Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
So many Americans are concerned with how “Washington isn’t listening to them,” and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are stoking that outrage. But maybe Washington isn’t listening because it is so big that only mobilized special interests have the resources and incentives to pay attention. Maybe big government will never really pay attention to the people. If this is so, then maybe people should stop trying to control each other so much.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
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.
Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization
Featuring the author, Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; with comments by Steven Pearlstein, Business and economy columnist, The Washington Post. Moderated by Daniel J. Ikenson, Associate Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
Politicians and pundits can rage against free trade and globalization, but much of what they convey is myth. Mad about Trade is the much-needed antidote to a rising tide of protectionist sentiment in the United States. It details the benefits of free trade and globalization for middle-class “Main Street” Americans exposed to a barrage of negative claims from politicians and commentators. Griswold shows how middle- and low-income families benefit from import competition, and how a more globalized U.S. economy has created better jobs and higher living standards for American workers through the ups and downs of the business cycle. Mad about Trade tells the under-reported story of how a more open economy has made America stronger and spread our influence in an increasingly integrated world that has become more wealthy, democratic, and peaceful. And it exposes the scandal of how politicians conspire with producers to use trade barriers to stifle competition and raise prices.