Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
So many Americans are concerned with how “Washington isn’t listening to them,” and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are stoking that outrage. But maybe Washington isn’t listening because it is so big that only mobilized special interests have the resources and incentives to pay attention. Maybe big government will never really pay attention to the people. If this is so, then maybe people should stop trying to control each other so much.
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.
Featuring Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA); Gene Healy, Vice President, Cato Institute; and John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute; moderated by Brandon Arnold, Director of Government Affairs, Cato Institute.
President Obama’s intervention in the Libyan civil war raises profound constitutional questions. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution grants the power to “declare War” to Congress. What does “declare War” mean in the context of the Libyan intervention? James Madison noted that the president had the power “to repel sudden attacks” on the United States, although not the power to declare war. The War Powers Act of 1973 purports to define and constrain the executive’s power to declare war, yet some have suggested that it gives the president a 60-day “free pass” for military action. What does the War Powers Act mean in this situation? What options are available to Congress for responding to America’s new war in the Mideast?