Resolved: The U.S. Can and Should Pick Winners

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
DC Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Americans have great reverence for market forces. We proudly reject anything that smacks of industrial policy or the government picking winners in economic matters. Or do we?  Are we kidding ourselves when we assume the government played no role in the creation or success of pursuits from steelmaking to the Internet. Will our stubborn aversion to government intervention come at a cost as major competitors around the world adopt national innovation policies and ramp up government research and development in emerging technologies? Or is it folly to think the government can actually be ahead of the market, given what has happened in recent years?

James Fallow will moderate the debate with Rob Atkinson and Clyde Prestowitz arguing in support of the proposition and Robert Lawerance and Claude Bartfield arguing against the proposition.

Please join us for us for a thought-provoking and timely discussion.

04/08/2010 09:3004/08/2010 11:30America/New_YorkITIF Event: Resolved: The U.S. Can and Should Pick Winners DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005More information:
James Fallows
National Correspondent
The Atlantic
Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Clyde Prestowitz
Founder and President
Economic Strategy Institute
Robert Lawrence
Albert L. Williams Professor
Harvard University
Claude Barfield
Resident Scholar