Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
Americans are finally enjoying an improving economy after years of recession and slow growth. The unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is expanding, and public confidence is rising. Surely our economic crisis is behind us. Or is it? In Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner examines the growing national debt and its dire implications for our future and explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is not just a framework for utopia,” 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.