Cato Events: Rep. Chris Cox Defends Cyberspace Freedom; Hyde, Schundler Speak at Cato

Subjects
Double Book Forum: Prescription for Failure: Race Relations in the Age of Social Science and Anti-discrimination Law & Minority Employment
Policy Forum: "After the Crusade: America's Role in a New World"
Timothy J. Penny spoke on congressional defects and federal fiscal integrity
Hyde on civil forfeiture law reform
Press conference on the Clinton administration's auto trade policy toward the Japanese
Jesus Silva-Herzog on Mexico's economic problems
"Toward an American Renaissance" Seminar
Book Forum: "School Choice: Where Do We Go from Here?"
Book Forum: "Barry Goldwater: The Once and Future Libertarian"
Colloquium on "Censoring Cyberspace."
Policy Forum: "Grazing at the Public Trough: Rangeland Reform in the 104th Congress."


June 19: A double Book Forum honored publication of Prescription for Failure: Race Relations in the Age of Social Science by Byron Roth and Antidiscrimination Law and Minority Employment by Farrell Bloch. Roth said that misguided policies on welfare, crime, and education have led to massive increases in crime, illegitimacy, and education failure among black Americans in the inner cities. Bloch argued that affirmative action has not helped most poor black Americans.

June 20: A Policy Forum titled "After the Crusade: America's Role in a New World" featured authors of two recent books. Jonathan Clarke, Cato adjunct scholar and coauthor of After the Crusade: American Foreign Policy for the Post-Superpower Age, argued that the United States should pursue a strategy of defending only its vital interests. Robert B. Oakley, coauthor of Somalia and Operation Restore Hope: Reflections on Peacekeeping and Peacemaking, replied that U.S. policy should include alliance leadership and UN participation.

June 20: Former Minnesota congressman and Cato fellow in fiscal policy studies Timothy J. Penny, coauthor with Major Garrett of Common Cents: A Retiring Six-Term Congressman Reveals How Congress Really Works — and What We Must Do to Fix It, spoke about congressional defects and the need for federal fiscal integrity at a Book Forum in the House Budget Committee hearing room.

June 22: Rep. Henry Hyde, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, discussed the theme of his new Cato book, Forfeiting Our Property Rights: Is Your Property Safe from Seizure? at a Capitol Hill press conference. Hyde called for reform of the civil forfeiture laws to, among other things, restore the presumption of innocence for property owners.

June 22: Cato sponsored a Press Conference at which chairman William Niskanen and representatives from four other Washington organizations voiced opposition to the Clinton administration's auto trade policy toward the Japanese. Also participating were Joe Cobb of the Heritage Foundation; Robert Crandall of the Brookings Institution; Christopher DeMuth, president of the American Enterprise Institute; and James C. Miller III, chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy.

June 27: Mexico's ambassador to Washington, Jesus Silva-Herzog, spoke about his country's economic problems with Cato staff members and guests at a Roundtable Luncheon.

July 12: A seminar entitled "Toward an American Renaissance," held in Philadelphia, featured keynote speaker Bret Schundler, mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Cato's Edward Crane, Roger Pilon, and Stephen Moore.

July 18: "School Choice: Where Do We Go from Here?" was the title of a Book Forum marking publication of David Harmer's Cato book, School Choice: Why You Need It — How You Get It. Harmer talked about his experience with the unsuccessful school choice initiative in California. Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform, discussed the prospects for choice in 1995-96.

July 18: Lee Edwards spoke about "Barry Goldwater: The Once and Future Libertarian" at a Book Forum honoring publication of his new book, Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution. Edwards pointed out that Goldwater's 1964 presidential platform, which included a call for a flat tax, privatization, elimination of farm subsidies, and voluntary Social Security, is today at the center of the public policy debate.

July 19: A Cato Institute and Media Institute Telecommunications Colloquium addressed "Censoring Cyberspace." Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), an opponent of the Exon-Coats amendment to prohibit "indecency" on the Internet, discussed his bill (H.R. 1978) to protect free speech and facilitate private-sector solutions for people who wish to filter out material they deem offensive. Also speaking were Robert Corn-Revere, an attorney specializing in the First Amendment; Jerry Berman of the Center for Democracy and Technology, who warned of the dangers of censorship; and Cathy Cleaver of the Family Research Council, who argued for government measures to protect children from indecency.

August 2: Sen. Pete Domenici's (R-N.Mex.) Livestock Grazing Act came under fire at a Cato Policy Forum titled "Grazing at the Public Trough: Rangeland Reform in the 104th Congress." Karl Hess Jr., environmental author and Cato senior fellow in environmental studies, argued that Domenici's bill would exacerbate the existing tangled web of ranching subsidies. Bill Myers, director of the Federal Lands Council at the National Cattlemen's Association, argued that the bill simply provides for the fair use of public land and resources.