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Free-Market Education Through Debate

June 29, 2012 2 minute Read by Michael McMahan

A recent blog post appearing in the Dallas Morning News announced the Bush Institute and 4% Growth Project’s first annual high-school economic debate tournament to be held in Dallas over the weekend of October 20-21, 2012. The Bush Institute believes that early exposure to free-market ideas provides the background for many decisions made much later in life. Yet many policy leaders, especially those trained in law, social science, diplomacy, and the humanities never receive such exposure: They often move through high school, college, and graduate school past a backdrop of assumptions that obscure the value of free markets. The Bush Institute also believes that learning in a competitive atmosphere, rather than strictly through lectures or seminars, lends itself to a memorable and engaging experience. People remember “that weekend” they won the tournament more often than “that class” where they heard about a book. Achieving sustained economic growth of 4% requires America’s next generations to understand how market-based principles unleash the economy’s potential. The Bush Institute Economic Debate Weekend will be an effective way to engage this next generation of entrepreneurs, policy makers, and job producers, and promises to be a life-changing experience for high-school students from around the country.


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Michael McMahan
Michael McMahan

Michael McMahan currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development, overseeing all fundraising activities and events as well as integration of long-term revenue planning for Bush Institute and public programming work.

Previously, he worked as Vice President, Strategy and Planning. In this capacity he coordinated strategic planning and strategic partnerships across the Bush Center.  He also worked as Director, Institute Policy and Planning and as Program Manager for the Bush Institute’s economic growth initiative.

McMahan is a licensed member of the Texas Bar, and prior to joining the Bush Center he was an energy law litigator. He served in the George W. Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Texas (B.A., Economics) and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law (J.D.).

McMahan serves on the board of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance and is a founding board member of the Dallas chapter of America’s Future Foundation.

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