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Tom G. Palmer is the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love, & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his BA in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland; his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

More from Tom G. Palmer

Cato Studies

Lessons of Election 2000

Briefing Paper No. 59. January 2, 2001.


The Origins of State and Government

Cato's Letter. Vol. 10. No. 4. Fall 2012.

Realizing Freedom

Cato's Letter. Vol. 8. No. 2. Spring 2010.

Democracy and the Contest for Liberty

Northwestern University Law Review. Vol. 102. No. 1. 2008.

Public Filings

Parker v. District of Columbia

Legal Briefs. March 1, 2004.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Assessing Threats to Liberty

Policy Report. July/August 2017.

2. Limited Government and the Rule of Law

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

A New, Old Challenge: Global Anti-Libertarianism

Policy Report. November/December 2016.


Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together

July 14, 2019 to July 18, 2019. Conference.

Cato University: College of History and Philosophy

August 2, 2018 to August 4, 2018. Cato University.

Cato University: College of Law

March 15, 2018 to March 17, 2018. Cato University.