Featuring Ned Mamula, Petroleum Geologist, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Management Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
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.