Featuring Dorothy Robyn, Senior Policy Expert, Clinton and Obama Administrations; Stephen Van Beek, Vice President of Aviation Consulting, ICF International; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
Of all the rights the U.S. Constitution protects, courts are probably most vigilant about protecting free speech. Freedom of expression is not only a cornerstone of democratic government, but also central to the more ordinary choices citizens make in their daily lives. Yet one class of speech has been almost entirely ignored by the courts: speech by professionals engaged in their business. In the new issue of Regulation, Cato scholar Timothy Sandefur argues that the Supreme Court should make it clear that censoring professionals is intolerable.
As one of us has already noted, on Monday evening the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to put President Obama’s Clean Power Plan on ice—where it will remain until the justices get a chance to rule on the regulatory package themselves or until a new President sidelines it. The White House, whistling past a graveyard of unrecyclable solar panels (thanks to all the arsenic in them), blew up the vorticity of its spin cycle into relativistic speeds, calling it a “bump in the road” and a “temporary procedural issue.”
Published in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kelo v. New London, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America made a powerful contribution to the firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. Now in its second edition, Cornerstone of Liberty has been fully updated by authors Timothy and Christina Sandefur, and examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005.
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.
Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression
Featuring the author Alvaro Vargas Llosa, with comments by Michael Shifter,
Inter-American Dialogue, and moderated by
Ian Vásquez, Cato Institute.
Latin America was supposed to have ushered in a new era of prosperity with market reforms in the 1990s. Instead, the region saw low growth, financial crises, political instability, and the spectacular
economic collapse of Argentina. What went wrong? Peruvian journalist Alvaro Vargas Llosa will explain that the region’s disappointing performance
is part of a long historical pattern in which reforms of the left and right have typically failed. State oppression has been a constant since at least the Spanish conquest, and it continues to preempt good policies and undermine the efforts of Latin Americans to lift themselves out of poverty. Vargas Llosa will suggest a way out for Latin America, and Michael Shifter will comment on the book’s relevance to the region’s current condition.