Featured Events

November 13

The Tyranny of Silence

The Tyranny of Silence

Journalists face constant intimidation. Whether it takes the extreme form of beheadings, death threats, government censorship or simply political correctness—it casts a shadow over their ability to tell a story.

No one knows this better than Flemming Rose, the editor at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten who, in 2006, published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, inciting a worldwide firestorm. In his new book, The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech he not only recounts that story, but takes a hard look at the slippery slope of attempts to limit free speech.

Rose writes about the people and experiences that have influenced the way he views the world and his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and ex-Muslims living in Europe. Rose offers more than a personal account of a riveting event. He defends freedom of speech as essential to a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic. Please join us to hear this important voice favoring freedom of speech.

November 19

If Everything Is Getting Better, Why Do We Remain So Pessimistic?

If Everything Is Getting Better, Why Do We Remain So Pessimistic?
Evidence from academic institutions and international organizations shows dramatic improvements in human well-being. These improvements are especially striking in the developing world. Unfortunately, there is often a wide gap between reality and public perceptions, including that of many policymakers, scholars in unrelated fields, and intelligent lay persons. To make matters worse, the media emphasizes bad news, while ignoring many positive long-term trends. Please join us for a discussion of psychological, physiological, cultural, and other social reasons for the persistence of pessimism in the age of growing abundance.

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October 23

Challenging the Status Quo: The Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives

Challenging the Status Quo: The Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives

When the Federal Reserve was founded in 1913, it was with the purpose of providing for a stable monetary and financial system. However, the Great Depression, the Great Inflation, and the Panic of 2008 serve as serious reminders of the Fed’s failure to achieve its original mission. Yet, despite this record, the Fed’s regulation of the economy has expanded. After a century, it is time to judge the Federal Reserve’s history and evaluate alternatives to central banking. To that end, the Cato Institute has established the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, which will focus on the development of policy recommendations that will create a more free-market monetary system in the United States. Please join Cato’s scholars for a discussion on how the Cato Institute’s new center seeks to educate the public and elected officials on the need for a monetary system that is consistent with the rule of law and genuine competition.

Past Events

November 24

Free Speech and Minority Rights: the One, Inc. v. Olesen Case

 Free Speech and Minority Rights:  the One, Inc. v. Olesen Case

Featuring Robert Corn-Revere, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; Lisa A. Linsky, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP; and Jonathan Rauch, Author and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; moderated by Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

November 21

National Security and Double Government

National Security and  Double Government

Featuring the author Michael Glennon, Professor of International Law, Fletcher School, Tufts University; with comments by Gene Healy, Vice President, Cato Institute; and Jeremy Shapiro, Fellow, Brookings Institution; moderated by Justin Logan, Director, Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

November 21

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Featuring Alex Epstein, Author, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and Founder, Center for Industrial Progress; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.