Why the Tax and Monetary Sins of the West Now Threaten Civilization

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

March 10, 2013
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Steve Forbes '70Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
Author of (with Elizabeth Ames) Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't (Crown Business, 2012); (with John Prevas) Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels Between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today…and the Lessons You Can Learn (Crown Business, 2009); and (with Elizabeth Ames) How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today's Economy (Crown Business, 2009)

Not since the 1930s and 70s have we seen so many countries simultaneously pursue such destructive economic policies.  If this trend is not reversed, the political and military consequences— not just the economic ones— will be very ugly.

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.  Under Mr. Forbes’ leadership, the company has launched a variety of publications and businesses, including ForbesLife, Forbes Europe, Forbes Asia; and Forbes licensee editions published worldwide. The company dominates the new media arena with Forbes.com, RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearMarkets.com, RealClearSports.com, and RealClearWorld.com.  The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000.  Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each issue under the heading of “Fact and Comment.”  A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times.  The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

In 1985, President Reagan named him Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB).  In this position, he oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.  Broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland's Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism.  Mr. Forbes was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.

In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency.  Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense.  Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Mr. Forbes is the author of: Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral and Big Government Isn’t, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, August 2012); How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, November 2009); and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas (Crown Business, June 2009).  He also wrote:  Flat Tax Revolution:  Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005); and A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium. 

Mr. Forbes serves on the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University.  He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.

He received a B.A. in History from Princeton in 1970.  


Why the Tax and Monetary Sins of the West Now Threaten Civilization


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