The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
Surveillance Vote in the Senate11/21/14
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.
1921: The Crash That Cured Itself
Before the Great Depression, there was the Great Forgotten Depression. It's worth remembering, says author James Grant. The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself
Executive Action Looming on Immigration
President Obama may move soon to begin delaying deportations among other immigration reforms. Members of Congress have vowed a fight. Alex Nowrasteh evaluates the President's options.
The Evolution of Bootleggers and Baptists
In some modern industries, it's hard to separate the bootlegger from the baptist. Adam Smith, coauthor of Bootleggers and Baptists, says the marijuana industry offers some interesting case studies.
Surveillance and the New Congress
How will the new Congress deal with surveillance issues? Cato's Patrick G. Eddington is optimistic.
Net Neutrality, Obama and Oatmeal
Should the market for telecommunication services be treated like your old rotary dial phone? Berin Szoka with TechFreedom comments.
Gambia Arrests Libertarian Student Leader
Sait Matty Jaw is a lecturer at the University of the Gambia. He has not been seen since his arrest by the government's secret police last week. Casey Given from Students for Liberty provides an update.
The Unfortunate Future of Bitcoin
Kevin Dowd, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, is not high on bitcoin. He considers the cryptocurrency a "sell" in its present incarnation. He spoke at the Cato Institute's32nd Annual Monetary Conference.
The Police, the Public and the War on Drugs
The War on Drugs has devalued discretion for police officers. Neill Franklin of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition comments.
How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life
Adam Smith's other book,The Theory of Moral Sentiments, is often neglected. Author and economist Russ Roberts says it's an important and valuable guide to important parts of our lives. His new book isHow Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected...
Cato Connects: Election 2014
Cato's David Boaz and John Samples evaluate the 2014 elections and prospects for a more libertarian public policy in the coming years.
The Morality and Pragmatism of Voting
Voting is a more complicated and morally questionable endeavor than merely "making your voice heard."Aaron Powellexplains.
The Long War for the Supreme Court
In his new book, Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court, Damon Root traces the libertarian approach to the proper role of government under the Constitution.
Obamacare and Pruitt v. Burwell
The latest round of lawsuits surrounding the Affordable Care Act ask that the law be implemented as written. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt discusses his lawsuit.Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is ObamaCare Once Again Headed to the Supreme...
The Cronyism of 'Certificate of Need' Laws
Certificate of need laws give incumbent businesses the ability to veto their competition. Matthew Mitchell of the Mercatus Center explores the history and economics of these laws.
The Ill-Defined Crime of 'Structuring'
The IRS is seizing the assets of business people, but then won't file criminal charges. Larry Salzman from the Institute for Justice is taking the agency to court.
Rand Paul's 'Conservative Realism'
Rand Paul seeks to separate himself from other Republicans (and Hillary Clinton) by offering restraint as a value in American foreign policy. Christopher A. Preble comments.
Cybersecurity Threats and Hysteria
The threats to law enforcement posed by strong encryption seem to be at odds with the benefits encryption provides against threats to cybersecurity. Julian Sanchez comments.
Liberalism, Libertarianism, Socialism and Conservatism
The intellectual traditions of conservatism and socialism, oddly enough, owe much to classical liberalism. So says Brian Doherty, author of Radicals for Capitalism. He spoke at this year's Cato University.
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