Featuring Howard J. Shatz, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Director, RAND-Initiated Research; and Jacob Shapiro, Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs, and Co-Director, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Princeton University; and author of The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations; moderated by John Mueller, Senior Research Scientist, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University, 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?
And so we learn that alarmist claims of future climate-change-induced reductions in agricultural production that lead to social unrest and violent conflicts simply are not supported by real-world observations.
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 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 Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor
Featuring the author William Easterly; Professor of Economics, New York University; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
The technocratic approach to ending global poverty favored by development experts often strengthens authoritarian governments and neglects or undermines the preferences and personal choices of poor people. William Easterly will explain why a different branch of economics emerged for poor countries and how it has served the interests of decisionmakers in powerful countries, political leaders in poor countries, and humanitarians in rich countries. Join us to hear Professor Easterly make a case in favor of liberty that has so far been disregarded by the experts: poverty can only be ended and development sustained by respecting the individual rights of the world’s poor.