A Nation of Takers: A Discussion with Nicholas Eberstadt


Nicholas Eberstadt comes to Liberty Law Talk this month to discuss his significant new book, A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic. Our conversation focuses on the staggering data of our transfer payment state and how it is inevitably strangling the federal government’s operations (by 2010 entitlement spending counted for almost 2/3 of federal spending). We also discuss how we arrived at dependency, the consequences for limited government if it isn’t rectified, and some possible ways of redress. Eberstadt’s book is a sobering account of our fiscal situation and should be read carefully by all.

Related items: David Armor reviews A Nation of Takers.

Nicholas Eberstadt

Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Eberstadt is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).

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  1. Travis Smith says

    I am finding the discussion informative. I had not realized for example that entitlement spending increased under Republican presidents more then under Democrat presidents (with the exception of Reagan – where I understand the entitlement spending did not increase).

    One question (and I will probably need to get the book to see the answer) does the spending under the Republican presidents happen because of Democratic lead congresses, or because of previously laws passed (under different administration) that start to take affect under a Republican congress? I know the Republicans loss their fiscal high moral ground between 2001 – 2007, when they were trying to be “Democratic Light”, and passed a ton of spending programs in the name of “compassionate conservatism.”

    Looking forward to listening to the end of the discussion (driving back and forth from work). Thank-you again.


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