Featuring William P. Ruger, Vice President of Policy and Research, Charles Koch Institute; Jason Sorens, Lecturer, Department of Government, Dartmouth College; 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 2015 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. The thousands of individuals who contribute to Cato are passionate about freedom and committed to ensuring that future generations enjoy the blessings of liberty, unencumbered by an overreaching state that seeks to control their lives. This is Cato’s optimistic vision for the future, and it would be unimaginable without the Institute’s longstanding partnership with its Sponsors. We will continue our diligence and dedication to seeing this vision realized.
Transportation Reauthorization: The Privatization Option
Featuring Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Shirley Ybarra, Senior Transportation Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation; Gabriel Roth, Author, Roads in a Market Economy; moderated by Laura Renz, Government Affairs Manager, Cato Institute.
As Congress considers its options for surface transportation, the big question is, How will we pay for all of our transportation needs? One answer is transportation privatization. Shirley Ybarra, former secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will describe actual examples of public-private partnerships. Gabriel Roth will discuss the pros and cons of highway privatization, and Randal O’Toole, author of Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do about It, will focus on transit privatization.