Unconventional monetary policy—characterized by “zero interest rate policy” (ZIRP) and “quantitative easing” (QE), along with macro-prudential regulation—has increased the power of central banks in the United States, Japan, and Europe. In the new issue of Cato Journal, contributors revisit the thinking behind unconventional monetary policy and the “new monetary framework,” make the case for transparent monetary rules versus foggy discretion, and point to the distortions generated by ultra-low interest rates and preferential credit allocation.
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
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Does the Middle East Need U.S. Aid? Implications for Israeli Security and Prosperity
Featuring Robert Sauer, President, Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies; Corinne Sauer, Executive Director, Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies; and Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
The United States gives Israel some $3 billion in annual aid conditioned on similar aid to Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Authority. According to a study by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, every dollar granted to Israel costs Israel between $1.06 and $1.39. The panel will discuss how the structure of this aid forces Israel to spend more than $3 billion on defense to maintain a balance of power in the region and why ending U.S. aid to the Middle East would benefit regional security and prosperity. Cato scholar Doug Bandow will explain why cutting the aid is also in the interest of the United States.