Featuring Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; David Burton, Senior Fellow in Economic Policy, Heritage Foundation; and Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; moderated by Peter Russo, Director, Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
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 Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and a debate between Roger Pilon, Director, Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies, and John Echeverria, Executive Director, Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute
The public outcry that followed the Supreme Court’s decision last June in Kelo v. New London has been loud and sustained. Americans have awakened at last to the power of government to take their homes and businesses and transfer title to others—all in the name of “economic development.” In response, legislatures across the country, including in Congress, are introducing measures to better protect the rights of owners. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former justice on the Texas Supreme Court, has introduced one such bill. Please join us for a discussion of what Congress is doing to protect owners, followed by a debate over the issues at stake.