Featuring Ned Mamula, Petroleum Geologist, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Management Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring Roy Prosterman, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Landesa; and Keliang Zhu, Attorney, China Team, Landesa; with comments by Xiaobo Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
China now has one of the largest rural-urban income gaps in the world, with the vast majority of its 120 million extreme poor living in the countryside. A fundamental cause of enduring rural poverty is that many Chinese farmers do not have secure property rights to land. Roy Prosterman and Keliang Zhu will review the findings of Landesa’s recent large-scale survey of the status of farmers’ land rights. They will describe advances in the protection of such rights, the emergence of a land transactions market, and the growth of long-term investments by farmers. They will also discuss significant, ongoing violations of farmers’ property rights and the impact on Chinese stability and food production. Xiaobo Zhang will comment on China’s uneven protection of property rights.