Featuring Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; and Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
Of all the rights the U.S. Constitution protects, courts are probably most vigilant about protecting free speech. Freedom of expression is not only a cornerstone of democratic government, but also central to the more ordinary choices citizens make in their daily lives. Yet one class of speech has been almost entirely ignored by the courts: speech by professionals engaged in their business. In the new issue of Regulation, Cato scholar Timothy Sandefur argues that the Supreme Court should make it clear that censoring professionals is intolerable.
The precautionary principle always rigs the outcome in favor of immigration restriction because it’s impossible to prove that all refugees will be harmless just like it is impossible to prove than any of us will be harmless. If the precautionary principle is a starting point for debate then those favoring refugees will always fail. No debate should be stacked this way.
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.
The UN Deadline for a New Iraqi Government: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
Featuring Kenneth Allard, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.); Charles Peña, Cato Institute; John Hulsman, Heritage Foundation; and Donald Devine, ConservativeBattleline.com.
President Bush has asserted that the violence in Iraq should be seen as a sign of progress because it shows the desperation of those who oppose the U.S.-led occupation. He has also vowed that the United States will stay the course in Iraq. As we pass the UN Security Council deadline for the Iraqi Governing Council to present a timeline for drafting a constitution and holding elections, join us for a discussion of America’s progress in Iraq and prospects for the future. What are the military requirements for suppressing the insurgency? Do military requirements and larger political objectives conflict? Is Iraq any closer to self-government or democracy? How does the U.S. military presence in Iraq make America safer? What is the exit strategy?