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Flemming Rose: Winner of the 2016 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty

The Cato Institute is pleased to announce that Flemming Rose, Danish journalist and author of The Tyranny of Silence, will receive the 2016 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, a $250,000 biennial award presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to advance human freedom. In 2005, Rose, then an editor at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, sparked worldwide controversy when he commissioned and published 12 cartoons meant to depict the prophet Muhammad. The illustrations, intended to draw attention to the issue of self-censorship and the threat that intimidation poses to free speech, provoked deadly chaos in the Islamic world and put Rose in the center of a global debate about the limits to free speech in the 21st century.

“Flemming Rose is a compelling recipient of the Friedman Prize, exhibiting great courage in his passionate defense for free speech,” said Cato CEO Peter Goettler. “Flemming understands that the freedom of expression and speech is fundamental to the advancement of civilization and is critical in protecting the values of liberty and limited government.”

A Walk Through the JOBS Act of 2012: Deregulation in the Wake of Financial Crisis

In 2011, on the heels of the financial crisis and after passing the behemoth known as the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress did something unexpected: it passed, with wide bipartisan support, a piece of legislation that rolls back regulation of the financial sector. In early 2012 President Obama signed it into law. In a new paper, Cato scholar Thaya Brook Knight says that the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), while not perfect, provides a useful template for how regulators can work to accommodate regulation to the needs of the market instead of the other way around.

Who Was the Real Adam Smith?

What can a man with a plain name who lived over 200 years ago tell us about life today? Who was The Real Adam Smith? And why should we care? In a new two-hour, two-part documentary currently airing on PBS stations – check your local listings! – Swedish author and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explores Adam Smith’s life, his ideas about morality and economics, and how the concepts he discussed in his books and lectures are still relevant today.


Donald Trump Dismisses U.S. Foreign Policy Elite: Would He Save Americans from Unnecessary War?
By Doug Bandow. Forbes. May 16, 2016.

Denmark Sacrifices Free Speech in the Name of Fighting Terror
By Flemming Rose. Politico. May 12, 2016.

What We Do in Puerto Rico Sets a Precedent, Like It or Not
By Ike Brannon. The Hill (Online). May 5, 2016.

When It Comes to Politics, Corruption Is Subtler Than You Think
By Trevor Burrus. Washington Post. May 3, 2016.

President Obama’s Legacy Is Endless War
By Gene Healy. TIME. April 30, 2016.

Forget June. The Fed Isn’t Likely to Hike Interest Rates until December
By Gerald P. O'Driscoll Jr. April 27, 2016.

One Year After: Freddie Gray and ‘Structural Statism’
By Steve H. Hanke and Stephen J.K. Walters. Investor's Business Daily. April 22, 2016.

The U.S. Might Be Better Off Cutting Ties with Saudi Arabia
By Emma Ashford. TIME. April 22, 2016.

Centrally Planned Energy: Bad for the Economy, Bad for the Environment
By Jason Scott Johnston. The National Interest (Online). April 21, 2016.

Save the Polar Bears? They’re Fine, Actually
By Patrick J. Michaels. Huffington Post. April 21, 2016.

Policy Studies

Economic Policy Uncertainty and the Credit Channel in the United States: Evidence over Several Decades
By Michael D. Bordo, John V. Duca, and Christoffer Koch. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 51. May 11, 2016.

A Walk Through the JOBS Act of 2012: Deregulation in the Wake of Financial Crisis
By Thaya Brook Knight. Policy Analysis No. 790. May 3, 2016.

Marginal Tax Rates and Income New Time Series Evidence
By Karel Mertens. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 50. April 27, 2016.

Beyond the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act: Congress Should Get More Serious about Tariff Reform
By Daniel J. Ikenson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 67. April 26, 2016.

Cato at Liberty Blog

Memorial Day Thoughts by David Boaz, May 24, 2019

Four Missing Components from Kushner’s Merit-Based Immigration Reform by Alex Nowrasteh, May 23, 2019

Most Canadian Immigrants Are Not Economic Immigrants, they are Family-Based Immigrants by Alex Nowrasteh, May 23, 2019

New Report Exposes Jones Act's Flaws by Colin Grabow, May 23, 2019

What Factors Should an Immigration Points System Include? by David Bier, May 23, 2019

Recent Videos

The Economics of Immigration (Benjamin Powell) February 11, 2016

What the President Should Do: Federal Pardons February 10, 2016

What the President Should Do: Transparent Government February 7, 2016

What the President Should Do: Government Surveillance February 6, 2016

What the President Should Do: Declassify Marijuana February 3, 2016

Latest Podcasts

New York City Takes a Gun Restriction to the Supreme Court featuring Caleb O. Brown, Matthew Larosiere, May 23, 2019

Sweeping Executive Privilege vs. Congressional Subpoenas featuring Gene Healy, Caleb O. Brown, May 22, 2019

Feds Should End Aid to States featuring Chris Edwards, Caleb O. Brown, May 21, 2019

Neoliberalism 101 featuring Caleb O. Brown, Jeremiah Johnson, May 17, 2019

How Congress Could Legalize Immigrants featuring Caleb O. Brown, Alex Nowrasteh, David Bier, May 17, 2019

Public Filings

Salman v. United States
By Thaya Brook Knight and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. May 13, 2016.

Romanoff Equities, Inc. v. United States
By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Frank Garrison. Legal Briefs. May 5, 2016.

Delaware Strong Families v. Denn
By Trevor Burrus, Ilya Shapiro, Paul Avelar, Paul Sherman, & Dana Berliner. Legal Briefs. May 2, 2016.

Timbervest, LLC v. Securities & Exchange Commission
By Ilya Shapiro and Thaya Brook Knight. Legal Briefs. April 29, 2016.

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley
By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Jayme Weber. Legal Briefs. April 21, 2016.

Latest Books

Cornerstone of Liberty
By Timothy Sandefur and Christina Sandefur

Published in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kelo v. New London, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America made a powerful contribution to the firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. Now in its second edition, Cornerstone of Liberty has been fully updated by authors Timothy and Christina Sandefur, and examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005. Through a combination of real-life stories and solid legal analysis, the authors explain how key issues like eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, and environmental protection regulations have evolved and how they should be reformed. Brand new topics, such as the sharing economy and the Koontz case, are popular, timely, and addressed by the authors in this revised edition. This book shows why the right to ownership is one of the most essential of human rights, how that right is protected in the U.S. Constitution, and how ordinary property owners can help rein in government violations of private property rights.
Political Philosophy
By Jason Brennan

Most political debate is superficial. Just turn on cable news. Philosophy is for people who want to understand the deep questions. The goal of political philosophy is to determine the standards by which we judge different institutions good or bad, just or unjust.

Some people might think they don’t have much need of political philosophy: “Who cares about wishy-washy obtuse notions of justice? I’m a pragmatist. I just want to know what works.” But this isn’t a way of avoiding political philosophy; it’s a way of being dogmatic about it. Before we can just do “what works,” we have to know what counts as working.

This book serves as an introduction to some of the major theories of justice, to the arguments philosophers have made for and against these theories, and, ultimately, to how to be more thoughtful and rigorous in your own thinking.

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. Knappenberger

With December’s U.N. Paris Climate Conference in the headlines, it has become increasingly difficult to differentiate the climate science from the rhetoric. In Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, two environmental scientists with over a half century of experience between them explain the science and spin behind the headlines and come to a provocative conclusion: climate change is real, and partially man-made, but it is becoming obvious that far more warming has been forecast than is going to occur, and some of the catastrophic impacts can be shown to be implausible or impossible. Global warming is more lukewarm than hot. This fresh analysis is engaging and enlightening to readers of all backgrounds, and provides an invaluable briefing to those looking to be more informed citizens.
Reviving Economic Growth
Edited by Brink Lindsey

If you could wave a magic wand and make one or two policy or institutional changes to brighten the U.S. economy’s long-term growth prospects, what would you change and why? That was the question asked to the 51 contributors to this volume. These essays originally appeared in conjunction with a conference on the future of U.S. economic growth held at the Cato Institute in December 2014.

Now in its 14th year, this acclaimed annual publication brings together leading legal scholars to analyze the most important cases of the Court's most recent term and preview the year ahead. It is the first scholarly review to appear after the term's end and the only one to critique the court from a Madisonian perspective. This year's Review looks at the Supreme Court's recent decisions involving tax credits available to individuals who purchase health insurance on the federal exchange (King v. Burwell), the Fourteenth Amendment and same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), religious accommodation, racial discrimination, property rights, environment regulation, and more.

Upcoming Cato Events:

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“A Loaded Weapon”: The Growth of Executive Power
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May 25, 2016
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June 6, 2016
Futures Unbound: The Cato Summit on Financial Regulation
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June 14, 2016
Protecting Religious Liberty

June 16, 2016
The Case for Restraint in U.S. Foreign Policy

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