Ronald Reagan was the most eloquent spokesman for limited government of our time. Through 25 years of tirelessly “raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors” of political principle, he succeeded in changing the climate of opinion in the United States and around the world. His conservatism involved making government smaller, not using big government for conservative goals. We miss that kind of conservatism in Washington today.

Photo Gallery of Ronald Reagan

Highlighted Piece:

Remembering Ronald Reagan by David Boaz


Supply‐​Side Tax Cuts and the Truth about the Reagan Economic Record by William Niskanen and Stephen Moore
Reagan’s Nuclear Defense Strategy: Myth and Reality by Fred Kaplan
Reagan’s 1983 Defense Budget: An Analysis and an Alternative by Earl C. Ravenal
The Reagan Budget: The Deficit that Didn’t Have to Be by David Boaz
Tedious Fraud: Reagan’s Farm Policy and the Politics of Agricultural Marketing Orders by Michael McMenamin
Reagan, National Security, and the First Amendment: Plugging Leaks by Shutting Off the Main by Frederick W. Whatley
U.S. Aid to Anti‐​Communist Rebels: The “Reagan Doctrine” and Its Pitfalls by Ted Galen Carpenter
The Reagan Record on Trade: Rhetoric vs. Reality by Sheldon L. Richman

Opinion and Commentary

Reagan Was No Neocon by Gene Healy
Reagan Embraced Free Trade and Immigration by Daniel Griswold
It’s the Reagan Economy, Stupid by Lawrence Kudlow and Stephen Moore
Reflections on Reagan the Intellectual by Steve H. Hanke
Reagan: America’s Optimistic Advocate of Freedom by Doug Bandow
Reagan’s Budget Legacy by Chris Edwards
President Reagan’s Torture Advice to President Obama by Nat Hentoff
Ronald Reagan’s Cross‐​Border Legacy by Patrick Basham
Reagan the Intellectual by Steve H. Hanke
Reagan’s Small‐​Government Vision by Chris Edwards
Lessons from Reagan by Richard W. Rahn

Cato at Liberty Blog Posts

Reagan’s Libertarian Spirit by David Boaz
Comparing Reaganomics and Obamanomics by Daniel J. Mitchell
What Would Reagan Do on Immigration? by Daniel Griswold
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan by Daniel J. Mitchell
The Reagan Tax Cuts, Budget Forecasting, and Government Revenue by Daniel J. Mitchell
Obama and Reagan’s Speeches about Freedom by David Boaz


The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History by John Samples
Reaganomics: An Insider’s Account of the Policies and the People by William Niskanen
Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government by Stephen Slivinski
Leviathan on the Right: How Big‐​Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution by Michael Tanner
Reflections of a Political Economist: Selected Articles on Government Policies and Political Processes by William Niskanen

Cato Policy Report

Reagan’s Heir? by David Boaz
The Rise and Fall of the GOP by Edward H. Crane


Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History


Reagan at 100 featuring William A. Niskanen
The Age of Reagan featuring Stephen F. Hayward
Reagan and the Tyranny of the Status Quo featuring John Samples
Can Obama Channel Reagan? featuring John Samples