Revisiting the Role of Government in our Polarized Society

FDR's New Deal, LBJ's Great Society, Ronald Reagan's stance against “Big Government”—all express different attitudes toward the role of government. Most of us go about our lives without paying too much attention to the impact of these attitudes. Today, though, we find ourselves living in a nation polarized by differing ideas about what government should—and should not—do for us. Our speakers will share their views on what the ideal role of government should be in meeting today's challenges, with or without government involvement.



Tamara Draut, VP of Policy and Research at Demos, is responsible for developing and advancing the organization's goals through research, idea generation, and policy development. She is the author of two ground-breaking books: Sleeping Giant: How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America (2016) and Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead (2006).


Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a columnist at the New York Post. She writes on urban economics and finance. Gelinas is a CFA charter holder and the author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington (2011).


Peter Coy, moderator, is Economics Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He writes on a wide range of economic, social, and financial issues. He is a regular contributor to the magazine's “Remarks” column. Mr. Coy came to Businessweek from the Associated Press in New York, where he served as a business news writer since 1985. 


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September 14, 2017 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Fairleigh Dickinson University
140 University Plaza Dr
Wilson Auditorium
Hackensack, NJ 07601
United States
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