Earlier this year, Professor Pearlstein stirred debate and discussion with a Washington Post commentary piece entitled “Is Capitalism Moral?”

While establishing that socialism and communism have been thoroughly discredited since the Cold War, he indicates that stagnant incomes, growing economic inequality, and the recent financial crisis is beginning to force us all to re-examine the functioning of capitalism and markets.

Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University; Washington Post business and economics columnist

Zachary Courser, Senior Programme Director and Fellow, Legatum Institute

About the Speaker
Steven Pearlstein joined the GMU faculty as Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs in the fall of 2011, and is a business and economics columnist for the Washington Post.  He joined the Post in 1988 as deputy business editor, and has been defense industry reporter, economic correspondent and Canadian correspondent.  Professor Pearlstein was awarded the Gerald R. Loeb Award for commentary in 2007 and the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2008 for columns the previous year anticipating and explaining the recent financial crisis and global economic downturn. In 2011 he won the Gerald R. Loeb Award for lifetime achievement in business and financial journalism.

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