Featuring David Walker, Former Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office; David Wessel, Director, Hutchins Center, Brookings Institution; and Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Josh Zumbrun, Reporter, Wall Street Journal.
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.
Featuring Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute.
Drug reimportation looks “inevitable,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson in May. Last year the House overwhelmingly passed a bill lifting the federal ban on reimporting prescription drugs, and three such bills are now pending in the Senate. Several state and local officials, defying federal law, have begun their own reimportation programs. John Kerry supports reimportation. And President Bush recently signaled he would reconsider the issue if drug safety can be ensured. Something is going to give.
In his recent Cato study, Roger Pilon has taken an in-depth look at this complex issue and concluded that lifting the reimportation ban is the right answer, even if bills currently in Congress don’t always do it the right way. Please join us for a broad discussion of an issue that is sure to be on Congress’s plate until it is resolved.