A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
Americans are finally enjoying an improving economy after years of recession and slow growth. The unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is expanding, and public confidence is rising. Surely our economic crisis is behind us. Or is it? In Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner examines the growing national debt and its dire implications for our future and explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects.
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.
Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do
Featuring Andrew Gelman, Professor of Statistics and Political Science, Columbia University, Michael P. McDonald, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute and author of The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed American Politics and Culture. Moderated by Will Wilkinson, Research Fellow, Cato Institute .
In his illuminating new book Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State, Columbia political scientist and state-of-the-art number cruncher Andrew Gelman explodes persistent myths about American voting patterns just in time for the 2008 elections. Gelman, with co-authors David Park, Boris Shor, Joseph Bafumi, and Jeronimo Cortina, shows that rich states lean Democratic while rich individuals still lean Republican. The real culture war, he argues, is being waged between affluent Democrats and affluent Republicans, not between the haves and have-nots. Gelman explores how religion does and doesn’t affect rich and poor voters and how the rich-poor voting divide differs in “red” and “blue” states. And what about all those “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” voters? Please join us for an eye-opening discussion of the changing face of the American electorate and its implications for the politics of tomorrow.