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Future of the Free Society: A Cato 40th Anniversary Online Forum

In honor of the fortieth anniversary of our founding, the Cato Institute has organized a special online forum on the future of the free society.

We have reached out to leading thinkers and challenged them to answer the following questions: What are the most pressing challenges that free societies face in the coming years? What is the most important reason for optimism about the free society? What is the most important but still unappreciated idea that lies just ahead? What’s the most important thing that you have learned about free societies that you wish you knew all along?

Their answers will be found in the brief essays below, starting in March.

The goal is to create a lively, challenging, and intellectually diverse series of essays — one befitting of the Cato Institute’s intellectual tradition and one that will leave readers talking for a long time to come.


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Leszek Balcerowicz
Warsaw School of Economics
David Boaz

David Boaz
Cato Institute
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Tyler Cowen
George Mason University
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Brian Doherty
Reason magazine
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Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic
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Deirdre N. McCloskey
University of Illinois‐​Chicago
Christopher A. Preble

Christopher A. Preble
Cato Institute

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