Featuring Rene Quashie, Senior Counsel, Epstein, Becker & Green; and Jeff Rowes, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice; with a response from Josh Sharfstein, Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; moderated by Simon Lester, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.
A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
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 the authors Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; and John Fund, National Affairs Columnist, National Review, with comments by Jeffrey Milyo, Middlebush Professor of Social Science, University of Missouri; and Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute.
The 2012 election may be among the closest in U.S. history. Many Americans are concerned about voter fraud, while experts wonder if the conduct of American elections has improved since 2000. In an effort to clean up our election laws, reduce fraud, and increase public confidence in the integrity of the voting system, many states have passed laws requiring a photo ID be shown at the polls and curbing the widespread use of absentee ballots, which can facilitate fraud. Critics argue that such measures seek to suppress voter turnout. Yet public confidence in the integrity of elections is at an all-time low. One poll found 62 percent of American voters thought that voter fraud was very common or somewhat common. Another survey found that 82 percent of Americans support photo ID laws. As Americans prepare again to elect a president, please join us for a lively discussion of this provocative new book on the integrity of the vote.