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Alex Jones and the Bigger Questions of Internet Governance
Last week Facebook, Google, and Apple removed videos and podcasts by the prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms (Twitter did not). Their actions may have prompted increased downloads of Jones' Infowars app. Many people are deba...
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Preparing for Peace? Or Just More War?
In yesterday's Washington Post, George Will makes a familiar argument: "if you want peace, prepare for war." Drawing mostly on key episodes from the late Cold War period, Will suggests that Ronald Reagan's military buildup was instrumental to bringin...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Monday, August 13, 2018

Will Trump's Foreign Policy Matter for the Midterms?
In a recent piece at The Hill, I argue that Trump's terrible approval ratings for his handling of foreign policy will matter more than most people think. The basic argument consists of four points: 1. Trump has made foreign policy more important to A...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Friday, August 10, 2018

Demonizing Ride Hailing
Last week, a transportation consultant named Bruce Schaller published a report claiming that ride hailing was increasing traffic congestion. Since then, we've been innundated with wild claims Uber and Lyft were increasing traffic by 180 percent, and ...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Friday, August 10, 2018

Lighthouses in Economics
Tuesday was National Lighthouse Day and social media was abuzz highlighting lighthouses' beauty and their important role in navigation. On August 7, 1789, in one of its first actions, Congress approved an Act that established federal administration a...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Towards a New North American Free Trade Agreement (in Principle)
After a brief hiatus during the run up to the recent Mexican elections, negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are in the news again, with hints of an agreement by the end of August. We have heard talk of an imminent agreemen...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Release: Monetary Policy in an Uncertain World
Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis we are again facing the possibility of economic turmoil as the Fed and other central banks exit their unconventional monetary policies by raising interest rates and shrinking their balance sheets. Although ce...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Legislators Can Commit Property Rights Violations, Too
The Constitution's Taking Clause provides that government cannot conscript property to its own purposes without compensating the rightful owner for the value of what is taken. The most direct application of this principle is in cases of eminent domai...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Thursday, August 9, 2018

There Is More Than One Way to "Spin" a Stat
I recently wrote about how ideology and confirmation bias has infiltrated research into the opioid overdose issue. I spoke about how researchers can "spin" their findings to comport with the prevailing narrative and improve the likelihood of getting ...
Cato: Conservative Blog
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

No Jones Act Cost to Puerto Rico? I Have My Doubts
In a new op-ed I take issue Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) for his unstinting support of maritime special interests and the Jones Act at the expense of average Americans. Particularly egregious is Hunter's promotion of a recent report funded by a special ...
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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