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Intro to My September 12, 2011 Speech at Western Kentucky University

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On the (almost) 10-year anniversary of 9/11, I gave a speech at Western Kentucky University. The speech was titled “Lessons Not Learned from 9/11: An Economic, Numerate, and Constitutional Perspective.” Here are the opening lines: It’s altogether fitting and proper that we should take time to remember the innocent people whose lives were lost on September 11. Fortunately, I didn’t lose anyone on that horrible day. But some friends of mine did lose people they knew and cared for; one friend lost two of his friends: one in the airplane that flew into the Pentagon and one in the World Trade Center in New York. And anyone in this audience who has ever watched a rerun of Cheers or Frasier has some connection to someone murdered on 9/11: TV producer David Angell, who,

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Intro to My September 12, 2011 Speech at Western Kentucky University

On the (almost) 10-year anniversary of 9/11, I gave a speech at Western Kentucky University. The speech was titled “Lessons Not Learned from 9/11: An Economic, Numerate, and Constitutional Perspective.”

Here are the opening lines:

It’s altogether fitting and proper that we should take time to remember the innocent people whose lives were lost on September 11. Fortunately, I didn’t lose anyone on that horrible day. But some friends of mine did lose people they knew and cared for; one friend lost two of his friends: one in the airplane that flew into the Pentagon and one in the World Trade Center in New York. And anyone in this audience who has ever watched a rerun of Cheers or Frasier has some connection to someone murdered on 9/11: TV producer David Angell, who, with his wife, Lynn, was on American Airlines #11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center.

Before I go on, let me ask: is there anyone here who lost any of the 2,977 victims of 9/11?

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But if all we do is remember and mourn the dead, we will lose an important opportunity to learn from what happened on 9/11. That’s why I’m here: to tell you what we can learn.

David Henderson
David Henderson is a British economist. He was the Head of the Economics and Statistics Department at the OECD in 1984–1992. Before that he worked as an academic economist in Britain, first at Oxford (Fellow of Lincoln College) and later at University College London (Professor of Economics, 1975–1983); as a British civil servant (first as an Economic Advisor in HM Treasury, and later as Chief Economist in the Ministry of Aviation); and as a staff member of the World Bank (1969–1975). In 1985 he gave the BBC Reith Lectures, which were published in the book Innocence and Design: The Influence of Economic Ideas on Policy (Blackwell, 1986).

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