Featuring the author Thomas E. Hall, Professor of Economics, Miami University of Ohio; with comments by Jason Kuznicki, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Patrick McLaughlin, Mercatus Center, George Mason University; moderated by John Samples, Vice President and Publisher, 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.
Featuring Michelle Minton, Senior Policy Analyst, Competitive Enterprise Institute; Julie Gunlock, Senior Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum; Mike Riggs, Associate Editor, Reason Magazine; Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Caleb Brown, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute.
Nanny state policies have been on the rise at all levels of government in the attempt to regulate “vices” such as consuming sugary soft drinks, fast foods, and alcoholic beverages. Join us Wednesday for a discussion of sin taxes, overprotective and interfering government policies, and the importance of bloggers and social media in rising up against them.