A key figure in the libertarian movement, Boaz surveys what he sees as the threats to freedom from the Bush administration and the current presidential candidates.
Though he is frustrated with many of the candidates' positions, he remains optimistic about the future of civil and economic liberties.
But he says that the future of freedom requires that Americans devote considerable effort to preserving and protecting these rights- The Commonwealth Club of California
Cato's executive vice president David Boaz has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism.
He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as "a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas," the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook on Policy.
Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate.
He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher", CNN's "Crossfire", NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "All Things Considered", "John McLaughlin's One on One", Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.
Starting with Chapter 4, the Historical Look at Freedom, this presentation was actually very uplifting and not cynical or paranoid at all. I'm thinking Glyph may have stopped watching at Chapter 3. My favorite part is the story about Clarence Thomas visiting Cato and putting them in their place. :-)