The King's English Bookshop is proud to partner with Tanner Humanities Center to present Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and author, Naomi Oreskes, for a discussion and book signing of her new book, The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market. Oreskes will be in conversation with the Executive Director of Tanner Humanities Center, Erika George, author of Incorporating Rights: Strategies to Advance Corporate Accountability.
This event is free to attend but a ticket is required and can be reserved on Eventbrite here. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
The event will take place in the Moot Courtroom at the J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, 383 South University St. E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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About the book:
In the early 20th century, business elites, trade associations, wealthy powerbrokers, and media allies set out to build a new American orthodoxy: down with “big government” and up with unfettered markets. With startling archival evidence, Oreskes and Conway document campaigns to rewrite textbooks, combat unions, and defend child labor. They detail the ploys that turned hardline economists Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman into household names; recount the libertarian roots of the Little House on the Prairie books; and tune into the General Electric-sponsored TV show that beamed free-market doctrine to millions and launched Ronald Reagan's political career.
By the 1970s, this propaganda was succeeding. Free market ideology would define the next half-century across Republican and Democratic administrations, giving us a housing crisis, the opioid scourge, climate destruction, and a baleful response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Only by understanding this history can we imagine a future where markets will serve, not stifle, democracy.