Is there too much government interference in business? Or is even more regulation needed?
Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with Bloomberg's Megan McArdle about Freeing the Economy on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The event is the third presentation in the Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle series, which provides an insider's look at key issues in Washington D.C. through the eyes of America's top journalists.
McArdle is a Washington, D.C.-based blogger and journalist writing mostly about economics, finance, and government policy. She has worked for The Economist, The Atlantic (where she was business and economics editor), Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and Bloomberg View.
A moderate libertarian, she opposed the 2009 bailout of the U.S. auto industry and has written extensively in opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
She has also advocated modest minimum wage increases and has been critical of fellow libertarian Ron Paul for his unwillingness to strongly disavow racist statements that had been affiliated to him in the past.
Von Drehle, a Kansas City resident, has reported and edited for The Denver Post, the Miami Herald, and The Washington Post. Among his books are Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, and Among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture of Capital Punishment. In March, Von Drehle spoke at the Library on his new book Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year.
The Dateline: Washington series is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the to Truman Library Institute. The series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund grants.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.