Becoming Europe: Lecture & Book Signing


$5.00 per ticket, includes refreshements


5:30 PM Registration & Reception
6:15 PM Lecture and Q&A
7:15 PM Book Signing

Complimentary valet parking will be available. Acton's main entrance is on Sheldon Blvd.

For questions, contact Charles Roelofs at 616.454.3080 or

Event Date: 
June 27, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:15pm

Acton Institute
98 E Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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

Please join Dr. Samuel Gregg, Acton's Director of Research as he discusses his new book Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future.

Americans see, across the Atlantic, European economies faltering under enormous debt; overburdened welfare states; governments controlling close to fifty percent of the economy; high taxation; heavily regulated labor markets; aging populations; and large numbers of public-sector workers. They also see a European political class seemingly unable—and, in some cases, unwilling—to implement economic reform, and seemingly more concerned with preserving its own privileges. Looking at their own society, Americans are increasingly asking themselves: "Is this our future?"

In Becoming Europe, Samuel Gregg examines economic culture—the values and institutions that inform our economic priorities—to explain how European economic life has drifted in the direction of what Alexis de Tocqueville called “soft despotism,” 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’s historically unparalleled economic success are being corroded in ways that are not easily reversible—and the European experience should serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

Dr. Gregg will be signing copies of the book after the lecture.