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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 the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader.

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. The earlier edition of The Libertarian Mind, titled Libertarianism: A Primer, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas.” His other books include The Politics of Freedom and 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, and he wrote the entry on libertarianism for Encyclopedia Britannica. 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, The McLaughlin Group, Stossel, The Independents, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

More from David Boaz


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

Second-Best Solutions

Policy Report. July/August 2015.

The Dignity of the Individual

Policy Report. March/April 2015.

Too Many Laws, Too Many Costs

Policy Report. January/February 2015.


Cato Institute Policy Forum and Luncheon 2015

April 30, 2015. City Seminar.

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2015

April 10, 2015. City Seminar.

The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom

March 19, 2015. Sponsor E-Briefing.