Obamacare at the Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the illegal and ongoing attempt to expand Obamacare outside the legislative process. This is the third challenge to the Affordable Care Act to reach the court. According to Cato scholar Ilya Shapiro, this time is different: “The administration engaged in its own lawmaking process, issuing an Internal Revenue Service rule that nullified the relevant ACA provision. …The Supreme Court must strike down the IRS rule and confirm the principle that all political leaders are bound by the rule of law.”

To Cut or Not to Cut?

Recent controversies surrounding tax competition, corporate tax inversions, and the apparent reluctance by U.S. corporations to repatriate profits earned abroad are all testament to the internationally high rates at which the United States taxes corporate profits. New research from Alexander Ljungqvist examines how corporate taxes affect employment and income. Ljungqvist’s research suggests that corporate tax cuts, when used countercyclically, can be an effective tool if government desires to stimulate employment and income during economic downturns.

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.

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.”

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March 16

The Pentagon Budget: Prospects for Reform

Featuring Dov S. Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; and Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Kate Brannen, Senior Reporter, Foreign Policy.

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.