Featuring Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; and Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, 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.
The precautionary principle always rigs the outcome in favor of immigration restriction because it’s impossible to prove that all refugees will be harmless just like it is impossible to prove than any of us will be harmless. If the precautionary principle is a starting point for debate then those favoring refugees will always fail. No debate should be stacked this way.
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.
The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later: Smaller Government or Business as Usual?
Featuring Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy, Cato Institute; John Samples, Director of the Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute; and Linda Killian, Professor of Journalism, Boston University, Author, The Freshmen: What Happened to the Republican Revolution?
In 1994, the Republican Contract with America called for the “end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money.” After 10 years in power, the GOP has cut taxes and reformed welfare, and they are proceeding with reforms to Social Security. But federal spending has soared 60 percent since 1995, the deficit has exploded, and the government has grabbed more power from the states and the people in many areas.
Please join us to discuss a new Cato book, The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later: Smaller Government or Business as Usual? edited by Chris Edwards and John Samples. The book examines 10 years of policy in taxation, education, trade, welfare, health care, and other key areas. Joining the authors will be Boston University professor Linda Killian, author of the book The Freshmen: What Happened to the Republican Revolution? As a journalist who covered the new Republican Congress, Killian will discuss some of the interesting political dynamics behind the GOP’s reform efforts.