Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
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 Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals; Harvey Silverglate, Silverglate & Good; David Frum, Senior Fellow Manhattan Institute; and Jarett Decker, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute.
Earlier this year, the governor of Illinois, George Ryan, declared a moratorium on executions, citing concerns about his state’s “shameful record of convicting innocent people and putting them on death row.” That move has rekindled the long standing debate over capital punishment. Does the Illinois experience show that the danger of mistaken executions is higher than we ever imagined–or is that danger grossly exaggerated? Should death penalty procedures be reformed–or should capital punishment be abolished completely? Please join us for a sober discussion of these issues.