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David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader.

Boaz is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. The earlier edition of The Libertarian Mind, titled Libertarianism: A Primer, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas.” His other books include The Politics of Freedom and the Cato Handbook for Policymakers.

His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate, and he wrote the entry on libertarianism for Encyclopedia Britannica. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN’s Crossfire, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, The McLaughlin Group, Stossel, The Independents, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

More from David Boaz


A New Handbook for Both Sides of the Aisle

The Hill (Online). February 17, 2017.

Why Tech Companies Are Getting Political February 3, 2017.

Trump’s (Few) Good Ideas

PBS NewsHour. November 9, 2016.

Cato Studies

The Libertarian Vote in the Age of Obama

Policy Analysis No. 658. January 21, 2010.

The Libertarian Vote

Policy Analysis No. 580. October 18, 2006.

What Would a School Voucher Buy? The Real Cost of Private Schools

Briefing Paper No. 25. March 26, 1996.


Competition and Cooperation

The Freeman. Vol. 47. No. 9. September 1997.

The Public School Monopoly: America’s Berlin Wall

Liberating Schools: Education in the Inner City. 1991.


Beyond Liberal and Conservative: Reassesing the Political Spectrum. December 1984.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

A Policy Agenda for 2017

Policy Report. A Policy Agenda for 2017.

Individualism, Community, and Coercion

Policy Report. Individualism, Community, and Coercion.

Brutish Markets or Brutish Government?

Policy Report. Brutish Markets or Brutish Government?.


Cato Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration

May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017. Special Event.

Cato Handbook for Policymakers: Capitol Hill Launch

February 16, 2017. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2016

November 30, 2016. City Seminar.