Featuring Dov S. Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; and Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Kate Brannen, Senior Reporter, Foreign Policy.
In the new issue of Regulation, economist Pierre Lemieux argues that the recent oil price decline is at least partly the result of increased supply from the extraction of shale oil. The increased supply allows the economy to produce more goods, which benefits some people, if not all of them. Thus, contrary to some commentary in the press, cheaper oil prices cannot harm the economy as a whole.
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 Jason Sorens, University of Buffalo (SUNY); and William Ruger, Texas State University–San Marcos; with comments by Michael Barone, Washington Examiner and The Almanac of American Politics; moderated by John Samples, Cato Institute.
In the new edition of their study “Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom,” published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, political scientists Jason Sorens and William Ruger comprehensively rank the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. Two intriguing findings of the statistical analysis are that Americans are voting with their feet and moving to states with more economic and personal freedom and that economic freedom correlates with economic growth.