How 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.
Abstract: This note evaluates the claim of Steven Pinker in The Better Angels of Our Nature that the advent of strong states led to a decline in violence. I test this claim in the modern context, measuring the effect of the strength of government in lower-income countries on reductions in homicide rates. The strength of […]
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Juan Carlos Hidalgo discusses the next steps for Cuba now that longtime dictator Fidel Castro has died.
The incoming Trump administration raises fears of further regulation of political speech. David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics discusses the risks and opportunities.
If 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.
As 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.
More 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.
It 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.
Which factions will be duking it out as a Trump administration foreign policy is forged? Trevor Thrall explains.
Does a pending Trump presidency present opportunities to deregulate financial markets? Thaya Brook Knight comments.
President-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.
The 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.
An unprecedented election ends in surprise, and more questions for President-elect Donald Trump’s substantive policy. David Boaz comments.
The 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.
The 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.
Government should mostly take a hands-off policy toward scientific inquiry. Terence Kealey explains why.
Don’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.
Why 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.
Federal 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.
Daniel 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.