Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
So many Americans are concerned with how “Washington isn’t listening to them,” and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are stoking that outrage. But maybe Washington isn’t listening because it is so big that only mobilized special interests have the resources and incentives to pay attention. Maybe big government will never really pay attention to the people. If this is so, then maybe people should stop trying to control each other so much.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
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.
Incumbents, Uncompetitive Elections and American Democracy
Featuring Patrick Basham, Senior Fellow, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute; with comments by David Carney, Republican strategist and former White House Political Director.
American politics has fewer and fewer competitive elections. Why are many House races so one-sided? Can anything be done to make our elections more competitive? A timely new study by Cato Institute senior fellow Patrick Basham addresses these questions. In his study, Basham traces the history of political competition, challenges the conventional wisdom on how best to reform the system, and proposes better ways of breathing some competitive life into our elections. His suggested changes address the manner in which congressional districts are designed, political campaigns are funded, and politicians are tenured.