Trust Us Film Screening and Reception

June 28, 2023 at 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Hillsdale College Kirby Center, Hillsdale College Kirby Center, 227 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002



Trust Us—the latest documentary from the award-winning team at Pacific Legal Foundation—tells the origin story of American technocracy: rule by experts.

The United States was founded on the principle of separation of powers where each of the three branches of government would keep the others in check.

Early-20th-century progressives believed that idea to be outdated. They began trying to override our constitutional system by placing administrative “experts” in charge of planning and engineering society from the top down. They were convinced that if they could just accrue enough knowledge and power, they could cure the human condition.

What started as a few executive bureaus has become today’s massive administrative state, a “fourth branch” of government that influences every aspect of our daily lives. The results have not been reassuring. Covering everything from economics to housing to health, Trust Us reveals the strange origins and tragic consequences of expert rule.

On June 28, join Pacific Legal Foundation and a panel of (dare we say it?) regulatory state experts for a film screening and discussion, followed by a reception. You’ll have a great time. Trust us.


Event Speakers

Don Boudreaux

Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Steve Simpson

Director of Separation of Powers Litigation, Pacific Legal Foundation

Joseph Kast

Creative Manager, Pacific Legal Foundation

Dr. Richard Samuelson

Associate Professor of Government, Hillsdale College, Washington DC Campus