Featuring Bill Richardson, co-chair of the ACAlliance; formerly Governor of New Mexico, Secretary of Energy, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Jim Gilmore, 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate, and former Governor of Virginia; Ruben Navarrette, Jr., syndicated columnist and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors; Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; Matthew Kolken, Managing Partner of the immigration law firm of Kolken & Kolken, and the author of the Deportation and Removal Blog; Richard Boswell, Associate Dean for Global Programs, University of California Hastings College of Law; Erika Lee, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota; Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Research Center; Philip E. Wolgin, Associate Director, Immigration, Center for American Progress; and Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.
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 War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance
Featuring the author Nat Hentoff, Columnist, Village Voice; with comments by Paul Rosenzweig, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation.
In his new book, Nat Hentoff decries the federal government’s assault on the civil liberties of Americans in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Patriot I, Patriot II, Operation TIPs, and the Total Information Awareness System share one common objective: increased domestic surveillance, with minimal judicial supervision. Hentoff also chronicles the rise of citizens’ groups that have been protesting government encroachment. Although there has been little coverage in the major media, “Bill of Rights Defense Committees” have now spread to nearly one hundred cities and towns nationwide. Please join us for a discussion of how the federal government has been responding to the threat posed by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.