Titans of Industry or Crony Capitalists?
Economics permeates our daily lives as Americans, whether or not we are aware of it. Everyday, Americans participate in the marketplace without questioning the structure that they have inherited. Recently, however, that structure has been challenged by Left and Right alike, and the inheritance has been questioned as being “corrupt“ and “oppressive.“
Is that the case? With Pittsburgh as a historically important city of Industry in American History—pumping out names like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick—join us as we ask the following questions: Who are the Crony Capitalists of America’s past and present, and are they suppressing open competition in a free market? Are the many state privileges garnered by Crony Capitalists a threat to a flourishing and free American economy? Who are the Titans of Industry or “Robber barons” of America’s past and present? Does their industrial success “trickle down” over to the American people at large, or does it simply pad their own wallets? Join some of today’s most brilliant minds in Pittsburgh this November 18-20th to discuss and debate which approach to economics best serves the American interest.