Featuring David Walker, Former Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office; David Wessel, Director, Hutchins Center, Brookings Institution; and Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Josh Zumbrun, Reporter, Wall Street Journal.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Founder and Chairman, Congressional Constitution Caucus; and Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, and Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Brandon Arnold, Director of Government Affairs, Cato Institute.
With the 112th Congress now in session, the Constitution is finding new respect on Capitol Hill. It started during the campaign, thanks to pressure from the Tea Party. It was reflected when members in the House read the Constitution aloud on their first full day in session. And it should continue as House members are required to cite specific constitutional authority when they introduce bills. But restoring limited constitutional government will require more than simply “checking the box” — it will require a solid understanding of the document and an ability to withstand the ever-present pressure to abandon principle in favor of short-term gain. Please join us for a detailed discussion of how constitutional principle and practice go together.