Featuring Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; David Burton, Senior Fellow in Economic Policy, Heritage Foundation; and Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; moderated by Peter Russo, Director, Congressional Affairs, 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.
Thomas Szasz is a pioneering critic of the psychiatric establishment and a leading libertarian thinker. His many books include <em>The Myth of Mental Illness</em>, <em>Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs</em>, <em>Addicts, and Pushers, and The Therapeutic State</em>. In this lecture he will draw on his most recent book, <em>Liberation by Oppression: A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry</em>, and his work in progress, <em>Faith in Freedom: Libertarian Principles and Psychiatric Practices</em>, to argue that the greatest and most immediate domestic threat to individual liberty is psychiatry. He will show why this is the case, discuss how this situation came into being, and consider the diverse libertarian responses to it.