Featuring Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; David Burton, Senior Fellow in Economic Policy, Heritage Foundation; and Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; moderated by Peter Russo, Director, Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring Steve Simpson,
Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice;
Dick Carpenter, Director of Strategic Research, Institute for Justice;
Associate Director for Policy, Campaign Finance Institute; and
Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute.
Most people support campaign finance disclosure laws–that is, laws that require contributors to political campaigns to disclose to the government and the public their identities, addresses, and, in some cases, employers. According to proponents, disclosure laws combat corruption by exposing campaign contributions to the light of day, and they provide information that assists voters in deciding how to vote. Research supporting these claims is sparse, however, and few studies have considered the impact of disclosure laws on rights to free speech, association, and privacy. At this event, the Institute for Justice will release a new study that examines disclosure laws as they apply to ballot issue campaigns. The results seriously undermine the assumption that forced disclosure contributes to a more informed electorate and underscore the adverse impact of disclosure laws on individual rights.