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In the Green Room: AEI's Arthur Brooks

Posted By Gerrit Lansing On August 4, 2009 @ 4:00 pm In First Principles | Comments Disabled

Newly-anointed American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks spoke at Heritage’s weekly Blogger Briefing today (listen here [1]). He addressed the fact that conservatives must establish new language and new messages to remind Americans of the moral necessity of a culture of free enterprise. “Overwhelming majorities of Americans prefer the free market system,” he said, in an animated 50-minute discussion. “Entrepreneurship and local communities are the single best ways to lift people out of poverty…We have the goods to do what [liberals] say they want to do. We have the data and our cause is just,” he said.

The 45-year-old former Syracuse professor [2] moved to D.C. in January and is an eloquent critic of what he calls the liberal desire to make America into a “social democracy.” In an April 30th Wall Street Journal op-ed [3], he wrote:

Advocates of free enterprise must learn from the growing grass-roots protests, and make the moral case for freedom and entrepreneurship. They have to declare that it is a moral issue to confiscate more income from the minority simply because the government can. It’s also a moral issue to lower the rewards for entrepreneurial success, and to spend what we don’t have without regard for our children’s future.”


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[1] listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebloggersbriefing

[2] 45-year-old former Syracuse professor: http://www.aei.org/scholar/125

[3] April 30th Wall Street Journal op-ed: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124104689179070747.html

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