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.
Featuring Peter Brookes, Heritage Foundation; Joseph Cirincione,
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Ted Galen Carpenter,
Cato Institute. Moderated by Charles V. Peña, Cato Institute.
Iran appears to be playing a cat-and-mouse game with the International Atomic Energy Agency, claiming that its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes. Yet the Iranians are proceeding to enrich uranium that could then be used to build nuclear weapons. Undersecretary of State John Bolton advocates isolating Tehran and has stated that the United States will not “allow America’s national security to be dependent on the good faith of a group of fanatic mullahs seeking nuclear weapons.” Some presidential rhetoric is eerily similar to language used very early in the run-up to the Iraq war. The Israelis have made it clear that they will never permit Iran to become a nuclear power and are reported to be buying 500 bunker-buster bombs from the United States. Is preemptive military action against Iran inevitable? What are the consequences of such action? Is engagement with Iran to create a nonproliferation regime a viable option? Are isolation and engagement the only policy choices? Is it possible for the United States to come to terms with a nuclear-armed Iran?