Freedom: Art as the Messenger

Freedom means something different to every person, yet its value is a common bond between Americans. In these polarized times, Freedom: Art as the Messenger aims to provide a unifying platform of civility and creativity. Artists from across the country–in a wide range of media–share innovative and thought-provoking perspectives on freedom and the enduring need for its protection.

The Cato Institute presents its inaugural art exhibition, Freedom: Art as the Messenger. The exhibition is free and open to the public from April 11 to June 14, 2019.

Three New Ways for Congress to Legalize Illegal Immigrants

Previous immigration reform proposals have failed, largely because policymakers disagreed over whether and how to legalize illegal immigrants. Future immigration reform proposals must be different from previous proposals if there is any hope of them becoming law. A new research brief from Alex Nowrasteh and David Bier offers three proposals for legalizing illegal immigrants that will overcome some of the main political objections in the past.

Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media

Many conservatives argue that Facebook and Google are monopolies seeking to restrict conservative speech. In contrast, some on the left complain that large social media platforms fostered both Trump’s election in 2016 and violence in Charlottesville in 2017. Many on both sides believe that government should actively regulate the moderation of social media platforms to attain fairness, balance, or other values. In a new paper, Cato scholar John Samples argues that preventing harms caused by “fake news” or “hate speech” lies well beyond the jurisdiction of the government.

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April 26

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2019

Featuring Magatte Wade, Entrepreneur and Founder of Tiossan; Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook; Peter Goettler, President and CEO, Cato Institute; John Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute; Matthew Feeney, Director, Project on Emerging Technologies, Cato Institute; Diego Zuluaga, Policy Analyst, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute; and Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia and host of the Cato Daily Podcast, Cato Institute.

11:00AM to 2:00PM PDT
St. Regis San Francisco, 125 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA

April 30

Unnatural Disaster: Assessing the Jones Act’s Impact on Puerto Rico

Featuring Vicente Feliciano, Founder and President, Advantage Business Consulting; John Dunham, President, John Dunham & Associates; Luis Burdiel Agudo, President, Puerto Rico Economic Development Bank; Luis Rivera Marín, Secretary of State, Government of Puerto Rico; moderated by Anne Krueger, Senior Research Professor of International Economics, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

12:00PM to 1:30PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Of Special Note

The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor

The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America's Poor

The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor energetically challenges the conventional wisdom of both the right and the left that underlies much of the contemporary debate over poverty and welfare policy. Author and national public policy expert Michael Tanner takes to task conservative critiques of a “culture of poverty” for their failure to account for the structural circumstances in which the poor live. In addition, he criticizes liberal calls for fighting poverty primarily through greater redistribution of wealth and new government programs.

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Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

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Home Study Resources

The Cato Institute offers a wealth of online educational audio and video resources, from self-paced guides on the ideas of liberty and the principles of economics, to exclusive, archived lectures by thinkers such as Milton Friedman and F. A. Hayek. Browse through some highlights of our collections, for personal study or for use in the classroom.

Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together

For more than four decades, the Cato Institute has introduced people, including millions of young people, to the ideas of freedom. Many Cato books are already taught in high school curricula across the country. To advance the ideas of liberal democracy and the rule of law, Cato has developed the Sphere Summit for educators. The opening Summit seminar, “Teaching Civic Culture Together,” will be held at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, on July 14–18, 2019.