Featuring Amir A. Nasr, Author, My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind—and Doubt Freed My Soul (St. Martin’s Press, 2013); with comments by Suad Ad., Researcher, Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, Morocco; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
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.
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.