Kicking off the 2010 program series, on Wednesday, January 6th, the Young Leaders Circle had the honor of welcoming former Manhattan Institute senior fellow and current W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Charles Murray.
One of the country's leading social policy scholars and author of 1984's landmark Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980, Mr. Murray discussed the United States' apparent slide towards European-style social democracy and its potential for disastrous civic consequences. He argued that only with a momentous revival of American exceptionalism can our current leaders' pushes for growth-stifling social democracy be countered. A political scientist, author, and libertarian, Murray earned a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His talk at YLC was a version of his AEI Irving Kristol speech, the text of which is available here.