Thursday, February 11, 2016
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Texas Public Policy Foundation
901 Congress Avenue

Join the Texas Public Policy Foundation for a book discussion with F.H. Buckley, author of The Way Back: Restoring the Idea of America in an Era of Diminishing Expectations

In 2011 George Will announced that if the Republicans lost the next presidential election “they should get out of the business.” And then they lost the next election. Obama was no longer the 2008 rock star and the economy had tanked, but running on a platform of economic inequality he clobbered his opponent – an asset fund manager. Now it’s 2016. Will there be a repeat?

Income inequality is a false issue, however. We don’t mind unequal outcomes if everyone has a fair shot at the prize, if we’re the country of opportunity. The problem is that we’re no longer that. The country of opportunity has spawned an aristocratic New Class, and we’re one of the most immobile countries in the First World. But there’s a Way Back. Reverse all the policies which have made us immobile—and which the Left loves: bad schools, wasteful higher ed, a crazy immigration system, a regulatory mess and a breakdown in the rule of law.

We need to become less well-behaved and call out thee people who have given us an aristocratic New Class, and tell them they are unjust and hypocritical.

Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law, where he has taught since 1989. Before then, he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He has also taught at McGill Law School in Montreal, the Sorbonne (Paris II),and Sciences Po in Paris.

His most recent books are The Once and Future King (Encounter Books, April 2014), The American Illness (ed., Yale 2013), Fair Governance (Oxford 2009), Just Exchange (Routledge 2005), The Morality of Laughter (Michigan 2003) and The Fall and Rise of Freedom of Contract (ed. Duke 1999). His The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America in an Age of Diminishing Expectations will be published in Spring 2016 by Encounter Books. His current project is a book on corruption in America.

He is a frequent media guest, and has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, the CBC, Radio France, the Rush Limbaugh show, the Kojo Nnamdi show (NPR), Newsmax, Reason TV, the Federalist Radio Hour, Real Clear Politics,, the Charles Adler show on Sun TV, the Ezra Levant Show on Sun TV, EWTN, The Blaze, the Michael Medved Show, the Milt Rosenberg Show at WGN Chicago, the Jim Bohannon Show, American Family Radio, the Dr. Alvin Jones Show, the Bob Dutko Show, the AACONS Show, the Steve Levy Show, the Alan Nathan Show, the Vernuccio/Allison Report, LibertyWatch Radio KVOI Tucson, the Bruce Wolf and Dan Profit How on WLS Chicago, the Ben Shapiro Show KTTH Seattle, the Georgene Rice Show on KPDQ Portland, the Brian Thomas Show on 55KRC Cincinnati, the Riley O’Neil Show on WROK Rockford, the Paul Malloy Show on WTAN Clearwater, Coffee and Markets, the John Caldera Show on KHOW Denver, the Josh Kimbrell Show on 92.9 Greenville SC, the Mike Pintek Show on KDKA Pittsburgh, the Schilling Show on WINA Charlottesville, Coastal Daybreak on WTKF North Carolina, the Wilkow Majority on Sirius XM, the Mike Church Show on Sirius XM, the Tom Woods Show, Freedom and Prosperity Radio, the Rich Zeoli Show on CBS Philadelphia, Turning Hard Times into Good Times show on Voice of America Radio, Mornings with Nick Reed on KSGF Springfield MO, Trunews with Rick Wiles, the Alison Clements Show on 88.9 Halifax and the Ed Hand Show on 1310 Ottawa.

He is a senior editor of The American Spectator, and has also written for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Spiked, National Affairs, the American Conservative, the New Criterion, US News, the Washington Times, the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, National Review, Crisis Magazine, the Ottawa Citizen and the Orlando Sentinel. His essays have been profiled on Arts and Letters Daily, Ezra Klein’s Wonkbook, Real Clear Politics and the Drudge Report.

He is a citizen of Canada and also became an American citizen on Tax Day, April 15, 2014. He lives in Alexandria VA with his wife, Esther, two German Shepherds and two cats (the good one and the evil one). His daughter, Sarah, and her husband Nick Mark are fellows at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Complimentary lunch will be provided at this event.
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