Why the Worst Get on Top: A Talk to Celebrate the 75 Anniversary of Friedrich Hayek’s book, “The Road to Serfdom.” March 12, 2019


The Road to Serfdom was published 75 years ago this year. It was a tremendously influential book. In his talk, Dr. O’Driscoll will focus on a chapter entitled, “Why the Worst get on Top.” Most advocates of collectivism do so with the best of intentions. They believe a collectivist system will more fair and more equal. Yet the results of collectivism are always the same: cruelty, terror, waste, and catastrophe. Dr. O’Driscoll will discuss Hayek’s argument in the context of his time, but also relative to policy prescriptions being offered today.


Gerald O’Driscoll

Gerald (Jerry) O'Driscoll
Gerald (Jerry) O’Driscoll is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a widely quoted expert on international monetary and financial issues, with writings in or appearances on the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, CNBC, and Bloomberg. Previously, he directed the Center for International Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation. He was senior editor of the annual Index of Economic Freedom, co-published by Heritage and the Wall Street Journal. He served as vice president and director of policy analysis at Citigroup. He was vice president and economic adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He served as staff director of the congressionally mandated Meltzer Commission on international financial institutions. O’Driscoll has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Iowa State University, and New York University. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and is president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. O’Driscoll holds a BA in economics from Fordham University, and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Date: March 12, 2019
Time: Doors open at 5:15 PM (Cash Bar Available, Come meet and greet others)
Dinner at 6:10 PM
Speaker at 6:30 PM
(Presentation followed by question and answer time)

Location: The Club at Arrow Creek
2905 Arrow Creek Parkway ♦ Reno, NV 89511

$35 per person with reservation at the website.
$40 per person at the door without a reservation.
When you make a reservation at this website, you can either pay online for the reservation you make, or agree to pay for your reservation at the door. Reservations will be taken until noon, Tuesday, March 12.