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.
The American enterprise system grew to be exceptional because of the principles on which it was built — individual freedom, decentralized knowledge, and accountable, constitutionally limited government. But, says Matt Kibbe, politicians in Washington have systematically replaced the dispersed genius of America with top-down dictates and expensive schemes designed to expand the power of insiders and protect the privileged positions of politicians, bureaucrats, and their cronies. In his new book, Kibbe proposes a different path. “Decentralized freedom” can return America to its founding values by breaking up centralized government’s monopoly on power and returning it to where it belongs: with We the People. Kibbe exposes the privileged collusion of Washington insiders and maps out a proven plan for how to return power from the self-appointed “experts” back to the people. Kibbe was dubbed by Newsweek “one of the Tea Party’s masterminds.” Please join us for a fresh and exciting look at past and coming changes in American politics. Kibbe will be joined by Sen. Rand Paul, a leader in advancing policies that are a return to the traditional American concern for liberty from government. Come hear how the nation went off track and how the government might be restored to its foundation in liberty.