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.
A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights
It is an axiom of modern American politics that most Republicans and conservatives are not only anti-gay, but that they have capitulated to an anti-gay agenda formulated and pursued by the religious right for the past several decades. David Lampo makes the case that, contrary to the conventional wisdom of many on the right, support for gay rights by Republicans and conservatives is not only consistent with their stated belief in individual liberty and limited government, but will also provide long-term political benefits for the GOP and the conservative movement. He argues that the anti-gay agenda promoted by many social conservatives succinctly exposes the hypocrisy of those who talk of limited government and individual rights, but ignore both when it comes to gay rights and other personal freedom issues. It is, in fact, the defenders of gay rights within the Republican ranks who are keeping faith with core conservative principles. He also presents a variety of polling data that show that rank-and-file Republicans, including many Tea Party supporters, are far more supportive of gay rights than commonly presumed. As the GOP faces a changing nation, Lampo’s provocative call to revive and realize cherished American principles should be heard by every citizen. Please join us for an important discussion of politics and principles.