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 the author, Peter Brimelow; with comments by Jay Mathews, Washington Post.
The state of public education has been on the center stage of political discussion in America for years. There is widespread agreement that our school system needs a massive dose of innovation and reform. In his new book, Peter Brimelow argues that no educational reforms, however worthy, can work unless something is done about a central problem in the system: the teacher unions. Equating modern teacher unions with the monopolies and trusts that dominated headlines a century ago, The Worm in the Apple exposes teacher unions as a parasite that feeds off the school system. Brimelow paints an alarming picture of the vested interests that have damaged our nation’s schools and offers a clarion call to rescue both teachers and students from the grip of an outdated, overgrown bureaucracy. He will also outline his prescription for changing the situation. Jay Mathews will provide his perspective and critique of Brimelow’s book.