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.
Education and Capitalism: How Overcoming Our Fear of Markets and Economics Can Improve America’s Schools
Featuring the authors Herbert J. Walberg, Hoover Institution; and Joseph L. Bast, Heartland Institute; with comments by John Fund, Wall Street Journal.
In spite of steady progress for the school choice movement over the last 20 years, relatively few children today are educated outside the government monopoly school system. Why hasn’t school choice been implemented on a wider scale? According to the authors Herbert Walberg and Joe Bast, the reason is that people don’t understand capitalism. Because people lack a basic understanding of how capitalism works, they are fearful of trusting it to educate children. Education will move from a government-operated enterprise to a privatized one only if people understand how and why markets can be trusted to do a better job of educating our children than government does. Please join us for a discussion of the virtues of capitalism and the methods for countering the myths about markets and education.