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 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.