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Gene Healy

Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute. His research interests include executive power and the role of the presidency, as well as federalism and overcriminalization. He is the author of False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the PresidencyThe Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, and the editor of Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything.

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Understanding Impeachment (with Gene Healy)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, John Samples, and Gene Healy on Oct 26, 2018

Gene Healy joins us to discuss the concept of impeachment, from its’ origin to its’ impracticality in our polarized political climate. 

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the George H.W. Bush Administration

by Gene Healy on Aug 27, 2019

Hailed at his passing as “the most successful one-term president in the nation’s history,” George H.W. Bush has a far better claim to being the most destructive.

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Drug Prohibition

by Gene Healy on Aug 15, 2008

Drug prohibition, or the criminalization and restriction of certain substances, has harmful effects to the economy and to human liberty and wellbeing.

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War Powers

by Gene Healy on Aug 15, 2008

The dangers of war make it necessary to prevent hasty entry to war. It should be worrying, therefore, that controls on executive war-making have waned.

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Trump the Decider

by Gene Healy on Jan 29, 2020

War powers practice in the early republic suggests that the president’s power of “self‐​defense” was far narrower than Trump’s defenders imagine.

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King Obama, King Trump: The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2017

Gene Healy joins us for a special Inauguration Day episode of Free Thoughts wherein we assess Barack Obama’s legacy as President of the United States.

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Happy (Belated) Birthday James Madison!

featuring John Samples, Gene Healy, and Michael B. Levy on Mar 22, 2019

James Madison would have turned 268 on March 16, 2019, so in honor of that, we explore his political life. 

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America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 12, 2014

Gene Healy joins us to talk about the growing power of the Executive Branch. What are the President’s actual duties according to the U.S. Constitution?

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Foreign Policy

by Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent on Aug 15, 2008

American foreign policy has operated on an interventionist platform for many decades. This approach does more harm than help to America and its allies.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Truman Administration

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 20, 2019

Was Harry Truman one of the worst terrorists of all time? If words mean anything anymore—then absolutely, yes.