Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
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 not just a framework for utopia,” 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 Right Road for America: Top-Down Transportation Planning vs. Customer-Driven Mobility
Featuring Alan Pisarski, Author, Commuting in America; Gabriel Roth, Editor, Street Smart; and Randal O’Toole, Author, The Best-Laid Plans and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute. Moderated by Peter Van Doren, Senior Fellow and Editor, Regulation, Cato Institute.
The Obama Administration admits that one of its environmental goals is to “coerce people out of their cars.” The administration’s “behavior modification” plans would spend more tax dollars on high-speed rail and transit, leaving highways increasingly congested and dangerous to use.
This forum will present alternatives focused on customer-driven transportation funded by user fees, not taxes. Please join authors Alan Pisarski, Gabriel Roth, and Randal O’Toole to learn how reducing the environmental impacts of mobility without reducing mobility itself is less costly and more successful than efforts to change people’s behavior.