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.
Broadband and the Markets: Perspectives from the Investment Community
Featuring Doug Ashton, Bear Stearns; Blake Bath, Lehman Brothers; Scott Cleland, Precursor Group; Erik Olbeter, Schwab Capital Markets.
This panel of respected telecom industry analysts will discuss the ongoing debate over telecom industry regulation, deregulation, and broadband deployment. They will be asked to discuss various proposals currently before Congress and the FCC and to assess the impact of those measures on markets and consumers. For example: How well is the market working? How can Washington policymakers speed up deployment, competition, or both? Which goal is more important, a plethora of competitors or an expansion of broadband deployment? And does the market really pay attention to bills and what specific policymakers do and say on any given day? Finally, where are telecom stocks headed if the status quo prevails? Which sectors will be the big winners? Which will be the losers?