Featuring David Walker, Former Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office; David Wessel, Director, Hutchins Center, Brookings Institution; and Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Josh Zumbrun, Reporter, Wall Street Journal.
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.
Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary and Trade Representative;
Former U.S. Representative (D-CA);
Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics;
Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
A U.S. proposal to reduce global farm subsidies and trade barriers has breathed life back into global trade talks on the eve of an important World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong in December. Reducing those barriers will be the key to a successful Doha Round of trade negotiations in the WTO. A Cato Policy Forum will examine the prospects for meaningful agricultural trade reform at home and abroad, and discuss the potential benefits for American consumers, producers, taxpayers, and farmers. The event will highlight two recent studies from the Cato Institute and the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE) on the opportunities to expand markets for farm products.