Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have been roundly criticized for refusing to run political ads said to include falsehoods. But according to Cato scholar John Samples, Facebook and Zuckerberg have selected the most liberal approach. "Facebook has placed the power and responsibility to decide with its users," says Samples. "That trust is one foundation of our First Amendment and our politics."
- "Speech Paternalism and the People Most Likely to Advocate It," by John Samples
- "Challenging the Social Media Moral Panic: Preserving Free Expression under Hypertransparency," by Milton Mueller
- "Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media," by John Samples
- "Political Ads and Political Truth," by John Samples
Trade Justice Delayed Is Trade Justice Denied: How to Make WTO Dispute Settlement Faster and More Effective
Until recently, the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process had served as a beacon of hope for being one of the fastest and most effective international dispute settlement systems in the history of the world. Today, with the process so much slower, governments can have a three-year or longer “free pass” to implement illegal protectionist measures while litigation drags on. A new brief by Cato scholars James Bacchus and Simon Lester proposes reforms to speed up the process.
- "Trade Justice Delayed Is Trade Justice Denied: How to Make WTO Dispute Settlement Faster and More Effective," by James Bacchus and Simon Lester
In 2001, the late Nobel laureate Milton Friedman agreed to lend his name to an international award for the promotion of individual liberty: The Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. In a statement at the time he said: “Those of us who were fortunate enough to live and be raised in a reasonably free society tend to underestimate the importance of freedom. We tend to take it for granted. It has made us in the West more complacent, so having a prize emphasizing liberty is extremely important.” Presented every other year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to advance human freedom, it will be awarded at the 2020 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty Biennial Dinner on May 20, 2020 at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York. The deadline for submitting nominations is November 29, 2019. Save both dates and submit your nomination here.