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Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute. His research interests include executive power and the role of the presidency, as well as federalism and overcriminalization. He is the author of False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency; The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power; and editor of Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything.

Healy has appeared on PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and his work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Legal Times, and elsewhere.

Healy holds a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

More from Gene Healy


The FBI’s Homemade Mobster

American Conservative. September 24, 2015.

Trump’s Biggest Lie: ‘I’m The Most Militaristic Person’ In This Race

The Federalist. August 17, 2015.

Obama’s Illegal War on ISIS

The National Interest (Online). August 14, 2015.


Reclaiming the War Power

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency

White House Studies. Vol. 10. No. 2. 2010.

Iraq: The Wrong Place, the Wrong Time, the Wrong War

Liberty Magazine. January 2003.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Campaign 2008 and The Cult of the Presidency

Cato's Letter. Fall 2008.

The Imperial Presidency and the War on Terror

Policy Report. March/April 2006.