Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
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 not just a framework for utopia,” 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.
Featuring Bjørn Lomborg, Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Aarhus,
Author, The Skeptical Environmentalist, and Editor, Global Crises, Global Solutions; and moderated by Jerry Taylor, Director of Natural Resource Studies, Cato Institute
How should governments prioritize responses to the most serious problems facing the world today, such as climate change, communicable diseases, armed conflicts, malnutrition, and hunger? Bjørn Lomborg, author of the controversial bestseller The Skeptical Environmentalist, answers that question in his new book Global Crises, Global Solutions. The book is a product of “The Copenhagen Consensus,” an effort sponsored by Denmark’s National Environmental Assessment Institute. Its purpose was to bring together some of the most respected scholars in the world to map out a path toward positive global change. Professor Lomborg, who served as director of the project, will report what “the best and the brightest” concluded.