Senator Marco Rubio Delivers the Inaugural Henry Clay Lecture in Political Economy

Wednesday, December 8, 10:00 AM

Hillsdale College Kirby Center, Washington, DC

Twenty years ago, China joined the World Trade Organization to resounding approval from a neoliberal economic consensus that believed free trade was synonymous with free markets, led inexorably to free societies, and always generated widely shared prosperity. The consensus now lies in tatters, exposed by the ensuing decades as wishful thinking unmoored from the workings of nations and economies. American industry suffered, working families were left behind, and China rose to become an authoritarian adversary on the global stage. Senator Marco Rubio will assess how this flawed bipartisan economic consensus went so tragically wrong and offer a clear-eyed approach to economic policy that can serve the national interest and the common good.

Henry Clay was one of America’s greatest statesmen and the champion of the American System, a robust national economic agenda that supported extraordinary progress, prosperity, and security for nearly two centuries. It built canals, roadways, and highways; fostered industries from revolvers to airplanes to semiconductors; and buttressed the American Dream. Named in his honor, the Henry Clay Lecture in Political Economy presents the thinking of modern American leaders on the role of national economic policy in addressing contemporary challenges for American families, communities, and industry.

Date: Wednesday, December 8

Registration: 9:30 AM (please arrive by 9:45 AM)
Event begins: 10:00 AM

Location: Hillsdale College Kirby Center
227 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Please note: This is an in-person event and will not be live-streamed. A recording of the event will be available later.

This event is at capacity, but we are accepting RSVPs for the waitlist. We will notify you by Tuesday, December 7, if we are able to accommodate you. Register:



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