Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
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.