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.
New agency guidelines for future financial regulation are spelled out in President Trump’s recent executive order. Thaya Brook Knight comments.
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.
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.
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…
What 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.
How 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.”
European 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.
Shorge Sato discusses his challenge to the new rule that would convert hundreds of private homes in Chicago into public accommodations.
Rex 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.
Punishing 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.
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, discusses the site, how it’s treated by governments, and how it’s fueled by its users.
When the Federal Reserve governors meet next week, can they really do anything to stem looming inflation? And could any Trump-selected Fed governors help? Jerry Jordan and Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr. comment.
Colorado’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.
The 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.
Pennsylvania has imposed a 40% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes and related products. Bob Dick of the Commonwealth Foundation explains why it’s poor policy.
Translating 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.
Johan Norberg discusses Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future at Cato Club 200 in October.
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 […]
Since 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.
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.