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 David Dollar, World Bank; and Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Has the wave of globalization that began some 20 years ago spurred growth and reduced world poverty? Mark Weisbrot will explain why he thinks that global economic integration has been disruptive to developing countries and left most poor countries behind. He will argue that growth has slowed in the post-1980 period, and the poor have frequently not shared in the gains from economic expansion. David Dollar will explain why globalization has increased growth and reduced poverty in countries that have chosen to integrate in the world economy without increasing inequality within those countries. Because globalizing countries are catching up to rich countries, he will argue, the centuries-long rise in global inequality has ended and may even be reversing itself. Please join us as both speakers try to sort out facts and misperceptions in the debate about globalization.