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Government downsizing advocate to speak April 13

Thomas E. Woods Jr. will bring his advocacy for government downsizing to the lecturn at Minnesota State Mankato Wednesday, April 13, when he discusses “Who’s Afraid of a Free Society?”

2011-04-14
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-5-11]

Thomas E. Woods Jr. will bring his advocacy for government downsizing to the lecturn at Minnesota State Mankato Wednesday, April 13, when he discusses “Who’s Afraid of a Free Society?”

His talk, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 5-6:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. The event is sponsored by Omicron Delta Epsilon Kappa, the Economics Club, College Republicans and the Campaign for Liberty.

Woods is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and a master’s and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of 11 books, most recently “Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse” and “Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.”

“Most of us will live to see wrenching changes in America as the federal government is forced to renege on the major promises it has made to Americans, primarily involving retirement and health,” Woods writes in “Rollback.”

“The coming federal bankruptcy is an opportune moment to revisit the various myths about government that have led the public to acquiesce in, or even actively support, the ongoing growth in government power,” he adds. “We are urged to believe that, left to our own devices, we would have no art or science, our limbs would be blown off by exploding consumer products, and our kids would be working in mines for a dollar a day.”

Woods says his lecture will “paint a radically revisionist picture of government, prosperity and freedom.”

Those who want more information may contact Aaron Bader, president of Omicron Delta Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Minnesota, at (507) 384-1945 or aaron.bader@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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