What helps the world's poor to become prosperous? Matt Warner, president of the Atlas Network, describes some of the problems of development economics, the aid industry, and provides some hope for the future.
A decade later, we're still discovering lessons from the Great Recession. Economist Vincent Reinhart discussed a few at the Cato Institute Monetary Conference in 2018.
A new Oregon law is a first-of-its-kind statewide rent control regime. It’s effects may be fairly weak, given its provisions. Ryan Bourne discusses the winners and losers in the new regime.
The case for transit would seem to rest on its ability to cheaply get low-income Americans to work. Randal O'Toole argues that it's not that simple.
Many states are pushing so-called Marsy's Laws as a way to protect victims of crime from some of elements of the criminal justice system. How might police use these laws to escape accountability? Jonathan Blanks comments.
Does the U.S. retreat from freer trade have political implications? How should trade policy adjust to the shrinking U.S. share of the global economy? Craig VanGrasstek is author of Trade and American Leadership.
Christopher A. Preble is author of Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy. This is a special presentation from the March 2019 edition of Cato Audio.
Is it too rich to hear former Vice President Cheney complain about the Trump foreign policy? Was the Pentagon really caught unawares by the President's decree that the U.S. leave Syria? Jim Antle is editor of The American Conservative magazine.
How much do we know about the ratio between foreign-born and American-born terrorist threats? Does it matter? Patrick Eddington comments.
Online political speech is often dramatically different from the speech presented via terrestrial broadcasting. That difference is critical to protecting speech in the face of one-size-fits-all regulatory regimes. Attorney Allen Dickerson with the Institute for Free Speech comments.
Legislation is now on the table to end the Jones Act. Colin Grabow discusses its likely prospects.
A big Supreme Court case has fundamentally altered the landscape of sports betting. So what comes next? Patrick Moran comments.
The 2016 election revealed a great deal about how rural America functions and how it doesn't. Tim Carney makes a case in Alienated America that there may be ways to bridge growing divisions.
After the Hanoi Summit, how should the U.S. continue its engagement with North Korea? Eric Gomez comments.
A massive new plan unveiled by Democrats is a wish list of restrictions on free political speech. Luke Wachob of the Institute for Free Speech comments.
The police raids on massage parlors in Florida initially promised a blockbuster story of sex trafficking. So far, the story hasn't panned out. Elizabeth Nolan Brown, an associate editor at Reason magazine, explains.
For all the bluster about immigration, the idea that immigrants pose a unique crime problem still doesn't show up in the data. Alex Nowrasteh discusses his new paper.
What grants border patrol agents more invasive powers in a 100-mile wide band around the edges of the United States? Chris Montoya is a former longtime Customs and Border Patrol agent.
A new proposal would expand Medicare to include Americans as young as 50. It's a throw-money-at-it solution to problems largely caused by government intervention in health care, according to Cato’s Michael Cannon.
Will the diplomatic push between the U.S. and North Korea produce more substantive agreement? Will South Korea get on board with the long-held goal of U.S. troops departing the peninsula? Eric Gomez comments.
What are all these university administrators doing, exactly? Cato senior fellow Todd Zywicki doesn't know, either.
Dignity and productivity are strongly linked, but it's easy to misunderstand. Ryan Bourne comments.
On the new CatoAudio, we devote our roundtable to the new lawsuit the Cato Institute has filed against the Securities and Exchange Commission policy of imposing gag orders on settling defendants. Cato's Clark Neily and Bob McNamara of IJ comment.
A dispute among members of the FCC indicates that there is an appetite on the commission for banning e-cigarette ads in the name of the "public interest." Commissioner Brendan Carr says he stands with the First Amendment.
Between the pullback of FoxConn's commitments to Wisconsin and Amazon's HQ2 withdrawal from New York, it's worth examining taxpayer-provided incentives for economic development. John Mozena is president of the Center for Economic Accountability.
Massive delegations of authority may strengthen the President's claim of a "national emergency" at the southern border. The facts of the emergency are not on his side. Will Yeatman and Alex Nowrasteh comment.
What should the U.S. do to adjust to China's rise? Tariffs and shattering the global trading system aren't the answer, according to Scott Lincicome.
A proposal to tax wealth runs into Constitutional problems, but how would it work otherwise? Michael Tanner comments.
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) hinges critically on government having sole dominion over money. George Selgin discusses some of the new and old ideas MMT encapsulates.
Vanguard founder Jack Bogle revolutionized American investing on behalf of the little guy. Diego Zuluaga comments on his passing.
The announced removal of U.S. troops from Syria was a long time coming. So, what now? John Glaser comments.
The Green New Deal may just be a resolution or a wish list, but the challenges would be massive and the benefits less than clear. Peter Van Doren discusses the initial draft of the Green New Deal.
A new meta-analysis points to the notion that U.S. dietary advice has been fatally flawed for more than four decades. Terence Kealey explains.
A no-deal Brexit could be devastating on a number of fronts. Where do things stand now? Ryan Bourne and Emma Ashford comment.
Is there anything the U.S. should do to support Venezuelans who want to reassert their liberties? Juan Carlos Hidalgo comments.
Why does life improve in your 50s, 60s, and beyond? Jonathan Rauch makes his case in The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50.
What gave the United States its highly bureaucratic healthcare system? Christy Ford Chapin explains in Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System.
New data is revealing that the doctor-centered narratives on opioid addiction and overdose are, at best, severely flawed and possibly entirely wrong. Jeffrey A. Singer describes why.
Complaints about higher education in the U.S. are ubiquitous. College costs are up as student debt loads become more unsustainable, while criticisms of the quality of university education mount. Todd Zywicki is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Unprofitable Schooling.
CBD is a chemical derived from cannabis, and its legal status is still not totally clear. Mike Riggs of Reason details how the drug is being treated by various federal agencies.
After Eric Ferguson was treated for a venomous snake bite, he received a bill including an $80,000 charge for $750 in antivenom.
Government shutdowns don't need to be so disruptive. Chris Edwards argues the key is devolving a great deal of federal control.
A White House compromise plan to change the Delayed Action on Childhood Arrivals program (in exchange for funding for a wall at the border) was hardly a compromise at all. Instead, it would have stripped protection from many “Dreamers." David Bier comments on what a compromise measure ought to look like.
The United States has a long history of involvement in overthrowing governments in the Americas. Is this round of support for opposition leaders in Venezuela different? John Glaser comments.
What we still don't know about what former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told prosecutors is telling. Julian Sanchez comments.
The State of the Union is a blustery and vacuous ritual, and it doesn't have to be that way. Nancy Pelosi has offered Donald Trump a great opportunity to mail it in. Gene Healy comments.
What makes a 'market failure'? Ryan Bourne is author of the new paper, "How ‘Market Failure’ Arguments Lead to Misguided Policy.”
Gilbert King's Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America details the decades-old wrongful arrest of four young black men on rape charges in Florida and the work of Thurgood Marshall and other attorneys to assert basic Constitutional rights on behalf of the defendants. The last of the Groveland Four died in 2012, but thanks in large part to the book, they have now been officially pardoned.
Do cyber operations among rival states achieve their stated objectives? What are the escalation risks? Brandon Vareriano is co-author of the new Cato paper, "The Myth of the Cyber Offense: The Case for Restraint."
What does the Constitution have to say about national emergencies, both real and imagined? Gene Healy comments.
As a pressure valve against our broken immigration system, why not let immigrants pay for the privilege? Alex Nowrasteh makes his case in a new Cato paper.
A new documentary showcased by PBS presents Montana as a success story of campaign finance reform and Wisconsin's John Doe investigations as a failure. Steve Klein of the Pillar of Law Institute details some omissions in the Dark Money documentary. Related podcasts: Wisconsin’s ‘John Doe’ Raids Two Years Later October 2, 2015 “John Doe” Prosecutors Lose Big in Wisconsin October 6, 2016
The right to self medicate has a long history. It's time Americans rediscovered it. Jessica Flanigan makes her case in the new book Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate.
What makes a government fine excessive? Timbs v. Indiana, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, may provide some important clarification. Sam Gedge is an Institute for Justice attorney representing Tyson Timbs before the high court.
Tasting butter is a matter of, well, taste. In Wisconsin, certified butter tasters are a part of the normal regulatory process. Anastasia Boden of the Pacific Legal Foundation is handling an ongoing legal case on behalf of a small butter maker.
One big cost associated with prescription drugs is going to a doctor for a prescription. Naomi Lopez Bauman of the Goldwater Institute describes one reform that could drive those costs down.
Prescription drug prices continue moving up. What can discipline the process of setting drug prices? Charles Silver is coauthor of the Cato Institute book, Overcharged.
The feds have a poor record of protecting data privacy, but there are moves that states can make to do so. Connor Boyack discusses one such effort in Utah.
Why is it so hard to get monetary and fiscal policy right in troubled economic times? Jeffrey Frankel of Harvard's Kennedy School comments.
The Jones Act is supposed to protect U.S. shipbuilders. So why does the industry fail to compete globally? Economist Thomas Grennes comments.
Manuel Reyes, head of the Puerto Rico Food Marketing, Industry and Distribution Chamber, argues that the costs of the Jones Act have accelerated. We spoke during Cato's conference on the Jones Act this month.
When private universities pledge to enshrine academic freedom and freedom of speech, how much teeth does that promise have? Rick Esenberg is with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.
When a local union wants to escape the expense of its state affiliate, what recourse do they have? David Osborne is with the Fairness Center. He discusses the case of a firefighter's union in Pennsylvania that has had enough.
What does it mean for policy and welfare programs when the definition of poverty creeps up into the middle class? Jarrett Skorup of the Mackinac Center comments.
How does the Jones Act make some American industries less competitive? Bryan Riley of the National Taxpayers Union comments.
We can trace some powerful advances in human freedom to the ideas pushed by marginalized people and groups. Anthony Comegna walks us through the weirdos who stood up for freedom during the English Civil War.
Control what you can control and don't let the rest trouble you. The great stoics of centuries past have much to offer our contemporary lives. Ryan Holiday comments on engaging with what matters.
Donald Trump has altered political comedy, and not for the better. Comedian and satirist Andrew Heaton argues that it may be a short-term phenomenon, but it's up to comedians to adjust.
A new case headed to the Supreme Court may challenge a great deal of deference courts currently afford federal agencies. Andrew Grossman comments.
What problem was the Federal Reserve meant to solve? How does that compare with its assumed mandate today? Jeffrey Lacker is a former head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He discusses the original Fed charter and the powers it now claims.
American participation in the conflict in Syria was never approved by Congress, and the benefits of being involved are far from clear. The President has ordered an end to U.S. participation in the conflict. Cato's John Glaser and Chris Preble believe it’s the right move.
What makes the FIRST STEP Act the most significant criminal justice reform in years? Shon Hopwood teaches law at Georgetown University. He discusses what he believes ought to be the next steps in criminal justice reform.
How effective would a border wall be against drug smugglers? The answer can tell us a lot about how effective it would be against illegal migrants. Cato's David Bier is author of a new policy analysis on the subject.
As home-based businesses grow, regulators should try to get out of the way. Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute comments.