Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
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 Charles Peña, Director of Defense Policy Studies, Cato Institute and Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
The United States is a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which will be subject to a review conference next month. For the arms-control community, the NPT is seen as the bulwark of successful efforts to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. But the NPT has two potentially fatal flaws. First, the NPT allows countries to develop uranium-enrichment capability as part of a peaceful nuclear power program; but such capability is the basis for developing nuclear weapons. Second, the premise of the NPT is that in exchange for the other nonnuclear signatories (currently 183 countries) giving up their nuclear aspirations, the five nuclear signatories agree to eventually dismantle their nuclear arsenals. The latter goal was probably never realistic. Moreover, a U.S. policy of preemptive regime change actually creates incentives for countries to acquire, not forswear, nuclear weapons. Our experts will discuss the prospects and problems facing the upcoming NPT review conference.