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Jun132013

CEI Today: Libertarian government, Julian L. Simon Award, and passenger rail problems

LIBERTARIAN GOVERNMENT  

What Would Libertarian Government Look Like? CEI Offers Some Steps to Find Out

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote in a recent column that if true small-government, libertarian policies are the best way to organize society, then why doesn’t a single country on Earth embrace this framework.


At the Competitive Enterprise Institute, we say, “Let’s give it a try.” How about, as we survey a country in which the IRS is targeting right-of-center groups, the National Security Agency is monitoring our phone calls and the government is tapping phone lines of reporters, we stop and consider a few steps to reduce the size, cost and scope of government?


CEI lays out a few such steps in Avoiding the Regulatory Cliff: A Bipartisan Agenda to Restore Limited Government and Revive America’s Economy. > Read more

 

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JULIAN L. SIMON MEMORIAL AWARD

Scholar Awarded Julian L. Simon Memorial Award for Moral, Historical Defense of Freedom


CEI is pleased to announce that Deidre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the recipient of CEI’s prestigious Julian L. Simon Memorial Award. McCloskey’s groundbreaking scholarly work has focused on historical analysis of the factors that led to advancement in human achievement and prosperity.

The award will be presented at
CEI's annual gala dinner, June 20, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Previous award recipients include Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic and "Skeptical Environmentalist" Bjørn Lomborg. > Read more


> Follow Deirdre McCloskey on Twitter

OVER-REGULATED RAIL  - MARC SCRIBNER

WRVA: How to Boost Rail in the US

If passenger trains are ever to attract ridership and become a viable part of the country’s transportation mix again, it is vital that operators have access to the best practices and the best, most cost effective trains available. Yet presently, American passenger railways are forbidden from purchasing trains inthe most cost-effective manner possible. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has strict crash safety regulations for passenger railcars which trains in Europe—where passenger rail is well established and remarkably safe—do not have to meet. > Listen to the interview on WRVA

> Read the study

 

 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL

 


cei.org/ceidinner

 

   

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

JUNE 17 EVENT

What Should Congress Do about Cell Phone Unlocking?

Should copyright law stop you from unlocking your cell phone? Join TechFreedom and CEI on June 17 for a lunch discussion. Opening remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. 

> RSVP

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 


This year marks the publication of the 20th anniversary edition of the CEI’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state, Ten Thousand Commandments.  cei.org/10kc

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> See also: Wall Street Journal editorial, Red Tape Record Breakers

 





 

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