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.
Featuring Edward L. Hudgins, The Objectivist Center and Editor, Space: The Free-Market Frontier (Cato Institute 2003); Buzz Aldrin, ShareSpace and Apollo XI Astronaut; James Muncy, PoliSpace; and Courtney Stadd, Chief of Staff, NASA.
As questions are raised about the future of the American space program, it may be an opportune time to reconsider the role of the private sector. Just as private entrepreneurs made personal computers and the Internet accessible to everyone, private enterprise should be given the chance to make space accessible for commerce, science, and recreation. Come hear Cato guest speakers discuss the need for Congress to remove barriers to private space efforts; suggest free-market ways for NASA to spend its funds; and lay out a vision for how to make America a space-faring society as outlined in the Cato Institute book, Space: The Free-Market Frontier.