Our Freedom to Trade Expanded in 2011

The news right now is full of retrospective stories about 2011. Not to be left out, here are a few observations on the real if modest progress made in 2011 to expand the freedom of Americans to trade in the global economy. (I’ll add links along the way to related Cato work.) After four years […]

Our Freedom to Trade Expanded in 2011 is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Obama Has United the World … in Opposition to Bad U.S. Tax Policy

Last year, I came up with a saying that “Bad Government Policy Begets More Bad Government Policy” and labeled it “Mitchell’s Law” during a bout of narcissism. There are lots of examples of this phenomenon, such as the misguided War on Drugs being a precursor to intrusive, costly, and ineffective money laundering policies. Or how […]

Obama Has United the World … in Opposition to Bad U.S. Tax Policy is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

The Ever-Expanding Federal Reserve

Two Cato scholars have offered devastating critiques of the Federal Reserve in the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal over the last two days. This morning, in “The Fed’s Mission Impossible,” adjunct scholar John Cochrane takes a look at the latest list of bank regulations under Dodd-Frank. Although the proposal “opens with an eloquent ode to […]

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For Your Leftie friends, Simon Johnson Podcast on the Financial Crisis

As much as I have trouble believing it, there seems to be a portion of the public that will immediately dismiss anything Cato has to say on the financial crisis.  So as much as I try to reach anyone willing to listen, there are just many unwilling to do so.  Given the importance of understanding […]

For Your Leftie friends, Simon Johnson Podcast on the Financial Crisis is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Whatever the Role of Fannie and Freddie in the Financial Crisis, They Need to Go

By Mark A. Calabria

Recent actions against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also produced the standard reaction by GSE apologists.  The New York Times’ Joe Nocera was quick to denounce the SEC, arguing that Fannie and Freddie were late to subprime.  While I agree that the SEC case is likely a weak one, that, however, […]

Whatever the Role of Fannie and Freddie in the Financial Crisis, They Need to Go is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, Gingrich Division

Roger Pilon has been doing good, quick work on New Gingrich’s pronouncements on the role of the judiciary in interpreting the Constitution. (Roger read Newt’s 54-page “white paper” so you don’t have to!) I have nothing to add to that assessment of the former House Speaker’s legally questionable and politically unwise views. Instead, I want to share a […]

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, Gingrich Division is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, Gingrich Division

Roger Pilon has been doing good, quick work on New Gingrich’s pronouncements on the role of the judiciary in interpreting the Constitution. (Roger read Newt’s 54-page “white paper” so you don’t have to!) I have nothing to add to that assessment of the former House Speaker’s legally questionable and politically unwise views. Instead, I want to share a […]

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, Gingrich Division is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, Gingrich Division

Roger Pilon has been doing good, quick work on New Gingrich’s pronouncements on the role of the judiciary in interpreting the Constitution. (Roger read Newt’s 54-page “white paper” so you don’t have to!) I have nothing to add to that assessment of the former House Speaker’s legally questionable and politically unwise views. Instead, I want to share a […]

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, Gingrich Division is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Solar Panel Case Shines Light on the Imperative of U.S. Trade Law Reform

Earlier this year, the Cato Institute published this paper, which describes the self-flagellating nature of the U.S. antidumping law. Nearly 80 percent of all U.S. antidumping measures imposed between 2000 and 2009 (130 of 164 measures) restrict imports of intermediate goods—inputs required by U.S. producers for their own production processes. Antidumping duties on magnesium, polyvinyl […]

Solar Panel Case Shines Light on the Imperative of U.S. Trade Law Reform is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Withholding Scientific Data: Good Idea or Not?

By Jim Harper

Should information be withheld from academic journals because of the potential that it might fall into the hands of terrorists? The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) has asked the journals Science and Nature to keep certain details out of reports they intend to publish about experiments that produced a human-transmissible version of a […]

Withholding Scientific Data: Good Idea or Not? is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog