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Tom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011. Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

More from Tom G. Palmer


Book Review: What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

Reason. September 14, 2012.

Ali Hussein Sibat Must Not Be Executed

Daily Star (Lebanon). December 30, 2009.

Arab Education Displays its Discontents

Lebanon Daily Star. April 27, 2009.

Cato Studies

Lessons of Election 2000

Briefing Paper No. 59. January 2, 2001.


Democracy and the Contest for Liberty

Northwestern University Law Review. Vol. 102. No. 1. 2008.

Public Filings

Parker v. District of Columbia

Legal Briefs. March 1, 2004.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Origins of State and Government

Cato's Letter. Fall 2012.

Realizing Freedom

Cato's Letter. Spring 2010.

Limited Government and the Rule of Law

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 7th Edition (2009).