Featuring Ned Mamula, Petroleum Geologist, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Management Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
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.
While transportation planners debate investing in highway capacity or building rail transit and high-speed rail, another alternative may make more sense. As discussed in O’Toole’s recently published book Gridlock, new technologies can cost-effectively increase the capacity of existing highways to move people faster and safer while using less energy. Many of these innovations are already available, ranging from adaptive cruise control now being sold on many cars up to completely automated vehicles. The main obstacles to more widespread deployment are not technical but institutional and bureaucratic. Please join O’Toole and Huhnke to find out how transportation could be transformed in just a few years.