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Author, Journalist & EU Parliament Member
Rev. Robert A. Sirico
President, Acton Institute
DANIEL HANNAN has represented South East England in the European Parliament since 1999. Hon. Hannan became an international sensation in March 2009, when a YouTube clip of his speech to then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown (United Kingdom) attracted 1.4 million views within 72 hours, making by far the most watched political clip in British history. A thoughtful and articulate spokesman for liberty, Hannan's writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, American Spectator, and Catholic Herald among others. He has written nearly a dozen books, including his latest, Inventing Freedom, which examines the contributions of the Anglosphere (or English-speaking nations) in inventing, expanding, and extending the principles of political liberty. He blogs regularly on important political and cultural issues at www.hannan.co.uk.
REV. ROBERT A. SIRICO is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI. A regular writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues, Rev. Sirico’s contributions have been carried by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others. In his recent book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is not only the best way to meet society’s material needs but also the surest protection of human dignity against government encroachment.