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David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas,” the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook For Policymakers. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN’s Crossfire, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, John McLaughlin’s One on One, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media. His latest book is The Politics of Freedom.

More from David Boaz


Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP

The Daily Beast. June 12, 2014.

The Libertarian Surge

Politico Magazine. April 7, 2014.

America’s Libertarian Moment

The Atlantic. August 18, 2013.

Cato Studies

The Libertarian Vote in the Age of Obama

Policy Analysis No. 658. January 21, 2010.

The Libertarian Vote

Policy Analysis No. 580. October 18, 2006.

What Would a School Voucher Buy? The Real Cost of Private Schools

Briefing Paper No. 25. March 26, 1996.


Competition and Cooperation

The Freeman. Vol. 47. No. 9. September 1997.

The Public School Monopoly: America’s Berlin Wall

Liberating Schools: Education in the Inner City. 1991.


Beyond Liberal and Conservative: Reassesing the Political Spectrum. December 1984.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Longing for Utopia

Policy Report. January/February 2014.

Trust in Government?

Policy Report. July/August 2013.

Top 10 Ways to Talk about Libertarianism

Policy Report. January/February 2013.


Unlucky Strike: Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking

May 13, 2014. Book Forum.

The Baby Boom

January 22, 2014. Book Forum.

The Libertarian State of the Union

January 22, 2014. Sponsor E-Briefing.