For those of you in the vicinity of T. S. Eliot’s home town, FPR editor-at-large Allan Carlson will be speaking at Washington University in St. Louis on Thursday, October 15. The lecture is free.

Here are the details:

Date:  Thursday, October 15, 2009

Time:   7:00–8:00 p.m.

Location: Wilson Hall, Room 214 (campus map:

For directions or more info e-mail Ian at

And here is the talk description—obviously, this is an FPR kind of gig:

Capitalism or Socialism. Big Business or Big Government. Billionaires or Bureaucrats. These are the only alternatives—right? One or the other, or at best splitting the difference, with a little socialism, a little capitalism?


There is a “third” way—in fact, many third ways. Allan Carlson, founder of the Howard Center and a historian of economic thought, is coming to campus to tell us about the men and women who have tried to build systems that fall outside the rigid boundaries of left and right, and instead have been for the little guy.

Does it make sense? Can it work? How?

Come and find out!

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Jeremy Beer
Jeremy Beer is a philanthropic consultant. He lives with his wife, Kara, in the Willo neighborhood of her hometown: Phoenix, Arizona. Although he likes Arizona and the land west of the one hundredth meridian generally, Jeremy is from Kosciusko County, Indiana, and considers himself a Hoosier patriot. He believes that Booth Tarkington was one of our greatest novelists, that Jean Shepherd was one of our greatest humorists, that Billy Sunday was our one of our greatest (and speediest) orators, and that Larry Bird is without a doubt our greatest living American. Jeremy obtained his doctorate in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2000 to 2008 he worked at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware, serving finally as vice president of publications and editor in chief of ISI Books. He serves on the boards of Front Porch Republic, Inc., Mars Hill Audio, and Catholic Phoenix. A more complete and much more professional bio can be found here. See books written and recommended by Jeremy Beer.


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