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.
The Dangers of Disclosure: The Unintended Consequences of Campaign Regulations for Free Speech and Privacy
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.