Conservative Conversations with ISI: Oren Cass and Victor Claar

July 15, 2020
7 p.m. ET

Is Free Trade Good for the Poor?

Is free trade good for the poor?

Does removing all barriers to American markets and eliminating government support for domestic producers help those most in need?

How should America reduce poverty and help the poor prosper?

Many conservatives argue that free markets are most effective at distributing resources and meeting people’s needs.

But is that true?

Find out during this episode of Conservative Conversations with ISI on Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. ET.

Author and policy analyst Oren Cass will debate professor of economics Victor Claar on the role—and limits—of free markets in reducing poverty.

Cass has made a name for himself by challenging the long-held conservative economic consensus. With his new organization, American Compass, he aims to restore an emphasis on “the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity.”

Claar, meanwhile, is a leading thinker on the moral framework needed to sustain a free economy.

Spots for this debate are limited and first come, first served. So register now.

About Oren Cass

Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity. Prior to founding American Compass, Oren held roles as a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and a management consultant in Bain & Company’s Boston and Delhi offices. He is the author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.

About Victor Claar

Victor V. ClaarDr. Victor V. Claar is associate professor of economics at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he holds the BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise. He studied business and math as an undergraduate at Houghton College in upstate New York, and earned his masters and doctoral degrees in economics at West Virginia University.

Professor Claar is an affiliate scholar of the Acton Institute, as well as a member of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Faculty Network. He is a Fulbright Scholar, having spent a year teaching economics to graduate students in the former-Soviet republic of Armenia.

Professor Claar has a long, impressive record of publications, including his influential book, Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices, now in its tenth printing and recently translated into Chinese. His forthcoming book with coauthor Greg Forster, The Keynesian Revolution and the Rise of Economic Materialism: We’re All Dead, is under contract to be published in early 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan.

While you may have heard that economics was once dubbed the “dismal science,” Professor Claar’s work demonstrates that this field is quite the opposite, especially when it does what Professor Claar does: combine sobering analysis and Christian principles to offer a vision of hope. Professor Claar is also the author of Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution, an incisive, thoughtful work that challenges us all to rethink how we buy what we need and want.