Some argue that markets promote freedom by expanding choice and decentralizing decision-making. Some argue that markets threaten freedom by increasing personal vulnerability and social inequality. What role should appeals to freedom play in making the case for or against markets? What’s the relationship between a free society, a market society, and an open society?
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Felicia Wong (President & CEO, Roosevelt Institute)
As the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, Felicia Wong directs the organization's mission, vision and strategy in pursuit of an economy for the many, not the few. Under her leadership, Roosevelt has grown more than four-fold, and now regularly works with the nation's top public officials, academic experts and progressive movement organizers.
Wong's own research focuses on post-neoliberal thought and the intersection of race, economics and social stratification. She is the author of The Emerging Worldview: How New Progressivism Is Moving Beyond Neoliberalism (Roosevelt Institute, 2020) and co-author of The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and the Boston Review.
Wong holds a White House Fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and political appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, serves as board chair of New Media Ventures and is on the boards of Deep Springs College and the immigration policy group America Is Better.
Matt Zwolinski (Philosophy, University of San Diego)
Matt Zwolinski is Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego (USD), founder and director of USD's Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy and director of USD's undergraduate program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He writes about the basic income guarantee, exploitation and the history of libertarian ideas.
Zwolinski is currently writing or editing four books: A Brief History of Libertarianism, with John Tomasi (under contract with Princeton University Press); Universal Basic Income: What Everyone Needs to Know, with Miranda Fleischer (under contract with Oxford University Press); The Routledge Companion to Libertarianism, with Ben Ferguson (under contract with Routledge); Exploitation: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with Ben Ferguson (under contract with Oxford University Press).
His research interests lie in the intersection of ethics, law and economics, with two specific areas of focus: the proper understanding and normative status of liberty and political libertarianism (including libertarian approaches to defending a Basic Income Guarantee) and the nature and moral significance of exploitation for individual ethics and political institutions.
Moderator: Eric MacGilvray (Political Science, Ohio State)