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This year, two books are being published defending classical liberalism: one by Richard Epstein and another by John Tomasi. How persuasive is the case for classical liberalism? How does classical liberalism differ from conservatism, libertarianism, or fusionism? Is there an inherent flaw in classical liberalism that explains why it degenerated into welfare state socialism? If so, how can classical liberal theory be inoculated from degenerating in this fashion again? This panel was featured as Showcase Panel II at the 2011 National Lawyers Convention on November 11, 2011.
Showcase Panel II: Political Philosophy and Classical Liberalism Roundtable
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
- Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
- Prof. Andrew M. Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
- Hon. Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law and Director, Stanford Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School and former Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
- Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
- Prof. Paul A. Rahe, Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage and Professor of History, Hillsdale College
- Prof. Douglas B. Rasmussen, Professor of Philosophy, St. John’s University
- Prof. John Tomasi, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University
- Moderator: Hon. Sandra Segal Ikuta, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society