David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in both the Institute’s development and the growth of the American libertarian movement at large. Prior to joining Cato in 1981, he served as editor of New Guard magazine and executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy.
In 1993, Boaz co-edited Market Liberalism: A Paradigm for the 21st Century with Edward H. Crane, president of the Cato Institute. His own work, Libertarianism: A Primer was published in 1997. That same year, The Libertarian Reader, which Boaz edited, was published. Boaz co-edited the 2003 Cato Handbook for Congress and the 2005 Cato Handbook on Policy. His book, The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties, came out in 2008.
Boaz often appears in the media to discuss such issues as education choice, the growth of government, the ownership society, drug legalization, and the rise of libertarianism.
The Libertarian Mind is an updated edition of David Boaz’s classic book Libertarianism: A Primer. It will be available February 2015.
David Boaz speaks about the current “libertarian moment” and what it means to be a libertarian at the 2015 International Students for Liberty Conference.
Boaz presents the libertarian position - strong property rights, respect for the rule of law, and dedication to keeping the coercive power of government in check.
David Boaz speaks about what it means to be a libertarian and shares what he considers to be the two greatest achievements of libertarianism.
In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.
David Boaz highlights movies with strong themes of liberty.
In this video from 1991, David Boaz speaks about public schooling at a Libertarian Party of California conference.
Libertarianism—the philosophy of personal and economic freedom—has deep roots in Western civilization and in American history, and it’s growing stronger.
Boaz introduces the fundamental principles of libertarians.
Boaz rails against the “cartoonish misrepresentation” of libertarianism in pop culture.
Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.
Boaz combats the pessimistic view that our freedom is declining, arguing that, in many ways, we are more free.
In response to the criticism that libertarians tend to be a somewhat pessimistic lot, Boaz explores the optimistic side of the growth of freedom.
Boaz singles out freedom of choice as the fundamental difference between libertarian and conservative viewpoints.