Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
So many Americans are concerned with how “Washington isn’t listening to them,” and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are stoking that outrage. But maybe Washington isn’t listening because it is so big that only mobilized special interests have the resources and incentives to pay attention. Maybe big government will never really pay attention to the people. If this is so, then maybe people should stop trying to control each other so much.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
Answering the Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Featuring Stuart Anderson, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; and Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice; moderated by Laura Renz, Government Affairs Manager, Cato Institute.
Critics of comprehensive immigration reform contend that providing legal temporary visas for low-skilled workers or legalizing current undocumented workers will increase unemployment and expand the welfare state. In fact, evidence shows legalized immigrants earn higher wages and pay more in taxes than undocumented workers, and expanding the economy will open up more opportunities for Americans. Stuart Anderson, former staff director of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, will discuss his new Cato policy paper that addresses and proposes solutions to the most common arguments offered against immigration reform. Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, will provide additional evidence on the benefits of comprehensive reform.