Featuring David Walker, Former Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office; David Wessel, Director, Hutchins Center, Brookings Institution; and Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Josh Zumbrun, Reporter, Wall Street Journal.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
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.
Featuring Chris Edwards, Editor, www.DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute; Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group; Andrew Moylan, Outreach Director and Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; and Josh Sewell, Senior Policy Analyst, Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Congress may pass a major farm bill reauthorization this year for the first time since 2008. Farm bill supporters claim that draft bills in the House and Senate would save taxpayers billions of dollars, but that isn’t the case. The bills would eliminate so-called direct payments to farmers, but the savings would be plowed into new subsidy programs and higher guaranteed prices for certain crops. What can be done to reform costly farm subsidies that harm agricultural markets and damage the environment? Chris Edwards, Scott Faber, Andrew Moylan, and Josh Sewell will discuss the impact of farm programs on taxpayers and the environment and suggest possible reform steps.