George Mason University professor and renowned economist Tyler Cowen joined political commentator Bill Kristol at Roosevelt University to discuss his most recent book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. Cowen offered his thoughts on the great stagnation he has observed in America, which he believes to be more comfortable and complacent but less open to dynamic change and innovation than it once was. The event was titled “The Jack Miller Conversation on the American Dream” in recognition of JMC’s support of Roosevelt University.
This conversation was part of a week-long conference at Roosevelt University titled “The American Dream Reconsidered,” which included other notable speakers as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Harvard Professor Danielle Allen, political strategist David Axelrod, and Judge Ann Claire Williams. The conference offered panels, performances and service activities open to the Roosevelt community and the general public
Tyler Cowen hosts the blog Marginal Revolution, one of the most popular and widely read economic blogs. He has written many books, including his most recent The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. Cowen is a professor at George Mason University and currently holds the Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics. In a 2011 survey in The Economist, he was nominated as one of the most influential economists of the past decade.
Bill Kristol is a political analyst and commentator, and one of America’s leading conservative voices. Kristol is founder and editor at large of The Weekly Standard and appears regularly on several television networks. Over the years, he has worked with a number of prominent conservative think tanks, including the Project for the New American Century, which he co-founded.
Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 to protest discriminatory racial and religious college admission quotas, and remains dedicated to providing access to higher education for all qualified students.
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