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Market Society: The Tiny Tim Defense - 2nd annual Liggio Lecture by John Tomasi, Brown University

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Second Annual Liggio Lecture: John Tomasi, Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Philosophy at Brown University. Many people believe the bureaucratic machinery of the welfare state is necessary for the survival of the poor. John Tomasi of Brown University reminds us, however, that the decentralized institutions of a truly free society are the necessary foundation for the least-well-off in society not only to survive, but to thrive. In his presentation of the annual Liggio Lecture at Atlas Network’s 2014 Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner, Tomasi explains how individual rights, free markets, and the rule of law lead to an emergent order of widespread prosperity — and how central government planning short-circuits that process. Tomasi uses a play from London in 1909 called A Message from the Forties to illustrate his point.