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 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.
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With President Bush’s call for comprehensive Social Security reform bogged down in the morass of partisan politics, many reform advocates have suggested smaller steps to get the process started. Recently, leading reformers in both the House and Senate have proposed legislation to rebate Social Security surpluses to workers in the form of contributions to personal accounts. The House is reportedly considering voting on a measure as early as this month. Michael Tanner, director of the Cato Institute’s Project on Social Security Choice, will examine the leading proposals, including S. 1302, the Stop the Raid on Social Security Act of 2005, and H.R. 3304, known as GROW for Growing Real Ownership for Workers. Tanner will discuss how these plans would impact workers, the federal budget, and the ongoing effort for larger reforms.