Featuring Rene Quashie, Senior Counsel, Epstein, Becker & Green; and Jeff Rowes, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice; with a response from Josh Sharfstein, Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; moderated by Simon Lester, Trade Policy Analyst, 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.
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 Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress.
There is talk of reinstating the draft. The Pentagon is worried about overextended manpower and the Selective Service System is quietly seeking volunteers for draft boards. Reps. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) both support reinstating the draft, and a national service bill by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) resembles a draft proposal. Before the possibility becomes a reality, we need to examine whether returning to a draft is a good idea. Our experts will explain how current policies are driving us toward a draft and will discuss such grave questions as whether we need a draft to bolster our stretched-too-thin military; whether a conscripted force would be as capable as an all-volunteer force; and whether a draft would serve societal goals such as equality among differing income or ethnic groups.