Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:16:00 -0500Barack Obama expressed concerns about "leaving a loaded weapon lying around" for future presidents to wield. And then he did exactly that. Gene Healy comments on the outgoing President’s aggrandizement of the Oval Office.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:58:00 -0500What do we know about the costs and benefits of the Obama foreign policy as his time in the White House comes to an end? Chris Preble comments.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:54:00 -0500A policy that gave Cubans help escaping Cuba has come to an end in President Obama's final days in office. Alex Nowrasteh comments.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:56:00 -0500The 7,500 mile journey from China to London along the "new Silk Road" signals a new era of trade between those countries. U.S. officials should take the hint. Christine Guluzian comments.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:51:00 -0500The world lost the great civil libertarian, journalist, and Cato scholar Nat Hentoff last week. Scott Bullock comments on his several legacies.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500The "border adjustment tax" may be a move to head off a possible trade war undertaken by President-elect Trump. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell discuss the risks and opportunities of such a plan, and alternatives that should be on the table.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:58:00 -0500Without Congress, just what can a President do to disrupt trading relationships? How far can the President go toward raising the price of products that Americans want? Daniel J. Ikenson comments on executive power and international trade.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500What makes firms decide where to locate new production facilities? What is the role of the American tax and regulatory environments in attracting production facilities? Dan Pearson comments.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:09:00 -0500Can the specter of a President-elect threatening companies with punitive taxes really make the U.S. a better place to invest? Simon Lester comments.
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500With Wilbur Ross at Commerce, Peter Navarro at the new National Trade Council, and Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative, Donald Trump has assembled a team aimed at protecting U.S. industry from competition. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell comment.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:45:00 -0500Barack Obama will have served as President during eight continuous years of war. Ben Friedman comments.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:24:00 -0500Banning speech doesn't stop terrorism, and for some people such bans can make radical, disfavored ideologies more attractive. Flemming Rose comments.
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:23:00 -0500President-elect Donald Trump makes many statements via social media and off-mic about America's plans for nuclear weapons, but it's not clear what they mean. Ben Friedman comments.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500How states choose to comply with the Affordable Care Act can make a difference for taxpayers. Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute makes his case.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:44:00 -0500What are the constitutional issues raised when a government can put someone, even a registered sex offender, behind bars simply for making use of social media? David Post comments on the Packingham case that goes before the Supreme Court next year.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:41:00 -0500Does occupational licensing hamper ex cons who want to be productive members of society? Stephen A. Slivinski of Arizona State has some new research on the subject.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:38:00 -0500How customers get eyeglasses in South Carolina could be undergoing a big change, but not if the incumbent industry can help it. Robert McNamara of the Institute for Justice discusses the case.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:57:00 -0500How should the Federal Reserve clear the way for competitive currencies? Jim Grant is publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer. We spoke during Cato's monetary conference in November.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:54:00 -0500Heather Ann Thompson discusses Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.
Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:50:00 -0500Opposition to liberty isn't always rooted in mere ignorance. It's often rooted in a school of thought that opposes liberty. Tom G. Palmer discusses the new thinkers who are working to make intolerance respectable again.
Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500Homesharing is facing increasing scrutiny from state and local governments. At the State Policy Network annual meeting, Christina Sandefur discusses the controversy.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:35:00 -0500Why are public high schools so bad at preparing young people for so many real jobs in the private sector? Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute comments.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:03:00 -0500Drought creates big problems in California. Bad water allocation makes those problems worse. Reed Watson of the Property and Environment Research center comments.
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:09:00 -0500When a court throws out a case against you after you've paid restitution, shouldn't you get your money back? David Post comments on the case of Nelson v. Colorado.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:52:00 -0500The IRS and Customs and Border Patrol are dragging their feet in providing basic information about their civil asset forfeiture programs. Lisa Knepper of the Institute for Justice explains why they've filed suit.
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:40:00 -0500How should libertarians broaden their understanding of the world beyond mere policy responses? Into what fields should libertarians extend methodological individualism? Anthony Comegna and Steve Horwitz comment.
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500The "midnight regulating" that marks the end of every presidential administration is in full swing. But even much of the regulating done over the past several months can be undone quickly in the opening weeks of a Trump Administration. Other regulatory changes may be more challenging. Susan E. Dudley directs the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500What infrastructure fixes would deliver the biggest economic boost? And why isn't that the focus of any revamp of American infrastructure? Randal O'Toole comments.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:10:00 -0500How do our expectations about how police ought to do their jobs line up with how police actually do their jobs? Emily Ekins is author of "Policing in America."
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:26:00 -0500European populists have been emboldened by a Trump victory in the U.S. Presidential race. Alberto Mingardi of Istituto Bruno Leoni says there is at least one bright spot for liberalism in Europe today.
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:18:00 -0500Shorge Sato discusses his challenge to the new rule that would convert hundreds of private homes in Chicago into public accommodations.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:50:00 -0500Rex Tillerson has been designated by Donald Trump as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Beyond his business interests, what would drive his tenure as chief diplomat for the United States? Emma Ashford comments.
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:14:00 -0500Punishing your own ideological friends for using the wrong words is a problem of both left and right. Alex Nowrasteh describes the Right's trouble with "patriotic correctness.” The Right Has Its Own Version of Political Correctness. It’s Just as Stifling.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:14:00 -0500Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, discusses the site, how it's treated by governments, and how it's fueled by its users.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500When the Federal Reserve governors meet next week, will their decisions have any impact on the real economy? And could any Trump-selected Fed governors help? Jerry Jordan and Gerald P. O'Driscoll, Jr. comment.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:34:00 -0500Colorado's experience so far with legal pot has meant more state revenues and Republicans claiming that the pot tax is "too high." Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute comments.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:29:00 -0500The testimony of a camera was not enough to convince a juror in South Carolina that the police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott was guilty of murder. Matthew Feeney comments.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:30:00 -0500Pennsylvania has imposed a 40% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes and related products. Bob Dick of the Commonwealth Foundation explains why it's poor policy.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:24:00 -0500Translating classic works of libertarian thinking like The Road to Serfdom for a very young audience is a challenge. Connor Boyack hopes his Tuttle Twins book series will do just that.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:09:00 -0500Johan Norberg discusses Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future at Cato Club 200 in October.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:06:00 -0500Since Colorado adopted a voter-led ballot initiative process, the results have been mostly positive. Jon Caldara discusses the state's experiment with the referendum process.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:24:00 -0500How do different kinds of freedom interact around the world to produce the outcomes we value? Ian Vásquez is one of the authors of the new Human Freedom Index.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:11:00 -0500Juan Carlos Hidalgo discusses the next steps for Cuba now that longtime dictator Fidel Castro has died.
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:28:00 -0500The incoming Trump administration raises fears of further regulation of political speech. David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics discusses the risks and opportunities.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:24:00 -0500James Traficant was a folk hero, but his story should provide some understanding of this very strange election year. Eric Murphy is producer of Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:21:00 -0500Libertarians often find it difficult to talk about class, but understanding how the state creates permanent classes may be essential to engaging with other ideological groups. Anthony Comegna comments.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500What should Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and you be reading this Thanksgiving? Sarah Skwire makes a few suggestions.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:01:00 -0500Kratom is a plant the DEA wants banned, but it's far from clear that it poses any serious danger. Andrew Turner, a veteran with post-traumatic stress, is among those who say they benefit enormously from using kratom.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:56:00 -0500How will sanctuary cities fare with with a future Trump administration? Alex Nowrasteh comments.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:43:00 -0500If the U.S. wants to end the practice of other countries subsidizing key industries, it would require the U.S. to clean up its own business giveaways. Scott Lincicome comments.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:41:00 -0500As many voters are licking their wounds after failing to elect the first female U.S. President, Anthony Comegna talks about how the important historical role of women on behalf of liberty is more than mere interactions with the state.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:17:00 -0500More states, most notably California, have moved to legalize and tax marijuana. Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation describes some of the wrinkles the remain in the tax treatment of cannabis.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:02:00 -0500It may be a mixed bag on actual policy, but the Obama Administration's various executive actions may be swiftly undone as Donald Trump becomes President.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:51:00 -0500Which factions will be duking it out as a Trump administration foreign policy is forged? Trevor Thrall explains.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:48:00 -0500Does a pending Trump presidency present opportunities to deregulate financial markets? Thaya Brook Knight comments.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500President-elect Trump will inherit all of the expansions of executive power given to him by his predecessors, most notably Barack Obama. Gene Healy says the one-time "thought experiment" is now a reality.
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:38:00 -0500The foreign policy of President-elect Donald Trump remains a mystery, in part because so few foreign policy experts were willing to advise him during the campaign. Emma Ashford comments.
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:34:00 -0500An unprecedented election ends in surprise, and more questions for President-elect Donald Trump's substantive policy. David Boaz comments.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:03:00 -0500The Dorr War failed, but it gave rise to many prominent women deserving of appreciation. Anthony Comegna comments. Related episode: The Dorr War in Rhode Island featuring Anthony Comegna.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:29:00 -0500The 2016 election for President features two of the most reviled candidates in the history of polling. Could that spur efforts to shift important powers back to Congress? Gene Healy comments.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:33:00 -0400Government should mostly take a hands-off policy toward scientific inquiry. Terence Kealey explains why.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0400Don't talk to the police, even if you want to help them solve a crime. James Duane says that's the advice police and lawyers give their own children. He explains why in his new book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0400Why do governments fight the people fighting hunger? How does the government promote food waste? Baylen J. Linnekin explains in Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0400Federal criminal justice reform in 2016 isn't quite totally dead yet. Marc A. Levin, Policy Director for Right on Crime, Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, comments on prospects for reform this year.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:52:00 -0400Daniel Hannan is a member of the European Parliament and a strong supporter of the Brexit referendum. He spoke at the Cato Institute's Cato Club 200 event in Park City, Utah.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:21:00 -0400The health insurance premium hikes aren't the worst surprise from the Affordable Care Act this year. Michael Cannon explains.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:04:00 -0400Why is the rest of Washington state considering closing the gap with Seattle's very high minimum wage? Chris Cargill of the Washington Policy Center comments.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:23:00 -0400The Fourth Amendment is implicated when any government official wants to poke around in your house for no good reason. In Ohio, Maurice A. Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law is trying to fight it.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:18:00 -0400Swedish writer Hanna Marie Björklund discusses some labor and welfare problems as Sweden attempts to assimilate recent immigrants.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:32:00 -0400The decisions we make in the voting booth tend to be less informed and less decisive than the votes we cast with our feet. Ilya Somin, author of Democracy and Political Ignorance, explains.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:30:00 -0400Did the Citizens United decision make Michael Moore's new film possible? Trevor Burrus comments.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:31:00 -0400The Universal Basic Income is an idea with many detractors. Charles Murray is not among them.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:13:00 -0400The new film Of Dogs and Men details several episodes in which police shoot family dogs. The film's producer, Patrick Reasonover, says its all too common, but that police are beginning to recognize the scale of the problem.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:19:00 -0400Johan Norberg says human progress isn't inevitable, but it's worth examining just how much freedom has improved life on the planet. His new book is Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future.