Category Archives: Cato

Cato Institute holds symposium, “The Future of the First Amendment”

The Cato Institute held a day long symposium today, “The Future of the First Amendment” (aka “The Future of Free Speech”), with the details and program here.

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(Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10 PM EDT)

Cato Institute holds forum on teaching controversial subjects in public schools

The Cato Institute hosted a discussion “Teaching Kids Controversy: Education, Pluralism and Hot Topics” on May 15, 2017.  I was out of town, but I’ll link to the video as if I had been there.  Valerie Strauss, from the Washington Post, moderates. The link for the video is here.

Valerie Strauss from the Washington Post moderated.

Various ideas like “privileged topics” and the idea that most teachers are not really prepared to teach controversy were presented.

But in science, facts have to be taught, but so could opposing interpretations of facts, as was mentioned with climate change.

(Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:30 PM EDT)

Cato holds forum on Trump’s energy policy

The Cato Institute held a forum today, “Trump’s Energy Policy: Promise or Peril“.

The panel comprised Peter Russo moderating, with Robert L. Bradley. CEO and founder, Institute for Energy Research; Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director at the Brookings Institute, and Catrina Rorke, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, R Street Institute.

1  The first two clips are in response to my question on proposals by Taylor Wilson and others to decentralize power grids to make them more secure from terror attacks and solar storms.  The market mechanisms provide little support for what some homeland security analysts view as necessary.  I did mention his idea for small underground fission reactors, but there was no reaction.

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(Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:15 PM EST)

 

 

Cato free speech forum followup; “Putin-ville MD”

Here are some videos from a Cato Institute forum Feb. 3, “Will President Trump Threaten Free Speech?”  There are more details on a legacy blog here.

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Here are some videos from Centreville MD, “Putin-ville” (maybe “Doodyville 1955”), where Obama kicked the Russians out after the election. A lot of homes in the area are for sale.  Did Russians own them?  Also, there is surveying activity in the area near the Bay.  I’m not sure if the government is going to take over the estate by eminent domain and sell it to private developers. Trump-style (even though Trump has cozied up to Vladimir Putin).

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(Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:15 PM EST)

Cato forum today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”

The Cato Institute held a two-part panel today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”, link here gives the names of the speakers.

There was a presentation of a report “Stranger in my own Country: Populism and Nativism in America”.  The report had surveyed people near Pittsburgh and in Wilmington NC.  There is a general impression that Trump voters did feel left out in today’s world, and were inhibited from speaking their minds about old-fashioned values, which they see as local and related to faith and not as intrinsically hateful or discriminatory.  The subject of political correctness, identity politics, and campus speech codes came up. 

There was criticism of the extreme vetting and immigration suspensions being discussed now, as not likely to improve real security. 

Some survey respondents felt that Muslim immigrants did work hard but did not seem as interested in assimilating culturally as maybe was the case the past.

There was also mention of the danger of neglecting any working population too long;  history has shown that this can invite fascism and dictatorship.

In the reception afterward, I heard an account that refugee assimilation in Germany had generally gone well with few problems for hosts or volunteers, which contradicts other reports I had heard in September.

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(Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:15 PM EST)

Cato forum on “Men Without Work”

Today I attended a Cato book forum, about “Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis”, by Nicholas Eberstadt, from Templeton Press, from the American Enterprise Institute.

Davd Bier also spoke, about how immigrant males compare in workforce participation compared to naturally-born Americans.

Men with less education, and especially black men, and especially also men with some law enforcement problems, have shown a steady decline in employment, up to about 25% non-participation. The decline has been consistent during economic recoveries as well as declines (2008).

These are men who do not even look for work, but “watch”, on electronic devices, as if doing so were a fake job.  Some live at home with parents as adults.  They tend not to participate in childcare or volunteer work or chores.  They seem lazy.

Immigrant men do not show this problem as much.  Immigrant men (despite the “Trojan horse” issue) have lower crime rates than native men.  Men who are married with children are much less likely to remain idle.  The lecture did not address same-sex marriage, but presumably a male couple with children to raise would perform similarly to traditional couples.  Immigrant men are more likely to be married with kids and follow conventional gender roles more than native men.

Immigrant men are also more able to move around geographically, but this could mean lower home ownership rates.   In higher paying tech jobs, I would think that single men would be more geographically mobile.  When education level improves, the performance of single men starts to compare much better with married men.

 

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(Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:30 AM EST)