Featuring James Gattuso, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Kevin Kosar, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
Unconventional monetary policy—characterized by “zero interest rate policy” (ZIRP) and “quantitative easing” (QE), along with macro-prudential regulation—has increased the power of central banks in the United States, Japan, and Europe. In the new issue of Cato Journal, contributors revisit the thinking behind unconventional monetary policy and the “new monetary framework,” make the case for transparent monetary rules versus foggy discretion, and point to the distortions generated by ultra-low interest rates and preferential credit allocation.
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” 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 Telecom Act Nine Years Later: Why Reform Can’t Wait
Featuring George Gilder, Discovery Institute, John Wohlstetter, Discovery Institute, Adam Thierer, Cato Institute, and moderated by John Drescher, Discovery Institute
As the Telecommunications act of 1996 turns nine years old, industry analysts are expecting a major re-write of the act to be considered by the new Congress. The Discovery Institute’s Technology and Democracy Project and the Cato Institute are pleased to co-host a Capitol Hill Briefing to discuss what went wrong with the old act and what a new Telecom Act should look like if lawmakers choose to pursue reforms this session.
George Gilder and John Wohlstetter from Discovery Institute, and Adam Thierer of the Cato Institute, will provide a detailed agenda for telecom reform to help bring an end to the legally confusing and economically inefficient regulatory regime that that Telecom Act not only failed to clean up, but actually fostered. John Drescher, director of Discovery Institute’s Technology and Democracy Project, will moderate the discussion.