Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring Joseph diGenova, Former U.S. Attorney; Randy Barnett, Boston University School of Law; Sally Satel, American Enterprise Institute; Dennis Knizely, Criminal Defense Attorney.
A recent poll suggests that most Americans regard our nation’s drug war as a policy failure. Yet the public continues to support traditional drug war strategies, such as interdicting drugs at the border and arresting and incarcerating drug dealers and users. Policymakers also seem to be divided about the future direction of drug policy. Federal officials, for example, are pouring more resources into Latin America even as an increasing number of states are passing medical marijuana initiatives and other policies indicating leniency. Is it time to escalate and expand the war against drugs? If so, should policy initiatives focus on interdiction, education, incarceration, or treatment of offenders? Should efforts go beyond our own territories? Alternatively, is it time to reverse course and move toward the decriminalization or legalization of drugs? Join us for a vigorous exchange of views on those questions.