Unconventional monetary policy—characterized by “zero interest rate policy” (ZIRP) and “quantitative easing” (QE), along with macro-prudential regulation—has increased the power of central banks in the United States, Japan, and Europe. In the new issue of Cato Journal, contributors revisit the thinking behind unconventional monetary policy and the “new monetary framework,” make the case for transparent monetary rules versus foggy discretion, and point to the distortions generated by ultra-low interest rates and preferential credit allocation.
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
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African Americans, Labor Regulations, and the Courts: From Reconstruction to the New Deal
Featuring David E. Bernstein, Law Professor, George Mason University Law School, with comments by Mark V. Tushnet, Associate Dean, Georgetown University Law Center.
Conventional wisdom has it that economic regulation, labor unions, and the civil rights movement have long been fast friends. Not so, says George Mason University law professor David Bernstein in a new book, Only One Place of Redress. Applying the insights of public choice theory to legal history, Bernstein argues that the much-maligned jurisprudence of the Lochner era-with its emphasis on freedom of contract and private market ordering-actually discouraged discrimination and assisted groups with little political clout. Please join us for a discussion of this provocative thesis with its author.