Featuring David Boaz, Executive Vice President, Cato Institute; and Matt Welch, Editor in Chief, Reason; vs. Ramesh Ponnuru, Columnist and Senior Editor, National Review; and Conor Friedersdorf, Staff Writer, The Atlantic; moderated by David Kirby, Vice President and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
Every imaginable product and service has a price, and yet there is something different about pricing prescription medicines. In the new issue of Regulation, Charles L. Hooper and David R. Henderson say that to “fix” drug pricing, we need more competition, more cost sharing, and the liberalization of some regulations. Also in this issue, Larry Downes describes how rent-seeking and public choice have put a telecom deregulation success story at risk, and Jason Scott Johnston looks at the social cost of carbon – how is it derived and how is it used to justify America’s climate policy?
Published in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kelo v. New London, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America made a powerful contribution to the firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. Now in its second edition, Cornerstone of Liberty has been fully updated by authors Timothy and Christina Sandefur, and examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005.
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.