Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
Americans are finally enjoying an improving economy after years of recession and slow growth. The unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is expanding, and public confidence is rising. Surely our economic crisis is behind us. Or is it? In Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner examines the growing national debt and its dire implications for our future and explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is not just a framework for utopia,” 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.
President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Former member, Council of Economic Advisers;
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Alan Greenspan will retire as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in the next several months after serving more than 18 years, arguably the most successful period of monetary policy in the history of the Federal Reserve. Has the Fed followed an identifiable monetary rule during this period? Should the Fed follow a specific rule in the future, and if so, what should it be? How important is it for the administration, Congress, the press, academic macroeconomists, and the financial community to understand this rule?
Those are the issues that will be addressed by William Poole, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a former member of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. Commenting on Poole’s presentation will be William Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute and Poole’s former colleague on the CEA.