Caleb O. Brown, Cato Institute

Caleb O. Brown

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Past articles by Caleb:

Trump Is No Longer in Office, So Why Put Him on Trial?

The U.S. Senate is awaiting an article of impeachment from the House regarding Donald Trump’s activities leading up to a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. Why should the Senate proceed with a trial for a president who has already left office? Gene Healy offers his thoughts. → 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

Regulating Cannabis in 2021

Cannabis descheduling at the federal level had a brief moment this year, but ultimately it didn’t happen. What does next year hold for continuing the trend toward decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis? Trevor Burrus explains. → Read More

Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy

How did the U.S. go from skepticism of foreign entanglements to setting the stage for its role as a dominant global power? Stephen Wertheim explains in Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy. → Read More

The Radio Right: How a Band of Broadcasters Took on the Federal Government and Built the Modern Conservative Movement

How did the feds use broadcast regulation to stymie right‐​wing radio? Paul Matzko tells the tale in The Radio Right: How a Band of Broadcasters Took on the Federal Government and Built the Modern Conservative Movement. → Read More

A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution

Was the Constitution an anti‐​slavery document or a “covenant with death”? Damon Root explores the struggle through the eyes of Frederick Douglass in his new book, A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution. → Read More

Election 2020 and the Virtues of Divided Government

The news of this election and who controls what levers of federal power is a mixed bag, but divided government might be one bright spot for libertarians. Political strategist Liz Mair makes her case. → Read More

Helicopter Money and Federal Reserve Performance in a Pandemic Recession

Helicopter money – money dropped on various recipients by the Federal Reserve with no expectation of repayment – sounds like a great way to lever‐​up the economy. Is it? George Selgin details his new Pandemics and Policy essay. → Read More

Property Rights and Drilling in the American Arctic

What’s the impact of drilling in the American Arctic? How could the process have been undertaken to give environmentalists a chance to bid on oil leases? Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center explains why property rights should be viewed as a key component to both energy production and wildlife conservation. → Read More

Will Democrats or Republicans Contest the 2020 Election Outcome?

Will the 2020 election be contested no matter which candidate for the White House wins? J.D. Tucille of Reason explains why he believes it’s a distinct possibility, and why he believes it would harm the legitimacy of celebrated American institutions. → Read More

Deregulating Housing or "Destroying" the Suburbs?

President Trump fears that a President Biden would “destroy” the suburbs of the United States. How true is that? Nolan Gray of the Mercatus Center discusses the federal role in local housing and zoning decisions. → Read More

Understanding Federal Police Surges in American Cities

Featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Walter Olson, and Caleb O. Brown → Read More

SCOTUS: States May Punish "Faithless" Electors

The Supreme Court vigorously agrees that states may fine or otherwise punish Electoral College electors who “go rogue.” The court added that there are limits to the restrictions. Walter Olson comments on the context and history of the decision. → Read More

High Court Rejects Qualified Immunity Challenges

The Supreme Court has swept away all current challenges to qualified immunity, effectively keeping the doctrine’s attendant problems alive for the time being. Cato’s Jay Schweikert calls the decision a “dereliction of duty.” He and Cato’s Clark Neily comment on what can and should come next. → Read More

Was the Warrant That Ended in Breonna Taylor's Death Illegal?

The police killing of 26‐​year‐​old EMT Breonna Taylor has rocked Louisville, Kentucky. Radley Balko argues that the warrant used to enter her home was illegal. Louisville has since banned the use of no‐​knock warrants. → Read More

Asserting the Right to Know Your COVID-19 Status

The right to know your own health status is no less important in a pandemic, and yet pre‐​emptive prohibitions on some kinds of tests can prevent you from exercising that right. Jeff Singer comments. → Read More

We Are All Homeschoolers Now

Related Event Live Webcast • March 26, 2020 • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT With over 300 million students worldwide not attending school due to quarantines, coronavirus is significantly changing how we learn. While millions of families are already familiar with learning outside the school walls, we have assembled a panel of homeschooling and education policy experts to provide advice informed by… → Read More

Understanding Models of Legal Sex Work

Sex work only legal in parts of Nevada, and there it is highly restricted. What are some of the other models for legal sex work, and which models best respect the individuals involved? Kaytlin Bailey is with Decriminalize Sex Work. → Read More

Easy State-Level Immigration Fixes

There’s no reason states have to abide all of the federal restrictions on immigration. In fact, there are many policies states and localities can adopt to make immigrants welcome. Josh Smith with the Center for Growth and Opportunity comments. → Read More

What Do Democrats Running for President Want from Criminal Justice Reform?

A few Democratic candidates running for President have flagged the police protection known as qualified immunity as worthy of reform. Clark Neily discusses the various criminal justice proposals offered by Democratic White House hopefuls. → Read More