FCC OKs “Net Neutrality”

The FCC on Thursday voted to reclassify Internet Service Providers as “common carriers” under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, a move that could trigger broad regulatory powers over Internet providers in the name of “preserving the open internet.”  Cato scholar Julian Sanchez is wary of the move: “The FCC is preparing to impose a blanket regulatory structure—including open-ended authority to police unspecified “future conduct” of which it disapproves—in the absence of any sense of what deviations from neutrality might look like in practice.”

The Political Assimilation of Immigrants and Their Descendants

Many skeptics of immigration reform claim that immigrants and their descendants will not politically assimilate and will consistently vote for bigger government for generations.  A new paper from Sam Wilson and Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh suggests that this fear is unwarranted. “The policy and political views of immigrants and their descendants are mostly indistinguishable from Americans whose families have been here for at least four generations,” say Wilson and Nowrasteh. “They and their descendants are unlikely to alter America’s aggregate political attitudes.”

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.

New Cato Journal Tackles Political Capitalism, China’s Transition to a Liberal Society

Political capitalism is an economic and political system in which the economic and political elite cooperate for their mutual benefit.  In the new issue of Cato Journal, Randall G. Holcombe contends that we should understand political capitalism as a distinct economic system, as opposed to an intermediate system lying between capitalism and socialism.  Also in this issue, Weiying Zhang analyzes the role that ideas and leadership play in China’s economic and political transition to a liberal society.

Recent Commentary

Hillary the Stealth Candidate

Shouldn’t there be at least a little bit of curiosity about where the all-but-inevitable Democratic nominee stands on actual issues that will affect the future of this country?


March 4

The Future of NATO and the Transatlantic Security Framework

Featuring Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; James Goldgeier, Dean, American University School of International Service; and François Rivasseau, Deputy Head, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; moderated by Emma Ashford, Visiting Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute.

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium

March 5

King v. Burwell: Obamacare at the Supreme Court Again

Featuring Scott Pruitt, Attorney General, Oklahoma; Simon Lazarus, Senior Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center; Jonathan Cohn, The Huffington Post; and Michael Cannon, Director, Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

12:00pm Hayek Auditorium

Of Special Note

The Tyranny of Silence

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.

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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.

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.