As my colleague Jeff Milyo wrote somewhat recently, the national sport isn’t baseball; it’s politics. With Americans across the nation loyally cheering on either Team Red or Team Blue (or, for a growing few, Team Purple), the discussion around key political events can seem somewhat superfluously shallow. That’s where the Cato Institute comes in.
Throughout the 2016 campaign season, Cato scholars will be injecting insightful commentary and hard-hitting policy analysis into the national conversation using the Twitter hashtag #Cato2016.
We’ll be off to a running start with not one, not two, but three major nationally televised events this week.
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST, the Voters First Forum will be held at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College and broadcast nationwide on C-SPAN. Featuring Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and George Pataki, the forum will be the first time the majority of the GOP presidential primary contenders will be sharing one stage. Tune in on Twitter for commentary from Emily Ekins, Jonathan Blanks, Adam Bates, and more. You can find a full list of participating scholars and follow their accounts here.
Then, on Thursday, August 6th, Fox News will host two nationally-televised debates featuring candidates for the GOP nomination for the 2016 presidential elections. The first of these debates—to be held at 5:00 p.m. EST—will be an opportunity to hear from some of the lesser-known contenders, while the second of these debates—to be held at 9:00 p.m. EST—will feature those candidates who place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by FOX News, leading up to the debate. Tune in on Twitter for commentary from Emma Ashford, Alex Nowrasteh, Patrick Eddington, Michael Cannon, Jason Bedrick, and more. You can find a full list of scholars participating in the 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. debates via the @CatoEvents Twitter account.
Tuning into the debates (or simple wondering how they might impact the policy debate)? Join the conversation on Twitter with #Cato2016.
Somewhere between 30 and 40 million Americans hold libertarian views. Are you one of them? Take this quiz — excerpted from David Boaz’s new book The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom — and find out just how libertarian you really are!
The quiz launched just over a week ago and almost 30,000 people have already taken it. Have you? Use #LibertarianMind to share your results on social media, tag your friends, and see how they measure up!
Of course, the quiz represents a very simplified version of libertarian principles and very few people will have “perfect scores” in any one direction, but it's a great way to open up a discussion with friends and family. If that discussion leads to more curiosity about libertarianism and its principles, point them in our direction...or give them a their very own copy of The Libertarian Mind!
Haven’t had a chance to read The Libertarian Mind yet? We have a limited number of copies to give away. Take the quiz to learn the details! You can also follow The Libertarian Mind on Facebook for news on the book, media appearances, and more.
Having trouble finding the perfect V-Day greeting for your freedom-fighting honey? Cato’s got you covered.
This collection of liberty-friendly valentines puts a fun twist on some recent Cato research. Perfect for your like-minded love ... and all your friends.
If your crush cares more about free markets than flowers, these valentines are sure to sweep them off their feet!
Over his 33 years at Cato and through his earlier activities in the libertarian policy sphere, Cato's Executive Vice President David Boaz has played a key role in the development of both the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement at large; he even wrote the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on libertarianism!
On Tuesday, in conjunction with the release of his new book, The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom (which, incidentally, sold out on Amazon within hours), Boaz took to Reddit's iAMA forum to discuss libertarianism, his book, and the burgoening "libertarian moment," inviting Redditors of all ilks to ask him anything.
During the hour long Q&A session, Boaz tackled a wide-array of questions, weighing in on everything from the drug war and abortion to effective strategies for social change and the efficacy of libertarian governance. Each one of his responses ignited impassioned debates amongst the forum's diverse audience as commenters from all sides of the political spectrum hashed out the ideas of liberty.
The resulting discussion is a fascinating one, very much worth your attention. Check out the Reddit discussion and Boaz's book, and then continue the conversation on Twitter using #LibertarianMind.