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 Charles V. Peña, Director of Defense Policy Studies, Cato Institute
and Daniel Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute
Last month, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz acknowledged that what was supposed to be a temporary increase of 30,000 troops in the U.S. Army will be made permanent in 2007. Both leading neoconservatives and liberal interventionists are calling for increasing the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by 25,000 troops a year for the next several years. But a larger army is not the solution to the situation in Iraq, is not necessary for U.S. national security, and will not help in the fight against the terrorist threat. Please join our experts for a discussion of why the United States does not need a larger army.