Clemson University: Crony Capitalism and the American Constitution

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Lyceum Lectures: “Crony Capitalism and the American Constitution”


On December 1, 2020, the Lyceum Lectures Series, a JMC partner program, will host JMC faculty partner Michael Munger for a lecture on crony capitalism and the Constitution.

Crony capitalism or governmental intervention into the economy (e.g., subsidies, tariffs, anti-trust laws, etc.) benefits large corporations at the expense of small businesses and individual citizens. But is crony capitalism inevitable in democracies? And can the U.S. Constitution safeguard against crony capitalism?

There will be a Q&A during this event. Though audience members will have the chance to submit questions during the event, we encourage you to email your questions to us by November 30. Please submit questions to:

This event is part of the Lyceum Lectures hosted by the CISC. It has been made possible with generous support from the Jack Miller Center. This event is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation with your family and friends. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 5:30 PM EST
A virtual event through Zoom

Free and open to the public

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Michael Munger teachingMichael Munger is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at Duke University. His primary research focus is on the functioning of markets, regulation, and government institutions. Dr. Munger has taught at Dartmouth College, University of Texas, and University of North Carolina and has also worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration. He is a Senior Fellow of the Independent Institute and the American Institute for Economic Research and is a former President of the Public Choice Society. Dr. Munger was North American Editor of the journal Public Choice for five years and is now a Co-Editor of The Independent Review. His most recent books include Is Capitalism Sustainable? and Tomorrow 3.0: Transaction Costs and the Sharing Economy. Dr. Munger holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Professor Munger is a JMC faculty partner.

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Open to incoming freshmen, the Lyceum Program, a JMC partner program, is the first college program in the United States to use a Great Books approach to studying liberty, capitalism, the American Founding, and moral character. All Lyceum Scholars are assigned faculty “Socratic Tutors” who guide their intellectual development for their entire four-year education. The Program draws inspiration from the Lyceum School founded by Aristotle in ancient Greece. Lyceum Scholars study the moral principles of a free society, the political ideals of the American Founding and the economic foundations of capitalism.

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