Becoming Europe: Economic Culture, Decline, and How America Can Avoid a European Future

Book Event with Dr. Samuel Gregg

Director of research, The Acton Institute

Wednesday, February 6, 2013  6:00 ‚Äď 7:30 p.m.

At The Westminster Institute

6731 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101


He also spoke at the Westminster Institute on the subject of Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization (October 17, 2019).

About the book

In Becoming Europe, Samuel Gregg examines economic culture‚ÄĒthe values and institutions that inform our economic priorities‚ÄĒto explain how European economic life has drifted in the direction of what Alexis de Tocqueville called ‚Äúsoft despotism,‚ÄĚ and the ways in which similar trends are manifesting themselves in the United States. America, Gregg argues, is not yet Europe; the good news is that economic decline need not be its future. The path to recovery lies in the distinctiveness of American economic culture. Yet there are ominous signs that some of the cultural foundations of America‚Äôs historically unparalleled economic success are being corroded in ways that are not easily reversible‚ÄĒand the European experience should serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

About the speaker

Dr. Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford. He is the author of several books, including Morality, Law, and Public Policy (2000), Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded (2001), On Ordered Liberty (2003), his prize-winning The Commercial Society (2007).