Featuring Ned Mamula, Petroleum Geologist, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Management Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.
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.
Featuring Dr. Wade Horn *, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Jenifer Zeigler, Welfare Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Jon Hobbs, National Director of Welfare Reform Initiatives, American Institute for Full Employment; and Mark Greenberg, Director of Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy.
In 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was signed into law, and the nation waited to see if welfare reform would truly “end welfare as we know it.” Through block grant funding and administrative devolution, states finally had a chance to move beyond pilot programs and prove they could transition people off welfare more efficiently and effectively than the federal government. In a new Cato Policy Analysis, Jenifer Zeigler grades the states on their policy choices regarding welfare reform implementation—rewarding choices that encourage personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. Join us for a review of the state grades and a discussion of how states handled the challenges of welfare reform and are preparing for the future under welfare reauthorization.