Bachmann to Speak at the Oxford Union

Mar 11, 2014

Washington, D.C.--Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) will speak at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom this Friday, March 14. Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union is one of the oldest and most prestigious debating societies in the world. Previous speakers have included U.S. Presidents Carter and Reagan, UK Prime Ministers Churchill and Thatcher, and many more distinguished international leaders and thinkers.

Bachmann’s speech, entitled “Seeds of Progress: The struggle between innovation and bureaucracy,” will examine the bureaucratic impulse to control innovation and how to create an environment that fosters growth and innovation rather than limits it.

“It is a high honor to be invited to speak at the Oxford Union and share ideas with some of the brightest young minds in the world. I believe that it is no coincidence that the greatest explosion of innovation in history accompanied our first experiments with political liberty and free enterprise. If we keep our societies open to innovation, we will continue to see breakthroughs that empower individuals to collaborate and transcend the bureaucracies that are thwarting progress,” said Bachmann.

About the Oxford Union
As one of the world's most prestigious debating societies, the Oxford Union aims to promote debate and discussion not just within Oxford University, but across the globe. Steeped in history, it was founded in 1823 as a forum for discussion and debate, at a time when the free exchange of ideas was a notion foreign to the restrictive university authorities.

The Union attracts the most renowned speakers from all walks of life and especially in the world of politics. Guests have included U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, and the UK Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major. Other international leaders and notable figures include the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, and many more.

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