The idea of socialism is ancient. Organized socialist movements took form in Europe in the nineteenth century, and socialism emerged as a dominant political ideology in many places around the world by the twentieth century. This second CCA of the 2019-2020 academic year, co-sponsored by the Ludwig von Mises Lecture Series, will consider socialism, its practice over time, and its resurgence today.
Robert A. Sirico is co-founder and president of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Academy. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Financial Times, The Detroit News, and The Washington Times. He has been a guest on numerous television and radio programs on CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia Society, Rev. Sirico is the author of Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy.