Are Libertarians Anti-Government?

by DAVID BOAZ JULY 1, 1998 For the past several years, especially since the Oklahoma City bombing, the national media have focused a lot of attention on “antigovernment” extremists. Libertarians, who are critical of a great deal that government does, have unfortunately but perhaps understandably been tossed into the “anti-government” camp by many journalists. There are […]

Rights and Responsibilities

by DAVID BOAZ JANUARY 1, 1994 A journalist asked me recently what I thought of a proposal of self-styled communitarians to “suspend for a while the minting of new rights.” How many ways, I thought, does that get it wrong? Communitarians seem to see rights as little boxes; when you have too many, the room gets […]

Top 10 Ways to Talk about Libertarianism

By David Boaz I give a lot of speeches and interviews about libertarianism. Often I have to begin simply by explaining what libertarianism is. Always I’m looking for effective ways to convey the essential libertarian ideas. So today I’m just setting out very briefly my Top 10 Ways to Talk about Libertarianism. 10. When I talk in […]

Where to Cut Spending? Start Here

By David Boaz This article appeared in Orange County Register on February 1, 2013.   President Barack Obama and Congress bravely led the country back from the fiscal cliff — by putting the government squarely on a path toward another series of fiscal stare-downs beginning in March. Oddly absent from this continual game of kick-the-can are concrete ideas […]

The Libertarian State of the Union

January 2013 Featuring David Boaz, Executive Vice President, Cato Institute; Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review, Cato Institute; Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Laura Odato, Director of Government Affairs, Cato Institute. Following a status quo […]

Libertarianism: A Primer

“Libertarianism: A Primer is a bracing shot of 100-proof libertarianism guaranteed to render mute the last defenders of big, paternalistic government. With plain-spoken eloquence, David Boaz unveils a vision of America that has at its core an abiding respect for personal liberty and freedom writ large.” —WILLIAM F. WELD, MASSACHUSETTS “America is a country full of people who […]