Watch the 2013 Bradley Symposium live:

Are We Freer Than We Were Ten Years Ago?

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Event Description

This year, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation celebrates a decade of the Bradley Prizes, annual awards designed to recognize “individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication” who have made “contributions of excellence” consistent with the foundation’s mission.

To mark the occasion, Bradley asked previous prize winners to gather on June 12 to discuss the question “Are We Freer Than We Were Ten Years Ago?” Are we fulfilling the foundation’s mission to preserve and defend the tradition of free, representative government and private enterprise that enabled America and, indeed, the West to flourish economically and intellectually? What has changed over the past ten years, and what will the next ten years bring?


8:15 a.m.

Welcome by Bradley Foundation President Michael Grebe and Master of Ceremonies William Kristol

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Panel discussion: Economic Opportunity at Risk?

The Bradley brothers believed that their commercial success could only have been possible within a system of democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it. Are the conditions of economic opportunity still present today in America and around the world? What can we do to cultivate those conditions?

Clint Bolick, Director of the Center for Constitutional Litigation at The Goldwater Institute in Phoenix (Moderator)

Gary Becker, Professor of Economics and Sociology at The University of Chicago

Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Arnold Harberger, Professor of Economics at the University of California-Los Angeles

Allan Meltzer, Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon

John B. Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Panel discussion: Is Our Political Culture Undermining Freedom?

The Bradley brothers understood that freedom requires a political culture that is not only friendly to individual enterprise, but that also nurtures critical commitments like personal responsibility, moral obligation and civic engagement. Is our culture reinforcing or undermining those commitments today, and what might we do about it?

Leon Kass, Madden-Jewett Chair at the American Enterprise Institute (Moderator)

Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst for The Washington Examiner

Ward Connerly, Founder and Chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute

Heather Mac Donald, John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

William H. "Chip" Mellor, President and General Counsel of the Institute for Justice

Bradley Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School

Stephan Thernstrom, Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard University

Robert Woodson, Founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

12:50 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Promoting the Idea of Freedom

The preservation of freedom requires not only certain economic and cultural conditions, but also thoughtful scholars, journalists, and other shapers of public opinion who understand the demands of liberty and are able to come to its defense. The Bradley Prizes were designed to celebrate and recognize those who were best at this. Are opinion leaders and intellectual elites in the West becoming more or less friendly to freedom? What sorts of Bradley Prize winners should we seek in the future to move American political thought in a positive direction?

Charles Krauthammer, National Journalist and Commentator

Responses by:

Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University

William Kristol, Founder and Editor of The Weekly Standard

2:00 p.m.


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