The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the...05/26/15
Patrick Porter argues that America is both less powerful and more safe than we might be inclined to believe. His new book isThe Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power.
Wasting a Crisis: Why Securities Regulation Fails
The recent financial crisis led to sweeping reforms that inspired countless references to the New Deal. But were such reforms (then and now) justified? Paul Mahoney discusses his new book, Wasting a Crisis: Why Securities Regulation Fails.
Private Education and Social Cohesion
Does private education harm social cohesion? The President seems to believe it can. Neal McCluskey comments.
The Feds' Bad Bluff on REAL ID
The federal government has never made good on its threat to shut down air travel for citizens from states that haven't gone along with the REAL ID Act. Edward Hasbrouck explains why.
Do Cops Need Their Own Bill of Rights?
Police officers get many benefits not afforded to the public. Many protections protect corrupt cops from paying for their crimes. Walter Olson discusses the push for a "bill of rights" just for police officers.
Treating Data as Property in Surveillance Cases
If courts treat data as property under the Fourth Amendment, rulings on surveillance may afford Americans greater privacy. Jim Harper explains.
By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission
Civil disobedience may be the only avenue left for millions of Americans who just want to go about their business undisturbed. Charles Murray explains his dangerous idea in the new book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission.
Would a Guaranteed National Income Work?
A promising theory that's hard to justify in practice. Michael D. Tanner discusses the idea of a "guaranteed national income."
Will Courts Curtail Surveillance Powers?
The Second Circuit federal court of appeals has rejected the government's arguments about the necessity of collecting all Americans' phone data. Julian Sanchez explains why.
Tesla's Battery Advance and the Power Grid
Will Tesla's new battery technology speed the adoption of rooftop solar panels? Perhaps, says Peter Van Doren, but he argues that may not be a good thing.
Case Studies of Foiled Terror Plots
Many terror plots foiled by the FBI were largely orchestrated by the agency. John Mueller discusses many of the cases.
What is the U.S. Military Strategy in Syria?
What is the U.S. military trying to accomplish in Syria? Emma Ashford comments.
New Oil Technology and American Security
Do new methods for securing petroleum-based energy threaten to alter the balance of global power and destabilize parts of the world? Eugene Gholz, an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, argues that it's hard to find clear...
Montana Moves to Rein in Militarized Police
Montana's move to rein in militarization of police may serve as a model for states wishing to exercise greater control of their police forces. Adam Bates comments.
Fire More Federal Workers
The firing rate for federal workers is a small fraction of the rate in the private sector. Chris Edwards explains why that needs to change.
Republicans' Faith-Based Surveillance Policy
Prominent Republicans like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio support blanket spying on Americans even though it's been shown to deliver few dividends. Julian Sanchez explains.
Scott Walker's Nativist Turn on Immigration
Republicans Scott Walker and Ted Cruz may have plenty to argue about on the debate stage when it comes to immigration. Alex Nowrasteh discusses their positions and proposed state-based worker visa programs.
Why Jail Parents Who Can't Afford Child Support?
Jailing or denying a driver's license to parents who can't afford child support payments is, at best, totally incoherent. Walter Olson explains.
SCOTUS Rules on Police Stops & Drug-Sniffing Dogs
The Supreme Court has made it a little harder for police to detain motorists following the end of a legitimate traffic stop, but it won't end the use of drug-sniffing dogs. Jim Harper comments.
How Might the GAO Audit the Fed?
The Government Accountability Office has some authority to look into how the Federal Reserve does its business, but is that sufficient? Former GAO comptroller general David Walker comments. Should GAO Audit the Federal Reserve?
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