Cato Event Podcast

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Podcast of policy and book forums, Capitol Hill briefings and other events from the Cato Institute


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The digitalization of financial services has made banking and trading more convenient than ever. But laws that were written before the digital era now collect untold amounts of consumer data to which the government has easy—and often unfettered—access. Recent legislative attempts have sought to expand that access even more. Does financial convenience have to come at the cost of financial privacy? Can cryptocurrency provide better privacy protection? Is it time to rethink how financial privacy is treated in a digital era? Join us for an outstanding virtual program featuring Marta Belcher, Paul Belonick, Michael Mosier, and Jennifer Schulp to discuss …

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The United States remains the world’s dominant exporter of weapons. Between 2017–2021, the U.S. share of the global arms market was 108 percent greater than that of Russia, which is the second‐​largest exporter. Since 2009, the United States has approved more than $1 trillion in weapons sales and delivered roughly …
On March 26, 2020—two weeks after schools around the country were shuttered and suddenly almost everyone was receiving education at home—Cato convened an expert panel to give advice and answer questions about homeschooling. It is unlikely anyone who participated in that discussion expected we would still be dealing with school …
Public schooling, by forcing people with diverse values and needs to fund a single system of government schools, inevitably produces conflict. Such conflict has reached a fever pitch over the last several years, with Americans battling over critical race theory, LGBTQ issues, COVID-19 masking, and more. Logically, school choice would …
A generation ago, humanity witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disappearance of the Eastern European bloc, and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Many thought that the victory of liberal democracy and competitive enterprise over communism and central planning would usher in a lasting era of peace and …
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One in five of the 2.3 million incarcerated Americans are there for drug‐​related crimes, and they are disproportionately minorities. The war on drugs is an abject failure and must end. * [Watch the full event](https://www.cato.org/events/fresh-approaches-overdose-crisis) * * * See [acast.com/privacy](https://acast.com/privacy) for privacy and opt-out information.
American politics has moved beyond merely Team Blue and Team Red, or even tribal affiliations, and into an era of political sectarianism. In this webinar, the Cato Institute’s Gene Healy will discuss how polarization has taken on an element of the religious, the role of the executive branch in exacerbating …
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Please join us for a virtual policy conversation with Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire. In the past two years, Governor Sununu and the State of New Hampshire have topped Cato’s rankings for both our Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors and our recently released [ _Freedom in …
The United States is enamored with regime change. Washington has toppled more than 30 foreign leaders since the start of the 20th century, making it the world leader in regime change by a wide margin. Yet, as the U.S. experience in Afghanistan shows, regime change often has devastating unintended consequences. …
Toleration and religious freedom put an end to centuries of bloody conflict and persecution in Europe. But what gave rise to these ideas, and can they be found in other civilizations? In this Sphere Education Initiatives webinar, Mustafa Akyol will share the ideological foundations of religious freedom and assess the …
Since the program’s creation in 1965, Medicare has had a negative impact on health care quality. Researchers have documented widespread quality problems for decades, yet Congress and Medicare administrators have failed to enact meaningful reform. Medicare’s negative impact on quality should give even the staunchest Medicare for All advocates pause. …
About $29 trillion of federal debt. Trillions more in proposed spending by Congress. Every day features more news stories about federal debt and spending. Are we in a spending and debt crisis? Join us for a conversation with three policy experts to learn the facts about the current situation and …
Cryptocurrency regulation sits at the intersection of multiple regulatory regimes, and both financial market regulators and banking regulators, among many others, have asserted authority over certain aspects of crypto regulation. This has resulted in an overlapping and incomplete regulatory framework that has drawn criticism from both proponents and skeptics of …