Do any real safeguards assure that Americans’ data isn’t being collected by intelligence agencies? The new Wikileaks revelations about CIA hacking tools offer little comfort. Patrick Eddington comments.
A great deal of government surveillance of Americans is done without a warrant. And asserting your right against such surveillance is often virtually impossible. Barry Friedman, author of Unwarranted, comments.
The Trump travel ban covering several majority Muslim countries is a slight improvement, but contains many of the same flaws as the original. Alex Nowrasteh explains.
Julian Sanchez traces the origin and likelihood of a strange claim from the White House of wiretapping by the previous administration.
President Trump’s massive centrally planned infrastructure proposal misses the mark. Cato’s Chris Edwards argues that Trump should focus on devolving control of assets and privatize many currently public infrastructure projects.
What laws are enabling President Trump’s stepped up immigration enforcement? Alex Nowrasteh explains.
How do Islam and classical liberalism diverge? Can there be a reconciliation? Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam without Extremes, comments.
Massive protests greeted Donald Trump upon his inauguration, but speaking out against the president will require a robust First Amendment. Will the American Left support it? Luke Wachob of the Center for Competitive Politics believes so.
The departure of Michael Flynn from the Trump Administration reveals more than just the problems of poorly timed phone calls to foreign officials. Julian Sanchez comments.
How do so-called “bottleneckers” restrict competition and harm the public? Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice discusses his new book, Bottleneckers.
What does Donald Trump mean for the broad libertarian movement? And why shouldn’t we give credit to politicians when they do things we like? Anthony Comegna comments.
New agency guidelines for future financial regulation are spelled out in President Trump’s recent executive order. Thaya Brook Knight comments.
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David Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is an expert on visa reform, border security, and interior enforcement.
In every census since 1980, immigrants have been half as likely to be incarcerated as natives. This is especially true of those most likely to be here illegally — who are FIVE TIMES less likely to be incarcerated.
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Federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch is President Trump’s pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. What do we know about his judicial opinions and philosophy? Ilya Shapiro comments.
What 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.
A policy that gave Cubans help escaping Cuba has come to an end in President Obama’s final days in office. Alex Nowrasteh comments.
How 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.
What 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.
Does 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.
How 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.
How 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.
Heather Ann Thompson discusses Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.
Opposition 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.
How 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.
The “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…
Abstract: Arguments for handgun ownership typically appeal to handguns’ value as an effective means of self-protection. Against this, critics argue that private ownership of handguns leads to more social harm than it prevents. Both sides make powerful arguments, and in the absence of a reasonable consensus regarding the merits of gun ownership, David DeGrazia proposes two […]
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.
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.