review called the Forgotten Man “the finest history of the Great Depression ever written.” The Economist wrote of Coolidge that the book “deserves to be widely read” and made it an Editor’s Choice for 2013. The Forgotten Man: Graphic reached the #1 spot in its bestseller category.
A former member of the editorial board and columnist at the Wall Street Journal Ms. Shlaes is Chairman of the Board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and serves as Presidential Scholar at the King’s College in New York. She is the recipient of both the Hayek Prize and Frederic Bastiat Prize, and she has been a finalist for the Loeb Prize in Commentary.
Great Society: A New History
“Original and persuasive . . . Ms. Shlaes’s chronicle is not just a story of how good people’s good intentions went wrong. It is also a story of how the assumption that the near future will closely resemble the recent past can lead even the best intentioned and most well-informed people to pursue policies that turn out to be mostly counterproductive and often destructive.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Great Society is accurate history that reads like a novel, covering the high hopes and catastrophic missteps of our well-meaning leaders.”
—Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve System
“This well-researched and smoothly written masterpiece sheds a badly needed lesson-laden light on one of the most important and turbulent times in American history. Shlaes has rendered a book for the ages.”
—Steve Forbes, Chairman of Forbes Media LLC and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine
“Shlaes’s account of America in the 1960s recalls her 2007 The Forgotten Man about America in the 1930s, and finds—guess what?—a complicated nation. The author writes with a free style, including information on lesser-known figures of the era, as well as an interesting assessment of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon.”
“A provocative, well-argued take on a turbulent era.”