Don Watkins

Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute

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.

A fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, 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 regularly at conferences and university campuses, including Stanford, Brown, University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago, and he frequently debates supporters of the welfare state. Watkins is also a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute. 

A columnist from 2010 to 2013, his writings have also appeared in The Guardian, USA Today, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, The Claremont Review of Books, and, among many others.

His latest book, also with Yaron Brook, is Equal Is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.