The New Feudalism: Why States Must Repeal Growth-Management Laws

Advocates of growth-management laws, which strictly regulate what people can and cannot do with their land in the name of controlling urban sprawl, say that it produces many benefits, including preservation of farm lands, energy savings, reduced air pollution, and lower infrastructure costs. In a new paper, Cato scholar Randal O’Toole argues that growth management slows regional growth, exacerbates income inequality, and particularly harms low-income families, especially minorities such as African Americans and Latinos.

Options for Federal Privatization and Reform Lessons from Abroad

The American economy is sluggish, the government is running large deficits, and the public is frustrated with the poor performance of federal bureaucracies. One reform that can tackle all of these problems is privatizing federal businesses and assets.  In a new study, Cato scholar Chris Edwards discusses a dozen advantages of privatization and describes government activities that should be moved to the private sector.

Cato Studies

Of Special Note

New Audiobook – The Tyranny of Silence

The Tyranny of Silence

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose, then the paper’s culture editor and principally responsible for publishing the cartoons, writes about the people and experiences that have influenced his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and ex-Muslims living in Europe. He provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic. Now available as a fully unabridged audiobook on Audible.com.

Special! 10 Copies for $10

Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

Now Available

The Libertarian Mind Audiobook

The Libertarian Mind, by David Boaz, longtime executive vice president of the Cato Institute, is the best available guide to the history, ideas, and growth of libertarianism, and is the ultimate resource for the current, burgeoning libertarian movement. This acclaimed book is now available as a fully unabridged audiobook, ready for immediate downloading, on Audible.com.

Cato University: College of Economics

Cato University, the Cato Institute’s premier educational event of the year, will now be presented as a compact 3-day program several times a year, each with a different focus. This year’s inaugural program is based on the conviction that economics is a way of thinking, a tool for decision-making, and a basis for action. Discussions by Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith and top scholars and professors from Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the Cato Institute will solidify your expertise on basic economic principles, and then help you apply those tools to today’s most pressing issues.