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What should we do when a law or government action might inhibit religious exercise? Can the separation between church and state be too much or too little? How can we maximize harmony between religious and nonreligious Americans? In June 2016, the Cato Institute’s Protecting Religious Liberties conference sought to answer those questions by considering the history, philosophy, and current controversies of religious freedom. This volume contains essays adapted from presentations and discussions at that conference.
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This book is a clear and essential guide on reducing federal spending and preventing a budget crisis that could crush the generations ahead. Sectioned by topic — including Agriculture, Defense, Education (both K-12 and Higher Education), Healthcare, Foreign Policy, and Fiscal Policy — it provides comprehensive policy strategies to reduce rampant government spending and the national deficit. Consistent and informed critiques of federally‐​funded programs come with solid alternatives: identifying areas for needed spending cuts, state‐​based funding, privatization, termination, and more.
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This book clarifies foundational concepts — supply and demand, subjective value and gains from trade, scarcity and opportunity cost, division of labor and comparative advantage — for the lay non‐​economist. From there, more familiar indicators such as prices and profits reveal themselves as tools for entrepreneurs and buyers to best coordinate their actions in sync with the desires of others. Though there are numerous economic theories and schools of thought, Baetjer identifies and details the indispensable elements of the free‐ market system that infuse almost every aspect of our lives.
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This book succinctly clarifies the role of statistics in social and scientific analyses and thereby what questions can be asked, what data collected, and what relationships discerned. Laying out the language used most frequently by statisticians — from mean and mode to standard deviation and stochasticity — Davies guides the reader through real‐​world examples of statistical analysis. The final chapter of the book focuses on economic applications and invites readers to engage in some of today’s most relevant political discussions.
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Now in its eighth edition, the Cato Handbook for Policymakers sets the standard in Washington for reducing the power of the federal government and expanding freedom. The 80 chapters — each beginning with a list of major policy recommendations — offer issue‐​by‐​issue blueprints for promoting individual liberty, free markets, and peace. From chapters on reviving economic growth, reforming surveillance authorities, and the war on the drugs, to education, foreign policy, and the military budget, Cato’s Handbook is an invaluable resource for policymakers and anyone else interested in securing liberty and limiting government.
Cult of the Presidency
Americans have increasingly expanded presidential power over recent decades by expecting the president to provide solutions for all national problems, prosperity for all, and protection from harm. In The Cult of the Presidency, Gene Healy demonstrates how this has become the source of much of our political woe and some of the gravest threats to our liberties, and details how the president’s role needs to return to its properly defined constitutional limits, with its powers held in check by Congress and the courts.
Mad about Trade
Dan Griswold embraces the global marketplace and shows how free trade is the American family’s best friend. But, it’s not just about better and cheaper goods. As Griswold compellingly details, over the past three decades trade and an open global economy have created a more prosperous, democratic, and peaceful world. Before you accept what you hear on cable TV and talk radio, consider the real story of America’s growing integration in the world economy presented in Mad about Trade. This book is a must‐​read for every American who wonders where we are all headed in this more open world of ours.
Global Tax Revolution
Nearly 10 years ago, the Cato Institute published Global Tax Revolution — laying out a comprehensive strategy for tax changes that would fuel American competitiveness, growth, and success in the world’s marketplace. With the passage of the largest federal tax overhaul in decades, much of what the book energetically set forth has now come to pass. While the new tax legislation may have flaws, at its center are key corporate reforms that have been long overdue. Global Tax Revolution — detailing how to energize the U.S. economy by embracing competition and overhauling the federal tax code…..on tax changes, now becoming realties, that can significantly help business and workers succeed in the global economy — underscores the effort and impact of Cato’s decades‐​long work to educate policymakers and the public on tax reform and economic growth.