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.
Don’t Blame The Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself
Featuring the author, Robert Sloan, Managing Partner, S3 Partners; with comments by James J. Angel, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; and Frank Hatheway, Chief Economist, NASDAQ OMX. Moderated by Mark A. Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.
In the aftermath of the financial collapse, regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission targeted short sellers as a contributor to the crisis. In Don’t Blame the Shorts, Wall Street veteran Robert Sloan examines how short sellers provide liquidity and transparency to our capital markets. The panel also explores why short sellers are often portrayed as the villains when they expose corporate fraud and mismanagement.