Roundtable on libertarian paternalism to be held in Washington D.C. later this month

America’s Future Foundation, an think tank comprised of libertarian and conservative members, is sponsoring a panel discussion of Nudge in Washington D.C. on February 18th at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free for organization members, $5 for non-members.

Many view Libertarian Paternalism as oxymoronic. Despite the name, can this idea offer a “third way” and improve our decision making processes in a beneficial way?  Or, is Libertarian Paternalism another way for “choice architects” to manipulate individuals into behaving in ways they view as correct and beneficial, while restricting our individual ability to choose?  Understanding the policy implications of this idea is especially relevant as Cass Sunstein was recently tapped to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration.

The full slate of panelists will be announced soon. More information about the event can be found here.

Addendum: An audio tape of the event is here.

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