The importance of the rule of law is hard to overstate. It defines
those societies not governed by the whims of central authorities.
Tom Palmer — Cato Institute Senior Fellow and General
Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and
Prosperity — believes that promoting liberty and the rule of
law means discovering that tradition in cultures around the world.
He explores these themes in his new book, Realizing Freedom:
Libertarian Theory, History and Practice. He spoke at the Cato
Institute December 1, 2009.