Featuring Elizabeth Cobbs, Producer and Writer, American Umpire; with comments by Derek Chollet, Counselor and Senior Advisor, Security and Defense Policy, German Marshall Fund; Heather Hurlburt, Director of New Models of Policy Change, New America; and Thomas Wright, Fellow and Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
Unconventional monetary policy—characterized by “zero interest rate policy” (ZIRP) and “quantitative easing” (QE), along with macro-prudential regulation—has increased the power of central banks in the United States, Japan, and Europe. In the new issue of Cato Journal, contributors revisit the thinking behind unconventional monetary policy and the “new monetary framework,” make the case for transparent monetary rules versus foggy discretion, and point to the distortions generated by ultra-low interest rates and preferential credit allocation.
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
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Water for Sale: How Business and the Market Can Resolve the World’s Water Crisis
Featuring the author Fredrik Segerfeldt,
Confederation of Swedish Enterprise; with comments by Wenonah Hauter, Public Citizen.
There is plenty of water in the world, yet more than a billion people worldwide lack access to clean and safe water, and some 12 million people die annually as a result. Those afflicted live mainly in poor countries where 97 percent of water distribution is run by the public sector. Fredrik Segerfeldt will describe how a small number of poor countries in recent years have turned to the private sector for help, with notably better results. According to Segerfeldt, the very poor have the most to gain from privatization because the rates they pay fall dramatically once private firms connect them to the water network. Wenonah Hauter will explain why she believes privatization should be stopped and water continue to be publicly managed.