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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.

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Key Concepts of Libertarianism April 12, 2019.

The 10 Best Libertarian Movies

Medium. February 22, 2019.

Young People like ‘Socialism,’ but Do They Know What It Is?

National Review (Online). October 25, 2018.

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.


Freedom in Crisis

Cato's Letter. Vol. 7. No. 3. Summer 2009.

The Coming Century of Liberty

Cato's Letter. Vol. 5. No. 4. Fall 2007.

Bipartisan Big Government in Washington

Cato's Letter. Vol. 2. No. 4. Fall 2004.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

Ronald Reagan and Us

Policy Report. January/February 2019.

A Tale of Three Headlines

Policy Report. July/August 2018.

New Challenges to Liberty

Policy Report. January/February 2018.