Chinese Free Trade Is No Threat to American Free Trade

As debate over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) heats up, the White House, and some commentators, have weighed in with an argument for this trade pact that has nothing to do with economics: We need the TPP, they say, because without it, China will impose its own trade rules on the region, and those rules will undermine American trade values.  In a new paper, Cato scholar Simon Lester argues that the concerns about letting China write the rules are misguided. “The TPP should succeed or fail on its economic merits,” says Lester. “China’s negotiations do not threaten American goals.”

The Inequity of Federal Transit Funding

Federal transportation aid programs often create perverse incentives for states and metropolitan areas. The worst incentives are created by discretionary funds that encourage state and local governments to adopt wasteful programs in order to get the largest possible share of those funds.  In a new study, Cato scholar Randal O’Toole and Michelangelo Landgrave look at the incentives created by such funding and suggest that Congress should convert the New Starts and other discretionary funds to formula funds which incorporate user fees.

Cato University 2015

Cato University is the Cato Institute’s premier educational event of the year. This annual program – held this year at Cato in Washington, DC – brings together outstanding faculty and participants from across the country and, often, from around the globe – all sharing a commitment to liberty and learning. In a time of pitched battles over critical policy issues, our nation’s capital is the perfect setting to examine the roots of our commitment to limited government.

The Business of Earth Day

Earth Day is traditionally a day for the Left — a celebration of government’s ability to deliver the environmental goods and for threats about the parade of horribles that will descend upon us lest we rededicate ourselves to federal regulators and public land managers. This is unfortunate because it’s businessmen — not bureaucrats or environmental activists — who deserve most of the credit for the environmental gains over the past century and who represent the best hope for a Greener tomorrow. Cato’s energy and environment research promotes policies that would help protect the environment without sacrificing economic liberty, goals that are mutually supporting, not mutually exclusive.

Recent Commentary

Events

April 30

In Search of a Syria Strategy

Featuring Emma Ashford, Visiting Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute, (@emmamashford); Erica Borghard, Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), (@eborghard); and Nicholas Heras, Research Associate, Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security; moderated by Justin Logan, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute, (@JustinTLogan).

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium

May 1

National Security Implications of New Oil and Gas Production Technologies

Featuring Eugene Gholz, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; with comments by Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor, George Mason University; and Keith Crane, Director, Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program, RAND Corporation; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium

Of Special Note

The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom

The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom

Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies. The Libertarian Mind is the ultimate resource for the current, burgeoning libertarian movement.

Special! 10 Copies for $10

Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

Cato Book

The Tyranny of Silence

With the tragedies in Denmark and Paris, self-censorship in the face of intimidation and the nature of free speech are at the forefront of public debate. No one knows this debate better than Flemming Rose, the editor of the Danish newspaper that published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005 that set off a global firestorm. In Tyranny of Silence, published by the Cato Institute, Rose offers a deeply personal look at attempts to limit free speech in a multireligious, culturally borderless world.

Get your copy today.

The Beautiful Tree Audiobook

The Beautiful Tree Audiobook Now Available

Upon its release several years ago, The Beautiful Tree was hailed as “a masterpiece.” Author James Tooley braids together personal experience, community action, individual courage, and family devotion to tell the story of the small, parent-funded schools he first came upon in India that could help achieve universal education. Tooley details his travels from the largest shanty town in Africa to the mountains of China, and the children, parents, teachers, and entrepreneurs who taught him that the poor are not waiting for educational handouts. They are building their own schools and learning to save themselves.

This best selling and award winning Cato Institute book is now available as an unabridged audiobook for $24.95.