Liberty In Peril During Pandemic

  • May 13, 2020
  • 04:00 Pacific Time (US & Canada)



Lincoln once famously said the United States were “conceived in liberty.” But less than two centuries later, cherished American freedoms—even the fundamental right to make a living—are being smashed by the immense power of the administrative state. 

Liberty is in peril. 

And never more so than in this time of pandemic. 

Government officials, egged on by progressive elements in the mainstream media, have made the medical problem worse and taken a hammer to US economy, impoverishing nearly 40 million of our fellow citizens.


How did we get here and—more important—what can we do about it? 

Join public choice economist Randall G. Holcombe for a live discussion with Dr. Graham H. Walker, Independent Institute’s Executive Director, and find out! Q&A will follow.

Holcombe’s new book, Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History, recently published by the Independent Institute (Oakland, California), is indispensable reading for all those who care about America and the future of her freedom and prosperity. 

Find this startling book on thinkspot, Amazon, or 

Dr. Holcombe also has been writing cogently on the pandemic and the government’s response: Health, Wealth, and Liberty in the COVID-19 Era, COVID-19 and Your Constitutional Rights, and Government Restrictions Have Gone Too Far.


Randall G. Holcombe is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, past President of the Public Choice Society, and past President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, and has taught at Texas A&M University and Auburn University. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute and was a member of the Florida Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Graham H. Walker is Executive Director and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy at the Independent Institute. He received his B.A. in history from Houghton College, Diplôme in political theory from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva, and Ph.D. in public law and government from the University of Notre Dame. 

He is the author of Moral Foundations of Constitutional Thought and The Ethics of F.A. Hayek, plus numerous papers and articles in such publications as Public Discourse, The Resurgent, Nomos, and the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, for which he was also guest editor.

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