April 18 Luncheon Meeting Program

"Rugged Individualism: Dead or Alive?"
Will the Concept of Personal Liberty Survive in the U.S. Today?

David Davenport,Davenport

Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution

Tuesday, April 18, 2017  |  11:30 - 1:30

Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive

Members and their guests $28 | Non-members $33

Please reserve by April 14 at:

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     As April 15th looms, tax day, many Americans may be questioning how much government is too much? From health care mandates to the size of a soda we may be allowed to buy, government is taking a larger role in people’s lives. At what point do government taxes and regulations kill off productivity and the incentive to create? Our country, when founded, was exceptional in the freedom granted to the individual.

     “Underlying all the freedoms that the pioneers and founders sought to establish in the new country was individual liberty. It would be the individual, not the monarchy or social class, who would be the essential unit of analysis of action in the New World.”

     Hoover Institution Fellow, David Davenport recently co-authored the book, Rugged Individualism Dead or Alive? which examines individual liberty and traces the balance with the role of government through our country’s history. A brilliant speaker, Mr. Davenport will help us examine this key political question as few others can do in such an entertaining and enlightening fashion.

     As a research fellow at the Hoover Instititue, Mr. Davenport specializes in international law and treaties, constitutional federalism, and American politics and law. He is the former president of Pepperdine University (1985–2000). Under his leadership, the university experienced significant growth in quality and reputation. Davenport cofounded Common Sense California and the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. He served on the board of California Forward, a major bipartisan reform group, and was a member of Governor Schwarzeneggers California Performance Review Commission. He is also a visiting fellow at the Ashbrook Center (2016-17).

     His work on policy appears in a number of places, including a regular column at Forbes.com and regular radio commentaries on the Salem Radio Network and Townhall.com. In recent years, Davenport has been a popular world affairs lecturer for Crystal Cruises.

     Davenport earned a BA with distinction in international relations from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and earned national and international awards in moot court competitions.