Heritage Events Podcast
The Prime Minister of Latvia on a Transatlantic Plan for Economic Recovery
As the world reels from the economic impacts of COVID-19, the U.S. and its allies can move beyond the current crisis together to foster increased economic freedom. The U.S.-European Economic Partnership Recovery Plan emphasizes transatlantic community cooperation on key issues such as free trade agreements, the Three Seas Initiative, energy security, and the future of 5G technology. As Americans and Europeans cooperate on these matters, Latvia is uniquely positioned to strengthen our understanding of how to successfully navigate these issues inEurope.Please join us on June 30th for a special conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, His Excellency Mr. Krišjānis Kariņš.
Responding to the Chinese Communist Party’s Mishandling of COVID-19
Since the start of the pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has obfuscated important information about COVID-19. The Chinese government has silenced whistleblowers, forcibly disappeared citizen journalists, and misreported infection and death rates from COVID-19. Civil society and other critical responders, like Taiwan, have been sidelined. The CCP’s early decision to limit knowledge about the novel coronavirus significantly hampered other countries’ ability to respond to their own domestic outbreaks. The international community is now exploring various options for holding the CCP accountable. Join us for a conversation of how the U.S. and other countries can take effective, independent, and apolitical measures to hold the CCP accountable for mishandling COVID-19.
Universal Savings Accounts: An Important Idea in a Time of Uncertainty
With the importance of savings magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new idea is gaining popularity: Universal Savings Accounts (USAs).These all-purpose savings accounts would allow every American to save for things other than just retirement, education, and health care. USAs could enable citizens to save for a rainy day, start a business, or grow their family. TheNational Coronavirus Recovery Commissionalso recently recommended USAs as a critical policy for reducing the financial risks of future pandemics by allowing more Americans to save for future unknowns. Hear from experts about how USAs not only protect savers from complicated and costly taxes but can help build local communities, support families, and shore up civil society.
The Meat Supply During the Pandemic and Beyond
Due to worker illnesses and even deaths related to COVID-19, there has been a bottleneck at meat processing plants that has reduced the supply of meat and poultry. Fortunately, these problems appear to be easing, but the situation remains fluid. As a result of these supply problems, there has been significant attention placed on the nature of the meat processing industry and the regulatory barriers imposed by federal meat inspection requirements that make it more difficult to sell meat. What is the current status of the meat supply, and what has been the practical impact of the bottleneck on farmers, processors, and consumers? What kind of meat-inspection reforms are being proposed? Would they make an impact on the meat supply and do they properly consider food safety and consumer interests? Join us as our experts discuss these timely issues.
Freedom or Equality: The Key to Prosperity Through Social Capitalism
Capitalism offers greater prosperity and opportunity for everyone, while socialism, unnecessary interventionism, and other choices promise equal outcomes but inevitably fail. The findings of The Heritage Foundation’s annualIndex of Economic Freedomreaffirm the truth of this statement year after year. A complete government takeover of healthcare, for example, would mean less competition among providers and a greater degree of statist intervention that would translate into lower quality healthcare treatment systems, less research, and fewer innovations. Fortunately, it is not too late to fix or avoid these problems. Join us for a discussion with author and internationally recognized economist Daniel Lacalle and Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.
Advocacy for Better Civic Education
Civic literacy is at an all-time low. The majority of Americans agree that the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are essential to K-12 education. Parents and leaders of civil society are joining forces to ensure our children understand the function and role of the American government and civil society. Join us for a candid discussion that highlights modern trends toward the teaching of revisionist history, and action civics—promoting political activism to our youth. Scholars and advocacy experts will give a chilling account of our past failures to fight bad curricula and its devastating impact. Make sure to participate in this forum to learn the practical steps you can take toward preserving and transmitting our American story to the next generation.
Right to a "Basic Minimum" Education? What Does the Constitution Say?
Does the Constitution guarantee a right to a “basic minimum education”? How will a court’s decision affect the quality of education provided by public schools? Join us for a discussion with experts in education policy and law as they analyze the 6th Circuit’s recent ruling inGary B. v. Whitmer, in which the court held that Detroit students’ Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated due to the school district’s poor learning environments and educational outcomes, and its implications for state’s rights and public education. That decision has been challenged and will be reconsidered by the Sixth Circuiten banc. Our experts will share their insights into the likely judicial outcomes of the impending hearing.