Cooperation > Coercion: Alternatives to Socialism

March 20, 2020
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

About the Event

Update: This event is now taking place online as a part of the online conference, “The Rise of the Administrative State.” This conference is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot below!

There are only two ways that humans work together: they cooperate with one another, or they coerce one another. And this reality has dramatic consequences for economics and politics.

Join Antony Davies and James Harrigan, cohosts of the popular Words & Numbers podcast and prolific authors, as they cut through heated partisan debates to provide a refreshingly clear and comprehensive understanding of the way humans work. Moderated by journalist Salena Zito, this talk just may change how you see the world. 

Their myth-busting, accessible outlook provides the key to making sense of hot-button issues ranging from the minimum wage to gun control to taxes.

No partisan talking points. No filibusters. Just refreshing insights into how people work, and what’s really happening in economics and politics today, from two authorities, one a political scientist and the other an economist.

This unique talk will give you: 

  • A first glimpse inside Antony Davies and James Harrigan’s new book, Cooperation & Coercion: How Busybodies Became Busybullies and What That Means for Economics and Politics
  • The chance to grab a copy of Cooperation & Coercion before anyone else—and get it signed by the authors!
  • The opportunity to meet Antony Davies and James Harrigan in person
  • Expert insights on the realities of popular economic ideas like socialism and capitalism, minimum wage, national debt, and more
  • A refreshing perspective on the way the world works

This event is free and open to the public.

Spots are limited, so reserve yours now.

The Speakers

Antony Davies
Antony Davies (Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow, FEE)

Dr. Antony Davies is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at FEE, associate professor of economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers. Dr. Davies authors monthly columns on economics and public policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has written a book on understanding statistics, published by the Cato Institute, and has co-authored hundreds of op-eds for, among others, the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, and Washington Post

His YouTube videos on economics, government, and policy have garnered millions of views. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Davies was Associate Producer at the Moving Pictures Institute, Chief Financial Officer at Parabon Computation, founded several technology companies, and is co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at FreedomTrust, where he lectures on economics for high school students across the country.

James R. Harrigan
James Harrigan (Managing Director, Center for Philosophy of Freedom)

James R. Harrigan is Managing Director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, and the F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast. Dr. Harrigan was previously Dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, and later served as Director of Academic Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and Strata, where he was also Senior Research Fellow. He has written extensively for the popular press, with articles appearing in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and a host of other outlets. His current work focuses on the intersections between political economy, public policy, and political philosophy.

Salena Zito
Salena Zito (National Political Reporter)

Salena Zito joined Washington Examiner in 2016 as a Pittsburgh-based columnist and reporter, and is also a columnist at the New York Post. She is the author of The Great Revolt. She previously wrote for The Atlantic, and spent the last 11 years at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review as both a reporter and columnist covering national politics. Before that she worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers and held staff positions for both Democratic and Republican elected officials in Pennsylvania. She has interviewed every president and vice-president in the 21st Century. In the 2016 election cycle, she interviewed 22 presidential candidates, both Democrats and Republicans.