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Free Enterprise Speaker Series hosts 'Democracy in Decline' program

Less than a month before the November midterm elections, Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series will host a presentation titled “Democracy in Decline,” examining international developments in voting and free societies, on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Loren Lomasky

Free and open to the public, the DegreePlus event for students begins at 6 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater. The program will be led by Loren Lomasky, a professor of political philosophy, policy and law at the University of Virginia.

Lomasky will discuss voting and troubling political developments in democratic societies from Turkey to Poland, Hungary to the Philippines, as well as current events in America. He will give his response to the questions “is democracy in decline and does your vote matter anymore?”

Lomansky also is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute and the author of “Persons, Rights and the Moral Community.” He has held research appointments sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for the Study of Public Choice.

With three events each semester, WCU’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series offers “a forum for the campus and community to explore all points of view on important issues of the day, hear from renowned experts from a variety of fields and understand multiple perspectives through civil, informed discourse,” said Edward Lopez, WCU professor of economics and director of the university’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, which sponsors the series. For more information, contact Lopez at

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