Don Watkins

Don Watkins is one of today’s most vocal opponents of the welfare state and coauthor, with Yaron Brook, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government and Equal is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality. He is also the author of RooseveltCare: How Social Security Is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance.

A fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, Mr. Watkins studies inequality, Social Security reform, the welfare state and the moral foundations of capitalism. He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, and speaks and debates regularly at conferences and university campuses, including Stanford, Brown, the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago. Mr. Watkins is the host of a podcast on inequality and the welfare state, The Debt Dialogues, which has featured guests such as George Will, Walter Williams and Charles Murray.

A columnist from 2010 to 2013, his writings have also appeared in The GuardianClaremont Review of Books, USA TodayForbesChristian Science MonitorInvestor’s Business DailyThe Daily Caller and, among many others.