The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
Insiders vs. Outsiders & the 'CRomnibus'12/20/14
There are good reasons to believe the fight between insiders and outsiders in both major parties will yield some more libertarian public policy. Reason Magazine's Peter Suderman comments on the fight over the so-called "CRomnibus."
Castro Regime May Undermine Reforms
The Castro regime used the embargo as a scapegoat to blame America for the poor state of Cuba's economy and thus maintain a hold on power. Juan Carlos Hidalgo says there are good reasons to believe the Castros will now try to undermine these reforms.
An End to the Counterproductive Cuban Embargo
President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will end its embargo with Cuba is welcome news according to Ian Vasquez, director of Cato's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.
Consumer Credit and the American Economy
Do consumers carry higher credit balances than in years past and do they abuse credit now more than ever? Todd Zywicki, coauthor of Consumer Credit and the American Economy, says no.
The Battle Ahead for Surveillance Reform
The next Congress presents a unique opportunity for surveillance reform, according to Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.). Opening the the Cato Institute's conference on surveillance last week, Massie discussed the legislative challenges and opportunities.
Prospects for Surveillance Reform in 2015
Amendments to reform NSA surveillance powers have narrowly failed in the last two years. U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is confident the next Congress will be more supportive of reform efforts.
Pessimism and Human Progress
Pessimism is rampant despite great progress in human flourishing. Steven Pinker discusses reasons why and the implications.
Revelations of CIA-led Torture Should Mean Reform
Revelations in a new Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA-led torture detail an agency that acted without specific authority and misled its own overseers. Patrick G. Eddington comments on the new report.
The Road from Lima on Climate Change
The climate change talks in Peru are much like those held each December: lofty rhetoric and limited prospects for a global agreement on climate change. Patrick J. Michaels comments.
Details Imminent on Bush-Era CIA Torture
The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to soon release details about CIA-led torture during the George W. Bush White House. Patrick Eddington comments.
A Needed Debate over Iraq, Syria
The uncertain march to war in Iraq and Syria continues. Christopher Preble comments on John Kerry's testimony and the dubious authority underlying the President's war plans.
Europe's Beleaguered Banks and Economic Recovery
Europe's banks have been pushed around by regulators, leading to shrinking credit for businesses and a weaker economy. Steve Hanke explains.
Agreeable Immigration Reform for Obama and the GOP
There are immigration reforms that the President and the incoming Congress can agree to implement. Alex Nowrasteh explains.
Mayday PAC's Missteps
Lawrence Lessig's Mayday PAC was supposed to bring about the end of superPACs. Instead, it may have violated some of the least complicated elements of campaign finance regulation. David Keating of theCenter for Competitive Politicscomments.
Key Insights of Public Choice Thinking
Public choice economics came at a critical time, when trust in government was increasing. The insights of that field should make us all less trusting of broad governmental solutions, according to Don Boudreaux. "Why Government Fails and Why Ideas...
Obamacare's Calorie Count Mandate
Another hidden gift inside the Affordable Care Act: mandatory calorie labeling for many restaurant menus. Walter Olson comments on the complications and potential unintended consequences of such a mandate.
The Tyranny of Silence
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad nine years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. Flemming Rose is author of The Tyranny of Silence.The Tyranny...
The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
Fossil fuels have driven human progress and dramatically reduced grinding poverty, says Alex Epstein. That's a hard pill for many people to swallow.
Surveillance Vote in the Senate
A somewhat surprising vote in the U.S. Senate on reining in surveillance authorities. Patrick Eddington argues that the struggle for oversight of the National Security Agency continues.
A Surprise Presidential Win in Romania
A surprise win for Klaus Johannis should signal optimism in the European Union, says Dalibor Rohac.
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