Featuring Howard J. Shatz, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Director, RAND-Initiated Research; and Jacob Shapiro, Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs, and Co-Director, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Princeton University; and author of The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations; moderated by John Mueller, Senior Research Scientist, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
Every imaginable product and service has a price, and yet there is something different about pricing prescription medicines. In the new issue of Regulation, Charles L. Hooper and David R. Henderson say that to “fix” drug pricing, we need more competition, more cost sharing, and the liberalization of some regulations. Also in this issue, Larry Downes describes how rent-seeking and public choice have put a telecom deregulation success story at risk, and Jason Scott Johnston looks at the social cost of carbon – how is it derived and how is it used to justify America’s climate policy?
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
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.
James Madison Rules America: The Constitutional Origins of Congressional Partisanship
Featuring the author William F. Connelly, Jr., John K. Boardman Politics Professor, Washington and Lee University; with comments by W. Lee Rawls, National War College; moderated by John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute.
Critics argue that Congress has become the “broken branch,” marked by extreme partisanship and few achievements. They prescribe nostrums ranging from campaign finance regulation to redistricting reform to foster compromise rather than conflict on Capitol Hill. Yet the American founders, especially James Madison, believed “ambition must be made to counteract ambition” as a way to limit the power of government. The Constitution itself favors broad consent to laws over an efficient implementation of the will of a majority. William Connelly believes many of the “flaws” in Congress identified by critics arise from the Constitution. Please join us for a lively discussion of how and why the Constitution created a Congress marked by conflict, polarization, and partisanship and why that might be a good thing.