Cato University 2014

Summer Seminar on Political Economy

July 27, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

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Sunday, July 27
3:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
6:30pm – 7:30pm Reception
7:30pm – 9:30pm Dinner speaker: Tom Palmer, The Science of Liberty
Monday, July 28
8:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15am Jeff Miron, The Power of Incentives
10:15 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 12:00pm Tom Palmer, Origins of State and Government
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm Tom Palmer, Freedom in an Historical Perspective
2:45 – 3:15pm Break
3:15 – 4:30pm Jeff Miron, The Economics of Cooperation and Coercion: Free Markets vs. Interventionism
4:30pm Free Time
6:30 – 7:00pm Reception
7:00 – 9:00pm Dinner speaker: Brian Doherty, Liberalism, Libertarianism, Conservatism, Socialism
Tuesday, July 29
8:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15am Rob McDonald, Liberty and the American Experience, Part I
10:15 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 12:00pm Randy Barnett, Why the Declaration of Independence Was Right: Demystifying Natural Rights
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm Rob McDonald, How Collectivism Nearly Destroyed America before It Even Really Got Started
2:45 – 3:15pm Break
3:15 – 4:30pm Tom Palmer, The World-wide Revolution for Liberty
4:30pm Free Time
6:00 – 9:00pm Off Site Dinner, Dinner Speaker, Gabriela Calderon de Burgos, Liberty in Latin America
Wednesday, July 30
8:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15am Randy Barnett, The Modesty of “Radical” Libertarianism
10:15 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 12:00pm Rob McDonald, Liberty and the American Experience, Part II
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 5:00pm Optional Workshops and Free Time Activities
6:30 – 7:00pm Reception
7:00 – 9:00pm Dinner speaker: Rob McDonald, George Washington and the Power of Restraint
Thursday, July 31
8:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15am Erik Gartzke, The Capitalist Peace
10:15 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 12:00pm Louise Bennetts, A Recipe for Disaster: Populism, Cronyism and Banking Instability
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm Gabriela Calderon de Burgos, The Threat to Liberty from Populist Statism
2:45 – 3:15pm Break
3:15 – 4:30pm Randy Barnett, Our Republican Constitution: Why Popular Sovereignty Requires the Judicial Protection of Human Rights
4:30pm Free Time
6:30 – 7:00pm Reception
7:00 – 9:00pm Dinner speaker: Tom Palmer, Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor
Friday, August 1
7:45am – 9:15am Farewell Breakfast

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Tom PalmerTom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.

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Jeff MironJeffrey A. Miron is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism, with particular emphasis on the economics of illegal drugs. Miron has served on the faculty at the University of Michigan and as a visiting professor at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T. and the Department of Economics, Harvard University. From 1992-1998, he was chairman of the Department of Economics at Boston University. He is the author of Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition and The Economics of Seasonal Cycles. Miron received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College in 1979 and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. in 1984.

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John AllisonJohn Allison is the President and CEO of the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Allison was Chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. He was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade. Allison has received the Corning Award for Distinguished Leadership, been inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Banker. He is a former Distinguished Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University School of Business, and serves on the Board of Visitors at the business schools at Wake Forest, Duke, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Allison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his master’s degree in management from Duke University, and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

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Robert McDonaldRobert McDonald is associate professor of history at the United States Military Academy and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Oxford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his Ph.D. A specialist on Thomas Jefferson and the early American republic, he has published several essays and articles in journals such as The Historian, Southern Cultures, and the Journal of the Early Republic. He is editor of Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (University of Virginia Press, 2004) and Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (University of Virginia Press, forthcoming). He is completing a book to be titled Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson and the Politics of Personality. He lives in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, Christine, and their children Jefferson and Grace.

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Roger Pilon B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies
Director, Center for Constitutional Studies

Roger Pilon is the founder and director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial philosophy. He is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and is an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The Fund for American Studies. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration, including at State and Justice, and was a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. In 1989 the Bicentennial Commission presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. In 2001 Columbia University’s School of General Studies awarded him its Alumni Medal of Distinction. Pilon lectures and debates at universities and law schools across the country and testifies often before Congress. Pilon holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law.

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LLouise C. BennettsLouise C. Bennetts is the associate director of financial regulation studies. She focuses on the impact of financial regulatory reform since 2008, including the attempts to address “too big to fail,” the effect of reforms on nonbank financial companies, the Volcker Rule and issues relating bank resolution and insolvency. Prior to joining Cato, she was a senior associate in the New York office of Davis Polk and Wardwell where she advised both banking and commercial clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including leveraged lending, M&A transactions and bankruptcy-related advice. Most recently, her practice focused on bank regulation, in particular advising financial market participants on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementation. Bennetts holds a first class honors degree in Economics and an LLB (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town, an MA from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of the New York Bar.

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David BoazDavid Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas,” the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook For Policymakers. His latest book is The Politics of Freedom.

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Brian Doherty Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and

Doherty is author of the books This is Burning Man (2004, Little, Brown; paperback BenBella, 2006), Radicals for Capitalism: A History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement (PublicAffairs, 2007), Gun Control on Trial (Cato, 2008), and Ron Paul’s Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired (HarperCollins/Broadside, 2012).

From 1994 to 2003, Doherty worked as associate editor and reporter for Reason, writing a variety of stories on topics ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act to pollution-credit trading to the independent rock scene.

Doherty’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Spin, National Review, The Weekly Standard, San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.

He has been a commentator on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck Show. Doherty was the Warren Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 1999 and served as managing editor at Regulation magazine from 1993-94.

Doherty received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He lives in Los Angeles.

Gabriela Calderon de BurgosGabriela Calderon de Burgos is a Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and editor of, the Cato Institute’s Spanish-language website. Since 2006, she has been a regular columnist at El Universo of Ecuador. She was a research intern at The Cato Institute in the summer of 2004, and completed the Institute’s policy training program of seminars and workshops on research, writing and public speaking. Calderon de Burgos graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in International Relations from York College in Pennsylvania, and in 2007 with a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.

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Randy BarnettRandy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern and Harvard Law School. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.

In 2004, Professor Barnett appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue the medical cannabis case of Gonzalez v. Raich. He lectures internationally and appears frequently on radio and television programs such as the CBS Evening News, The News Hour (PBS), Talk of the Nation (NPR), Hannity & Colmes (FOX) and the Ricki Lake Show. He delivered the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto.

Professor Barnett’s scholarship includes more than eighty articles and reviews, as well as eight books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2004),Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Aspen 2008), and Contracts Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 4th ed. 2008).

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Erik GartzkeErik Gartzke is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He studies institutional correlates to war and peace, with an emphasis on bargaining and rational choice theory. He has contributed prolifically to his discipline, notably in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Quarterly, among many others.

Gartzke holds a political science from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in history from the University of San Francisco.