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David Boaz (2015)

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute, an American libertarian think tank. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, published in 1997 by the Free Press and described in the Los Angeles Times as "a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas." He is also the editor of The Libertarian Reader and co-editor of the Cato Handbook for Congress and the Cato Handbook on Policy. He frequently discusses such topics as education choice, the growth of government, the ownership society, his support of drug legalization, and the rise of libertarianism on national television and radio shows. Boaz's 1988 The New York Times op-ed on the high cost of the drug war generated much debate over the decriminalization of drugs. His articles have also been published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate. He has appeared on ABC's Politically Incorrect, CNN's Crossfire, NPR's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

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EDIT: Thanks for tuning in. I enjoyed chatting with all of you! Follow me on Twitter at @David_Boaz and let's keep up the conversation.

I hope you will check out a copy of my new book and let me know what you think on Twitter using #LibertarianMind. Amazon and Simon & Schuster are out of stock, but you can find it at http://www.cato.org/libertarianmind.

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Hi Reddit.

I am David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute—one of the oldest and most well-established libertarian think tanks in the world.

You may have seen me on TV or in the news speaking about domestic policy and the rise of libertarianism. I am author of several books which are credited with introducing the philosophy of libertarianism to mainstream America, including the famous “Libertarianism: A Primer.” I even wrote the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on libertarianism!

Over the course of my career, I have played a key role in the development of both the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement at large, and have seen how the ideas of liberty can shape politics and civil society.

Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the campaigns
of Ron Paul and Rand Paul, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses have pushed millions more Americans in a libertarian direction—what, just last year, the New York Times called America’s “Libertarian Moment.”

My new book, “The Libertarian Mind,” is an updated take on “Libertarianism: A Primer,” rife with new information on the threat of government surveillance; the policies that led up to and stemmed from the 2008 financial crisis; corruption in Washington; and the unsustainable welfare state—the ultimate resource for the current, burgeoning libertarian movement.

It only officially hit shelves today and both Amazon and my publisher, Simon & Schuster, are already out of stock! Luckily, you can still get a copy at

Here I am: http://instagram.com/p/y8XYa9FLbz/?modal=true Ask me anything.

David Boaz Feb 11, 2015