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Politics, Law, and Economics Lecture Series

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The PLE Lecture Series is designed to highlight the ways in which politics, law and economics work together to sustain free enterprise. International and nationally renowned scholars, journalists and policy-analysts visit Florida Southern and share their insight and experience with students. Open to the public, this series is a great opportunity to meet experts in various fields.

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2019-2020 Politics, Law & Economics Lecture Series

Becker Business Building - 6:00 PM


August 27, 2019: John C. Goodman, Ph.D.

Solving the Healthcare Crisis

The Trump administration is the first administration in modern times to acknowledge that our most serious health care problems arise because of government failure, not market failure. Because of unwise public policies, we have suppressed normal market forces in health care - so much so that no one ever sees a real price for anything. Dr. Goodman will explain what is wrong in US health care, what public policies need to change and the role of the Trump administration and Congress in making that happen.  John C. Goodman is the President and CEO of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research. He has been called "the Father of Health Savings Accounts" and one of the four people who have most influenced the changes shaping our health care system. A prolific author and television expert guest discussing topics such as flat tax, welfare reform, and Social Security privatization. Dr. Goodman regularly briefs members of Congress on economic policy and frequently testifies before congressional committees. 

September 24, 2019: Richard d. Wolff, Ph.D.

How the Economy Shapes Your Life

Dr. Wolff will explain how and why people today understand economies differently. He will compare neoclassical, Keynesian and Marxian economics to show how their differences matter in shaping our education, our politics, our careers … in short … our lives. Dr. Wolff is a Professor of Economics, author, speaker, host of Economic Update, and founder of Democracy at Work. He focuses on complex economic issues and enjoys making them understandable to empower listeners with information to analyze their own financial situation and economy at large. He has written extensively on the topic of economics,capitalism, Marxism, and the need for economic system change. In addition to his line of published books, he regularly publishes shorter analytical pieces on the website of the Monthly Review magazine,, and ROAR Magazine. He was among the founders in 1988 of the new academic association, Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA) and its quarterly journal Rethinking Marxism. He is currently on the board of Left Forum in New York.

October 8, 2019: Dennis Jansen, Ph.D.

Monetary Policy After the Great Recession

The conduct of monetary policy, previously firmly established, has been greatly altered in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The Federal Reserve System now sets a policy rate and holds a huge asset pORtfolio that has resulted in a greatly expanded monetary base, and yet it has trouble hitting its announced inflation target. This talk will explain the current monetary policy operating procedures, how we got into this position, and the Federal Reserve’s challenges in moving toward 'normalization’ of its balance sheet.

Dr. Jansen is a Professor of Economics and the Jordan Professor of Public Policy at Texas A&M University. He has served as department head, as director of graduate programs and as director of undergraduate programs at Texas A&M. Dr. Jansen was editor of Economic Inquiry, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland.

November 5, 2019: Charlotte Allen, Ph.D.

The Symbolic Transformation of the Islamic Headscarf

Increasing numbers of Muslim women, both in the West and elsewhere, wearing a headscarf and other Muslim garments has become a symbol, not of male misogyny but of proud religious and ethnic identity. What all this means for the West - which has spent the last two centuries succeeding in marginalizing its own traditional religions - is hard to predict, but the future of secular liberalism doesn’t look promising.

Dr. Allen is an award-winning journalist who has published prolifically in the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, Insight, City Journal, Washington Monthly, the New Republic, and the Atlantic. She is the author of “The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus” (1998). Her B.A. is from Stanford, and she also has an M.A. from Harvard, a law degree from U.S.C., and a doctorate in medieval and Byzantine studies from the Catholic University of America.

November 19, 2019: Christian Schneider

Are Campus Bias Response Teams Suppressing Free Speech?

In recent years, hundreds of colleges and universities have created campus "bias response teams," which allow students and instructors to anonymously report one another for perceived infractions involving "hate" or "bias." Often times, these complaints are made following private conversations or classes in which professors speak about controversial issues. Supporters of bias teams argue they are necessary to prevent bias from occurring on campus; yet their detractors believe universities are being turned into miniature "surveillance states" where students are encouraged to inform on one another. Are these systems an important weapon in fighting bias, or do they chill free speech on campus?

Christian Schneider is a senior reporter for The College Fix with a focus on investigative, enterprise and analysis reporting. He is the author of "1916: The Blog" and has spent time as a political columnist at USA Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and National Review Online. His op-eds have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, City Journal, Weekly Standard and National Review. He has also been a frequent guest on political television and radio shows. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Marquette University and lives in Madison, Wisconsin


December 3, 2019: William J. Luther, Ph.D.

is bitcoin a bubble?

The price of bitcoin soared from around $1000 in February 2017 to an astounding $19,343 in December 2017. Today, the price of bitcoin is around $11,000. Naturally, many are left scratching their heads. What is bitcoin? Why has the price of bitcoin fluctuated so much over the last few years? Why does it remain so valuable today? Will governments ban or regulate bitcoin? Will alternative cryptocurrencies displace bitcoin? What roles will bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology play in the future of payments? these questions will be discussed in order to consider the fundamental value of bitcoin.

Dr. Luther is an assistant professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University, director of the American Institute for Economic Research's Sound Money Project, and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Dr. Luther's research focuses primarily on questions of currency acceptance.

January 21, 2020: Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Ph.D.

How We Got Rich: Not Capital, Not Exploitation, Not Institutions, But Liberty

Dr. McCloskey taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2000 to 2015 in economics, history, English, and communication. A well-known economist, historian, and rhetorician, with eleven honorary degrees from U.S. and European universities, she has written 19 books and around 400 scholarly and popular pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistical theory to transgender advocacy and the bourgeois virtues. Her books and articles have been translated into a dozen languages, from Swedish to Chinese.

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PLE - Archived Speakers

  • August 28, 2018 - DR. VICTOR V. CLAAR: FAIR TRADE fair is your cup of joe?
  • November 6, 2018 - DR. RAFAEL ACEVEDO: RICHES TO RAGS: the Real Success of Socialism
  • November 13, 2018 - DR. ANDREI ILLARIONOV: RUSSIA: Puzzle or Phenomenon?
  • November 27, 2018 - DR. JOSE M. GARCIA: MARIEL: Before & After
  • December 4, 2018 - HOWARD HUSOCK: PUBLIC HOUSING & CYCLES OF POVERTY...Time for a New Approach
  • January 15, 2019 - DR. DANIEL PIPES: MIDDLE EAST & THE WEST: Why so fraught for so long?
  • February 5, 2019 - REV. ROBERT A. SIRICO: The Moral Case for a Free Economy
  • March 14, 2019 - DR. AMY L. WAX: The Perilous Search for Equal Results
  • April 2, 2019 - DR. WALTER E. WILLIAMS: The Role of Government in a Free Society
  • October 10, 2017 - DR. SUZANNE K. SCHOLTE: The Battle for Human Rights in North Korea: Is There Hope for Peaceful Change?
  • November 4, 2017 - DR. ANDREW RETTENMAIER: Is Social Security Wealth?
  • December 5, 2017 - DR. ABIGAIL HALL BLANCO: Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism
  • January 16, 2018 - DR. VIKRANT REDDY: Tough or Soft on Crime?
  • January 30, 2018 - DR. NUNO GAROUPA: Can Judges be Trusted?
  • February 6, 2018 - DR. DAVID SKARBEK: The Social Order of the Underworld
  • March 13, 2018 - DR. CHRISTOPHER J. BOUDREAUX: Crony Capitalism = Destructive Entrepreneurship
  • October 11, 2016 - JASON L. RILEY: The State Against Blacks
  • November 10, 2016 - DR. JAMES D. GWARTNEY: Economic Freedom, Poverty, and Worldwide Income Inequality
  • November 29, 2016 - DR. BRUCE L. BENSON: Criminal Justice: the System-wide Failure of Criminal Law and Its Enforcement
  • January 17, 2017 - ALEX ARMLOVICH: The Sharing Economy: Uber and all That ...
  • March 2, 2017 - DR. THOMAS R. SAVING: Live Free and Prosper
  • April 4, 2017 - DR. PAUL H. RUBIN: Emporiophobia: How to Roll Back the Demonizing of Free Markets

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Antony Dnes, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Free Enterprise
Professor of Economics