Featuring Gene Healy, Vice President, Cato Institute; and Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by John Maniscalco, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
In Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics, economists Bruce Yandle and Adam Smith explain how money and morality are often combined in politics to produce arbitrary regulations benefiting cronies, while constraining productive economic activities by the general public.
Two major new books on Ayn Rand testify to the continuing impact of America’s most influential novelist of ideas. Sales of Rand’s books have been impressive for 66 years — more than 25 million — and have recently surged, perhaps in response to the dramatic increase in government intrusion into the free market. Rand remains a major influence on both libertarian and conservative communities, and these two new studies illustrate the growing scholarly interest in her impact. Jennifer Burns, a professor of history at the University of Virginia, looks at the development of Rand’s ideas and her alliances — and clashes — with other intellectual and political figures. New York writer Anne Heller draws on original research in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s relatives and acquaintances, and previously unexamined archives to develop the first complete and independent biography. Please join us for a forum and book signing.