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In this AEI Events Podcast, Charles Murray offers a retrospective of his career from a personal point of view.
Murray opens by discussing two places that had a lasting impact on his worldview: Newton, Iowa, where he was born and raised, and rural Thailand, where he spent five years as a Peace Corps volunteer and researcher. In different ways, both places taught him about the intimate relationship between local community and a meaningful, happy life.
He then discusses his career as a policy analyst, focusing on the work that was most meaningful to him. Although it did not generate the most public acclaim (or controversy), he has always regarded “In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government” (Simon & Schuster, 1988) as the book he is most proud of writing because it allowed him to wrestle with deep questions about the relationship between policy and happiness.
Murray then reflects on how politics and policy have changed over the past few decades, and he closed with advice to all those who still hold libertarian or conservative principles: Character is destiny.
Run of show: Ryan Streeter is joined by Karlyn Bowman to introduce Charles (2:40), Charles Murray begins his remarks (8:00), and audience Q&A (57:30).
Watch the full event video here. This event took place on January 8, 2018.
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