David Boaz

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader.

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. 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. The earlier edition of The Libertarian Mind, titled Libertarianism: A Primer, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas.” His other books include The Politics of Freedom and the Cato Handbook for Policymakers.


David Boaz's Articles

Woodstock: Sex, Drugs, Rock-and-Roll, and Capitalism

Woodstock is known as an epic celebration of sex, drugs, rock-and-roll. Fewer people see it as the entrepreneurial success it was. Elliot Tiber, creator of Woodstock, has left us a powerful legacy of entrepreneurship, hard-nosed negotiation, organization, and hard work.

- August 13, 2016

DC Administrator Expects Good Schools "Sometime in the Next 10 or 20 Years"

Can you imagine a private-company CEO promising that his company would be good at its core business “probably sometime in the next 10 or 20 years,” after his retirement?

- July 06, 2016

Flights to Cuba Now Departing (Bring Your Own Toilet Paper)

Toilet paper is a luxury of decadent Western capitalism; make sure to pack plenty of it.

- June 14, 2016

Skim Milk and the Trouble with Making Scientific Hypotheses into National Laws

Today’s scientific hypotheses may be wrong; better, then, not to make them law.

- April 19, 2016

How a Bill Becomes... a Way to Loot Taxpayers

In DC, it's about who you know and what the public doesn't know.

- April 03, 2016

Dear Media: Castro Is Not "President" of Anything

Raul Castro is a military dictator; journalists shouldn't sugarcoat this.


- March 21, 2016

The Sci-Fi Fantasy of Central Planning

Most of the great science fiction authors bought into the fantasy that state planning could deliver prosperity — at the cost of liberty. 

- December 28, 2015

Foreign Imports Are Good for Americans

Politicians's obsession with exports, industry, and "jobs" misses the bigger picture.

- November 17, 2015

Minimum Wage Hikes in Theory and Practice

CEOs and entrepreneurs who hire low-skill workers are a lot more confident than academic economists about what they'll do if the minimum wage doubles. 

- October 30, 2015

Government Gets Nutrition Wrong Over and Over Again

Today’s scientific hypotheses may be wrong. Better, then, not to make them law.

- October 08, 2015

It's Illegal to Sell Pot in DC, but Markets Find a Way

In DC, it's legal to grow and possess marijuana, but it's not legal to sell it. So how do people get it?

- September 15, 2015

Is the "Libertarian Moment" Over?

The impact of libertarian ideas and the sea-change in public opinion aren't going anywhere. 

- August 17, 2015

Martin O'Malley Got $147,000 in Speaking Fees from a Company He Gave Lucrative Government Contracts

In some countries, governors still get suitcases full of cash. Speaking fees are much more modern.

- July 22, 2015

What the French Revolution Means for Liberty

“The Bastille was the outward visible sign of lawless power.”

- July 14, 2015

Hillary Staffers Can't Afford New York's Government-Controlled Housing Market

Progressives have made their bed, but they can't afford to lie in it. 

- June 29, 2015

Scott Walker Defends the NBA Billionaire Welfare Train

The governor wants to give $250 million from taxpayers to billionaire NBA team owners for a new arena. It's not a good deal.

- June 09, 2015

Venezuela Runs Out of Toilet Paper, Achieves True Socialism

It's been said, "If you tried socialism in the Sahara, you'd get a shortage of sand."

- April 08, 2015

Venezuela Runs Out of Toilet Paper, Achieves True Socialism

It's been said, "If you tried socialism in the Sahara, you'd get a shortage of sand."

- April 08, 2015

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