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.
With comments from Julie Stewart, Founder and President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums; and Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
Although it is a federal crime to possess marijuana in nearly all circumstances, a number of states are adopting different policies. Today 18 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana use for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Some states have gone further. Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington approved initiatives that will legalize marijuana for adult use, regardless of medical condition. Code of the West is a film about the messy marijuana policy debate in Montana. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the lamplight of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the West captures the human story behind both the legislative debate and the recent federal crackdown on Montanans who entered the medical marijuana business. Join us for a discussion of the many issues raised by the film, including the tension between federal and state law, mandatory minimum sentencing, and shifting public opinion regarding marijuana policy reform.