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November 7, 2012

On Wednesday, November 7th, the YLC audience heard from a panel of MI experts (Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Paul Howard, and Nicole Gelinas), who commented on the results of the election and what it means for the future of America. Specifically, the scholars focused on the economy, healthcare, job growth, and taxes. The discussion was moderated by vice president for policy research, Howard Husock. The panel was a big success and was even featured in the Washington Examiner. More information at the following link: Manhattan Moment: What election 2012 Means for America

October 3, 2012

Charles R. Kesler, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, addressed the YLC audience on October 3rd and discussed his new book, I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism. Kesler delivered a terrific lecture, providing a historical overview of the development of liberal thought into the modern version that we understand today. The lecture prompted many questions about the direction of Liberalism and what it means for Democrats and Republicans.




September 12, 2012

On September 12th, the Young Leaders Circle welcomed Harvey Pitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Paul Atkins, former SEC commissioner, who discussed shareholder activism and other issues concerning corporate governance. Center for Legal Policy director James Copland and founder of the Center's Proxy Monitor project, moderated the discussion. The Institute's Proxy Monitor project is an online database that tracks shareholder proposals for Fortune 200 companies. For the past two years, the Institute has focused on trends in corporate governance and shareholder activism, highlighting proxy proposals that seek to advance policy goals unrelated to corporate financial performance.

June 6, 2012

"Liberals and conservatives alike are ideological, but conservatives admit it, and they talk about their ideology openly," argued Jonah Goldberg recently in a heated exchange with CNN's Piers Morgan that quickly went viral online. "Liberals don't admit it. They don't even admit it to themselves."

On June 6th Jonah discussed this encounter and many more associated with the publicity for his new book book, The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, which had already hit the New York Times bestseller list. In The Tyranny of Clichés, Goldberg argues that liberals toss around euphemistic terms like "social justice" in order to obscure their real agenda. The book has been called a "grand slam" by Indiana governor Mitch Daniels and a "must read" by actor Vince Vaughn.

Goldberg is the editor-at-large of National Review Online, a syndicated columnist, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. He is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Fox News contributor.

May 2, 2012

On May 2nd, the Young Leaders Circle was treated to a fascinating discussion with one of America's most creative analytical thinkers, Jim Manzi. His new book Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society (Basic Books, May 1, 2012) is the second title to appear under the new < City Journal Books imprint. Jim is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and National Review contributing editor.

In his first book, the software company entrepreneur explains how the methods of science can best be applied to social and economic policy to ensure progress and prosperity—and how poorly founded in research many ambitious government policies are today. It's an argument—updating Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek for the twenty-first century—guaranteed to spark significant discussion.

Advance praise is already pouring in. "A thoroughly argued, powerful study," wrote Kirkus Reviews, while Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, gave this endorsement: "More and more people are coming to realize the crucial role that trial and error play in cultural progress as well as in biological evolution. Jim Manzi's ingenious book not only explores where trial and error work, but where they are lacking—in government, for example, where failure is rarely punished."

March 7, 2012

On March 7, 2012, Manhattan Institute senior fellow Diana Furchtgott-Roth joined the Young Leaders Circle to discuss errors and inaccuracies in economic news reporting, and to explain MI’s news new project, Issues 2012.

A labor economist, Furchtgott-Roth was chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2003 to 2005, and she served as chief of staff at President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2002. She was deputy executive director of the Domestic Policy Council and associate director of the Office of Policy Planning in the White House under President George H. W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, and she was an economist on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1986 to 1987.

Furchtgott-Roth is the author of several books and reports, including Regulating to Disaster: How Green Policy Will Destroy America’s Economy, coming out this August from Encounter Books. She is a prolific writer with a weekly column in RealClearMarkets and the Washington Examiner and a monthly paper in Tax Notes, and she appears regularly on TV and radio.

Suggested Readings:

How Obama’s Gender Policies Undermine America, (Encounter Books, 2010)
Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States, (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008)
The Misleading Tale of Income Inequality, RealClearMarkets, 3-8-12
How Obamacare Increases Unemployment, Issues 2012, 3-6-12
Ask Unemployed How the Stimulus is Working, RealClearMarkets, 8-26-10
The 77% of Income Fallacy, RealClearMarkets, 11-11-10

February 1, 2012

On February 1, 2012, the Young Leaders Circle was pleased to welcome New York Times best-selling authors Irshad Manji and John McWhorter for an enlightening conversation about identity politics. Minority groups of various religious and ethnic backgrounds have always been a flash point in American politics; Manji and McWhorter have successfully examined the reasons for this and offered insightful commentary on how to move forward.

Mr. McWhorter, whose books include Losing the Race and Authentically Black, interviewed Ms. Manji, the writer of The Trouble with Islam Today and Allah, Liberty and Love, about the moral courage it takes to think independently rather than collectively about one’s “group.”

January 4, 2012

Tom Palmer, Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University, gave a special presentation on his recent book The Morality of Capitalism at the January 4, 2012 Young Leaders Circle forum.

While the Occupy Wall Street movement has attracted thousands of young people across the country, it is in part because many on our nation's college campuses are taught exactly what the occupiers preached: that markets are unfair, that capitalism is exploitative, that competition is inhumane, and that government control and redistribution are the solution to society's problems. In response to such claims, Palmer provided and defended a moral justification of capitalism and explained how we can reclaim the narrative of capitalism to show that it's about creating shared value not for the few, but for everyone.





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