Featuring Ned Mamula, Petroleum Geologist, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Management Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
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 Randal O’Toole, Cato Institute, and Ronald D. Utt, Heritage Foundation.
As policymakers seek to respond to a slowing economy and turmoil in the housing and financial sectors, it is worth considering whether Congress’s proposed cures would be worse than the disease. The recent housing bubble and subsequent subprime mortgage crisis fundamentally stem from the same root cause: artificial housing shortages created by government land-use regulations. Could current proposals improve the stability and efficiency of the markets, or would they be more likely to prolong the pain and sow the seeds of the next dislocation? And what is the role of financial innovation in the current problems? Please join scholars Randal O’Toole and Ronald Utt to discuss how the housing and financial crises were created and how they can be avoided in the future.