Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
Americans are finally enjoying an improving economy after years of recession and slow growth. The unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is expanding, and public confidence is rising. Surely our economic crisis is behind us. Or is it? In Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner examines the growing national debt and its dire implications for our future and explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is not just a framework for utopia,” 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 U.S. Generalized System of Preferences: Helping the Poor, But at What Price?
Featuring Sallie James, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Edward Gresser, Director, Project on Trade and Global Markets, Democratic Leadership Council; and Chakarin Komolsiri, Minister-Counsellor, Royal Thai Embassy. Moderated by Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
In her new trade policy analysis, “The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences: Helping the Poor, But at What Price?,” Sallie James argues that the expiration of the GSP at the end of this year is an ideal time to consider the costs of unilateral preference programs. While the GSP delivers benefits to some countries, as well as to U.S. consumers and firms, the program is deeply flawed. Its expiration is therefore a timely opportunity for the United States to correct the most egregious of the GSP’s limitations and to move toward opening the U.S. market on a permanent and nondiscriminatory basis. Please join our panelists for a spirited discussion of the U.S. GSP and options for its reform.