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 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.
First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life
Featuring the author, Kenneth W. Starr; with comments by James L. Swanson, Editor in Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review.
What is the proper role of the Supreme Court in American life? Kenneth W. Starr—former law clerk to the chief justice of the United States, Justice Department official, federal appeals court judge, solicitor general, independent counsel, and now appellate lawyer—answers that question in his provocative new book. In chapters on the First Amendment, religion, privacy, affirmative action, voting rights, and criminal justice, Judge Starr argues that ours is a government of limited powers and that the Supreme Court has, since the New Deal, strayed from first principles. Starr offers pithy character and jurisprudential sketches of the justices and pinpoints decisive moments in the Court’s history, including the perversion of the Commerce Clause in the 1930s; the descent of law into politics; and, more positively, the Rehnquist Court’s restoration of federalism. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the Court and the Constitution.