Rooseveltcare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance

This is a presentation on how you should think about political issues. You will learn why it is important to challenge the conventional wisdom concerning political thinking and why self-reliance is the key to human flourishing.

From the speaker, Don Watkins:

“If nothing is done, the bill for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will bankrupt Millennials and their children. But support for these programs is strong, among the elderly and the young alike. In this talk, bestselling author Don Watkins argues that this support is based on a handful of myths, and that if Americans knew the truth about the welfare state, they would not want to save it–but to abolish it.”

In this video you will learn:

  • How the debt draft prevents you from pursuing your dreams.
  • Why you should rethink the welfare state.
  • How to create a new society that focuses on the individual.

About the speaker:

Don Watkins is one of today’s most vocal opponents of the welfare state and coauthor, with Yaron Brook, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.

A fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, Mr. Watkins studies Social Security reform, the welfare state, and the moral foundations of capitalism. He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, and speaks regularly at conferences and university campuses, including Stanford, Brown, University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago, and he frequently debates supporters of the welfare state. Mr. Watkins is the host of a weekly podcast on the welfare state, The Debt Dialogues.

A columnist from 2010 to 2013, his writings have also appeared in The Guardian, USA Today, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, The Daily Caller, and, among many others.

Mr. Watkins is an alumnus of ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center. His latest book is RooseveltCare: How Social Security Is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance.

You can find more about Don Watkins at and

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