David Boaz, Cato Institute

David Boaz

Cato Institute

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Past articles by David:

Fact Check: Yes, There Are Economists against Biden's $1.9 Trillion Plan

President Biden says that “every single major economist” supports his American Rescue Plan. That is not even close to true. → Read More

The Feds' Sorry Record on COVID-19

Journalists have provided powerful indictments of the federal government’s Covid response, confirming long‐​standing libertarian critiques of government bureaucracy. → Read More

Tech Companies Face the Mikulski Principle

State lawmakers are greedily eyeing the profits of tech companies, operating on the principle of “let’s go and get it from those who’ve got it.” → Read More

How Is Biden's Covid Relief Bill like the Patriot Act?

President Biden is being warned not to overreach with his Covid relief plan, which is far bigger than necessary, with extraneous measures that should be considered separately. → Read More

Pro-Trump Rioters Storm the Capitol

Pro‐​Trump forces hoping to overturn the 2020 presidential election broke police barricades, broke windows to enter the Capitol, entered members offices, and looted. David Boaz comments on how the conservative movement ended up here. → Read More

The Books We Read in 2020

Cato scholars recommend some of the best books they read in 2020. → Read More

Did the Libertarians Spoil the Election?

Polls show that votes for the Libertarian presidential candidate would have been split if there had been only two candidates, so Jo Jorgensen did not “spoil” the election for either Biden or Trump. → Read More

The Census Is Too Intrusive

The Constitution authorizes the federal government to conduct an “actual enumeration” of Americans, not to ask about our race, income, and other personal characteristics. → Read More

Pizza Democracy

Letting customers vote on whether a pizzeria should sell a pineapple pizza is importing the dysfunction of political decision making into the normal individualist functioning of the marketplace. → Read More

Ethics of Progress (with Jason Crawford)

If progress had to be invented, then it can be halted too. → Read More

The Importance of History

Boaz highlights how history shapes our view of the present and stresses the necessity of looking back to the Founding Fathers to learn what makes America great. → Read More

Voters Like Benefits But Don't Like Paying for Them

Americans often tell pollsters they support some government program, then change their minds if they’re told what the cost would be. → Read More

What to Be Thankful For

Americans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day, such as the rule of law, free markets, equality under the law, freedom of speech and religion, self‐​government, and the progress they generate. → Read More

The Conquest of the United States by China

Will we fight a trade war with China only to discover that through protectionism, subsidies, government pressure on firms, and erosion of the rule of law we have become more like China? → Read More

What is Libertarianism?

The fundamentals of the theory of liberty. → Read More

Lee Iacocca, RIP

Lee Iacocca saved Chrysler by getting the taxpayers to bail out the failing company, a milestone on the road to popular acceptance of corporate bailouts. → Read More

Bipartisanship Means Spending Taxpayers' Money

Bipartisanship is typically a conspiracy against the taxpayers. Here’s the latest example. → Read More

How Washington power might corrupt Google

When businesses spends their energy seeking favor from government, consumers lose out. → Read More

Bill de Blasio is America's Marxist mayor

While the nation obsesses over the right wing extremists, the mayor of New York says he'd like to do away with private property. → Read More

The Twelve-Year Sentence: Introduction

“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.” → Read More