Are We Headed for a New Cold War?
Roundtable Luncheon with Donald T. Brash
Roundtable Luncheon with Rep. David McIntosh (R-Ind.)
Whither the Republican Tax Cuts?
Why we need a private pension program and how to get one
Social Security Luncheon
Roundtable Luncheon with Nien Cheng
Social Security Dinner
Cato's Social Security Privatization Project at a Congressional Staff Breakfast
Social Security Luncheon in Chicago
The United Nations after 50 Years: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed?
Roundtable Luncheon with members of the parliament of the Czech Republic
Can the People Be Trusted with Privacy? The Matter of Computer Encryption
Roundtable Luncheon with Roy C. Chapman
The Philosophical Foundations of a Free Society
Book Forum: Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility
Roundtable Luncheon with Shikha Dalmia
Board of Directors Dinner
Board of Directors semiannual meeting
The Czech Republic, Its Transition, and Europe
October 5: Frank Gaffney, executive director of the Center for Security Policy, and Stanley Kober, a Cato research fellow, discussed "Are We Headed for a New Cold War?" at a Policy Forum. Gaffney said American interests could be threatened by developments in Russia, China, North Korea, and elsewhere and called for more and wiser military spending. Kober warned that the United States should be very cautious about expanding its military guarantees against Russia because a policy that is "too forceful" could backfire sparking a new cold war and perhaps worse.
October 11: Donald T. Brash, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Bank of New Zealand, discussed monetary policy with members of Cato's policy staff at a Roundtable Luncheon.
October 12: Rep. David McIntosh (R-Ind.) and members of his staff discussed legislative issues with the Cato policy staff at a Congressional Roundtable Breakfast.
October 13: A Capitol Hill Policy Briefing explored the question, "Whither the Republican Tax Cuts?" Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.) said that the American people suffer under a record aggregate tax rate and are overdue for a cut. Former senator Malcolm Wallop, chairman of the Frontiers of Freedom Foundation, criticized the congressional Republicans for failing to make clear that cutting the capital gains tax would stimulate economic growth. Jude Wanniski, president of Polyconomics, Inc., agreed, noting that the source of growth is risk taking, which is punished by a tax on capital formation.
October 16: Jose Pinera, cochairman of Cato's Social Security Privatization Project, and Michael Tanner, director of the project, explained why we need a private pension program and how to get one at a Social Security Luncheon held in New York City. Pinera privatized the pension system in Chile as minister of labor.
October 17: A Social Security Luncheon was held in Boston with Pinera, Tanner, Cato president Edward H. Crane, and William Shipman, cochairman of the Social Security Privatization Project.
October 18: Nien Cheng, author of Life and Death in Shanghai, discussed her imprisonment by the Chinese communists during the Cultural Revolution and the future of U.S.-Chinese relations at a Roundtable Luncheon with Cato staff members and guests.
October 18: A Social Security Dinner for members of Congress featured Pinera, Tanner, Crane, and Shipman.
October 19: Legislative aides were briefed on Cato's Social Security Privatization Project at a Congressional Staff Breakfast. Speakers included Reps. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Bill Orton (D-Utah); Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff; former Minnesota congressman Tim Penny, Cato fellow in fiscal policy studies; Mark Weinberger, a member of the project advisory board; and Pinera, Tanner, and Shipman.
October 20: A Social Security Luncheon was held in Chicago with Pinera, Tanner, and Crane.
October 24: A Capitol Hill Briefing entitled "The United Nations after 50 Years: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed?" examined the case for U.S. withdrawal from the world body. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.), who is sponsoring appropriate legislation, said Congress should repeal the United Nations Participation Act. Rep. David Funderburk (R-N.C.) expressed support for Scarborough's bill. Syndicated columnist Stefan Halper emphasized the UN's bureaucratic corruption but stopped short of advocating withdrawal. Cato senior fellow Doug Bandow accused the UN of overreaching through nation building and civil-war management that threaten to draw the United States into armed conflict.
October 27: Members of the parliament of the Czech Republic joined the Cato policy staff in discussing the transition to the free market at a Roundtable Luncheon.
October 26: A Policy Forum asked, "Can the People Be Trusted with Privacy? The Matter of Computer Encryption." Philip Zimmermann, author of the powerful encryption software Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), said the constant threat of abusive government makes it necessary for people to be able to protect their computer documents from government snooping. Stewart Baker, former general counsel with the National Security Agency, said that most people don't need military-grade encryption to achieve adequate privacy and that programs such as PGP will be used by criminals to evade detection.
October 31: Roy C. Chapman, chairman and CEO of Human Capital Resources, Inc., outlined his alternative to traditional student loans to members of the Cato Institute policy staff at a Roundtable Luncheon. He plans to make equity investments in the value added by college education and package such investments as mutual funds that could be an alternative to the federal loan program.
November 2: Psychologist and author Nathaniel Branden discussed "The Philosophical Foundations of a Free Society" at a Policy Forum. He pointed out that the case for freedom must be based on a defense of self-interest and the pursuit of profit, which have done more to improve human life than explicit humanitarian efforts. Earlier, at a roundtable discussion with the Cato policy staff, he outlined his plans for a book about freedom, morality, and culture.
November 3: At a Book Forum, journalist Robert James Bidinotto, editor of Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility, deplored the decline of morality and called for tougher law enforcement and longer prison terms on behalf of the victims of crime. Timothy Lynch, assistant director of Cato's Center for Constitutional Studies, agreed with much of Bidinotto's thesis but took issue with his call for elimination of the exclusionary rule on illegally seized evidence and the building of more prisons.
November 20: Visiting scholar Shikha Dalmia presented a paper on the theory of liberal toleration and attacks on it by conservatives, radicals, and communitarians at a Roundtable Luncheon attended by policy staff members and guests.
November 30: A reception and dinner were held for the Board of Directors at Cato headquarters.
December 1: The Board of Directors held their semiannual meeting.
December 4: Czech Republic prime minister Vaclav Klaus spoke on "The Czech Republic, Its Transition, and Europe" before an overflow crowd at a Policy Forum, followed by a private luncheon with Cato policy staff and guests. Klaus explained that his formally communist country has successfully passed through the transition stage and now faces the difficult economic problems typical of market-oriented countries.