Tom Palmer returns to Portland May 7th

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by NW Spotlight

The Cascade Policy Institute will be hosting Tom Palmer on May 7th in the Monte Carlo room of Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant to discuss his latest book After the Welfare State.


If this book is anything like his previous, The Morality of Capitalism, it will compile concisely written essays into a very short but detailed volume of exceptionally lucid readability. I was planning to review it for you today, but unfortunately it’s not available on kindle so I’ll have to wait for this event to get my copy. Here is the book trailer though. Books have trailers now; isn’t that cool?

If you only have time to go to one event like this a year, this is the one to attend. Tom Palmer is the most well read man I have ever met, and yet all that knowledge is not trapped inside his head. He possesses a powerful ability to communicate ideas that transcend all the various specialized areas of academic inquiry from sociology to economics.  Holding a doctorate in Political Science from Hertford College of Oxford University where he studied political philosophy under John Gray and the like, unlike the other big thinkers of our day, Dr. Palmer can engage an audience of any persuasion and any level of education in an uplifting way that ensures everyone goes home learning something, himself included.

The event will start at 7pm and run till 9pm, but being a social occasion, plan to arrive early to chat and stay a while afterward to get your book signed. Ernesto’s Restaurant is right next to the Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; its address being:

8544 SW Apple Way

Portland, OR 97225

The modest $15 cover charge will cover delicious appetizers, dessert, coffee, and of course a copy of Tom Palmer’s new book. To RSVP, email Patrick Schmitt at [email protected]  by Friday May 3rd. I hope to see you there.

Eric Shierman lives in southwest Portland and is the author of A Brief History of Political Cultural Change. He also writes for the Oregonian’s My Oregon blog.