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The Predator State

How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too

As the myth of the free market is overcome by current events, James K. Galbraith's new book explains both its rise and fall. His description of the dynamic and troublesome interaction between the public and private sectors is timely, instructive, and ultimately devastating. The rise of a free market ideology blurred both the distinction between these sectors and the growth of government. It did so in ways that not only contributed to greater wealth and income inequality, but also directly produced the financial crisis which is remaking the global economy on a daily basis. Join us for a discussion of the book and an exploration of the intersection of politics and policy in the response to the financial crisis.

This event is co-sponsored by the Next Social Contract Initiative and the Economic Growth Program.

This event will be WEBCAST LIVE on this page starting at 12:15 pm EST.


New America Foundation
1630 Connecticut Ave, NW 7th Floor
Washington, DC, 20009
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Featured Speaker
  • James K. Galbraith
    Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair, Government/Business Relations, University of Texas at Austin
    Former Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee
    Author, The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too
  • Barry Lynn
    Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
    Author, End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation
  • Mark Schmitt
    Executive Editor
    The American Prospect


  • Reid Cramer
    Research Director, Asset Building Program
    New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Monday, October 6, 2008 - 1:15pm - 2:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036