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.
A Better Congress: Change the Rules, Change the Results
Public trust in Congress has declined over the past few years. Generally, Congress is trusted less than the other two branches of government, a disturbing thought concerning the institution that was intended to be the most representative of all. What is wrong with Congress? What might improve its image and effectiveness? A Better Congress: Change the Rules, Change the Results, by Joseph Gibson, an Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award nominee, is a comprehensive look at the reasons that Congress does not work well and real solutions that can make Congress work better. Gibson has worked in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government, including serving as chief antitrust counsel and chief minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. He also brings to the book a deep knowledge of the scholarship on Congress, which is presented in a clear and accessible fashion. Please join us for an engaging look at the prospects for improving representative democracy in the United States.