Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
So many Americans are concerned with how “Washington isn’t listening to them,” and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are stoking that outrage. But maybe Washington isn’t listening because it is so big that only mobilized special interests have the resources and incentives to pay attention. Maybe big government will never really pay attention to the people. If this is so, then maybe people should stop trying to control each other so much.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
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.
Telecom Reform after the D.C. Circuit Decision: Is It Time for a New Telecom Act?
Featuring Bill Barr, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon; and Adam Thierer, Director of Telecommunications Studies, Cato Institute.
The telecom industry is in regulatory turmoil. On March 2 the D.C. Circuit Court issued its third and most stinging rebuke of the FCC’s rules governing telephone network regulation. The Supreme Court has reviewed these rules twice and could revisit them again if the D.C. Circuit decision is appealed. This regulatory uncertainty is frequently blamed for the recent meltdown and slow recovery in the telecom market. When Congress passed the historic Telecommunications Act of 1996, few people imagined the protracted litigation battles that followed. How did we get here, and where should we go from here? Please join us for an examination of the recent ruling and what it means for the telecom industry and a broader discussion about what went wrong and what Congress should do about it.