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.
FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life, McCain v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Does the First Amendment Protect Political Speech?
Featuring James Bopp Jr., James Madison Center for Free Speech; Kathleen M. Sullivan, Stanford University Law School; Richard L. Hasen, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; and Martin S. Lederman, Georgetown University Law Center.
On the morning of April 25 the Supreme Court will hear consolidated oral argument in two of the most important campaign finance cases in years. Pitting the Federal Election Commission, plus Sen. John McCain and other members of Congress, against numerous grassroots organizations, the question presented is whether those members, through the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act the Supreme Court upheld three years ago, can prevent such groups from running ads close to an election that take “a critical stance regarding a candidate’s position on an issue.” (Quoted from Senator McCain’s brief.) James Bopp will be arguing the case for the grassroots organizations, joined at the Court by Kathleen Sullivan. Professors Hasen and Lederman, who will also be at oral argument, have filed an amicus brief supporting the FEC and Senator McCain. Please join us for their assessments of the oral argument before the Roberts Court.