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Come Hear Dick Carpenter

We are pleased to announce that a friend of the Advance Arkansas Institute – Dr. Dick Carpenter – will come to Little Rock later this month to give a brief talk about his newest book.
Carpenter’s book describes a fundamental problem with our government: the powerful special interests who use the special capabilities of government for their own private benefit. He’s coined a new term to describe these people: “Bottleneckers.” Carpenter will describe his research on the abusers and the victims of protectionist regulations: alcohol distributors, casket cartels, interior designers, tour guides, and street vendors – just to name a few.
Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit” is a new book from the Institute for Justice by Dick Carpenter and Chip Mellor. As the Institute for Justice puts it:

A “bottlenecker” is anyone who uses government power to limit competition, thereby reaping monopoly profits and other benefits. Bottleneckers work with politicians to constrict competition, entrepreneurial innovation and opportunity; they limit consumer choice; they drive up consumer prices; and they support politicians who willingly overstep the constitutional limits of their powers to create, maintain and expand these anticompetitive bottlenecks.

We hope you’ll join us for Carpenter’s lunch talk. Carpenter will speak on “Bottleneckers” on Tuesday, April 25 at the Association of Arkansas Counties building (1415 West 3rd, near the Capitol) in Little Rock. Registration and socializing will begin at 11:30; Carpenter will speak at 12 noon; he will then take questions and lead a discussion at 12:30. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
There is a $25 per person admission fee, which includes lunch. (Tickets may be reserved here.  If you choose to pay by check or cash, please reserve your ticket here and make payment at the door prior to the event.) If you have any questions about this event – or if you are a journalist who would like to attend – please contact me directly at
Dick Carpenter is the co-author of Bottleneckers. He is not only the director for strategic research at the Institute for Justice, but is also a compelling speaker and an old friend. I’m looking forward to seeing him speak, especially after reading his book – and I can tell you that, after reading his book, I have never felt so indignant about the injustices that are created by government today.
Please join us. I think it will be fun, and I hope to see you there.

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