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.
Foreign Oil Dependence and National Security: What to Do?
Featuring C. Boyden Gray, White House counsel to former president George Bush, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering; and Jerry Taylor, Director, Natural Resource Studies, Cato Institute.
A new left-right coalition of environmentalists, business interests, and former national security officials was launched recently to address America’s dependence on foreign oil. C. Boyden Gray, a member of the Steering Committee for the Energy Future Coalition, argues that promoting alternative-fueled vehicles and energy conservation would make us less vulnerable to enemies in the Middle East. Jerry Taylor argues that foreign oil dependence has no impact on national security and that additional corporate subsidies and consumer regulation will prove counterproductive. Join us for a spirited debate concerning the future of energy policy during the war on terrorism.