Cato Scholars Respond to the 2015 State of the Union

President Obama on Tuesday laid out his plans for the upcoming year in his sixth annual State of the Union (SOTU) address. What will the President’s words mean for liberty? Cato scholars live-tweeted their reactions to what the president said—and what he left out. Follow @CatoInstitute on Twitter and review the conversation using #CatoSOTU.

Are Public-Sector Jobs Recession Proof? Were They Ever?

As government budgets have tightened in the aftermath of the Great Recession, increased scrutiny has been placed upon the compensation received by public-sector workers, and the job security associated with public-sector work.  New research from Jason L. Kopelman and Harvey S. Rosen examines the extent to which public-sector employment has been relatively recession proof in the past, whether previous patterns with respect to job displacement held during the Great Recession, and whether the experiences of federal, state, and local government workers have been similar.

Terminating the Department of Homeland Security

Many Americans are understandably worried about terrorism and domestic security. But a much smaller and more focused set of homeland security agencies would deal with the threats we face more effectively and efficiently. A leaner array of federal security and intelligence agencies would also be less likely to encroach on state responsibilities, and less able to undermine our personal freedoms.

The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech

With the tragedy at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, issues of self-censorship in the face of intimidation and the nature of free speech have rapidly moved again to the forefront of public debate. No one knows this debate better than Flemming Rose, the editor at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten who in 2005 published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, inciting a worldwide firestorm. In his new book, The Tyranny of Silence, published by the Cato Institute, Rose not only recounts that story, but takes a hard look at attempts to limit free speech….offering an extraordinarily authentic perspective that can be fully applied to the debate now raging over a motion picture, threats of violence, and what it means to live in a multireligious, culturally borderless world.

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Events

January 29

Can We End Poverty?

Featuring John Allison, President, Cato Institute; John McWhorter, Center for American Studies, Columbia University; Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Ron Haskins, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities Project; Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink; Christopher Wimer, Co-Director, Center on Poverty and Social Policy; Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute; Jo Kwong, Director of Economic Opportunity Programs, Philanthropy Roundtable; Harriet Karr-McDonald, Executive Vice President, Doe Fund; Robert Woodson, Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; David Beito, Professor of American History, University of Alabama; and Mauricio Lim Miller, Founder, President and CEO, Family Independence Initiative.

8:30am Columbia University

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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.