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'Social Justice and the Free Market Welfare State'

Friday, 11 November, 2016

Advocates of free markets and limited government traditionally have been hostile to the idea of “social justice,” but the best argument in defense of a classical liberal market order is also an argument about social justice. In this lecture, Will Wilkinson will unpack the concept of social justice and argue that defenders of capitalism made a fateful mistake in rejecting it, putting forth the basis for an exciting new political philosophy of libertarian social justice.

The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the John Cook School of Business Anheuser-Busch Auditorium.

Will Wilkinson is vice president for policy at the Niskanen Center. He has worked for The Economist, the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies. He has written on an array of topics including Social Security reform, the policy implications of happiness research and the political economy of inequality.

The lecture is free and open to the public.