David Boaz

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.

Free Thoughts

The Cato Institute at 40

featuring Peter Goettler, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 10, 2017

Peter Goettler joins us this week to talk about his role at the Cato Institute, Cato’s history of 40 years of advancing liberty, and what’s next for public policy organizations more generally and for Cato specifically.

Free Thoughts

Harambe to Trump: 2016 Was the Worst

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 30, 2016

David Boaz joins us to recap 2016. Did we just have the worst year ever in American politics?


The Twelve-Year Sentence: Introduction

by David Boaz, William Rickenbacker, and Benjamin Rogge in 1974

“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.”