Executive vice president of the Cato Institute, author of Libertarianism: A Primer


David Boaz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"David Boaz (born August 29, 1953, Mayfield, Kentucky) 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 by 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 (2003) and the Cato Handbook on Policy (2005). 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. ..."


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29 Aug 1953, David Boaz, in Mayfield, Kentucky


Cato Institute
"David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism."
Laissez Faire Books
"He has principal responsibility for Cato's phenomenal output of books, policy analyses and other informative materials on every imaginable national policy. This gives him exceptional perspective about developments affecting liberty today. ... In 1987, he had two complementary books published Libertarianism: A Primer and The Libertarian Reader: Classic & Contemporary Writings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman."


Executive Vice President, Cato Institute
Board of Advisors, Students for Liberty
Eris Society

Web Pages

David Boaz - Libertarian: Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education
Biography (from Laissez Faire Books) and photograph


David Boaz - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
Biographical essay
"... Boaz has helped erect a vast infrastructure of research and analysis that is propelling libertarian ideas and proposals into the mainstream of American political debate. ... Boaz was a veteran of Libertarian Ed Clark's presidential campaign when Ed Crane tapped him to join Cato in 1980. ... He suggests that many advocates of liberty tend to give short shrift to the practical policy end of promoting liberty."


Harmony: Lao-tzu, The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to Milton Friedman, 1997
First section of part four, "Spontaneous Order"; includes a brief introduction and short excerpts of five chapters from the Tao Te Ching
"... elements of libertarian ideas in society can certainly be found in Eastern philosophy as well. One of the classic sources is the Tao Te Ching, thought to have been written in the sixth century B.C. by a scribe named Lao-tzu (or Lao Tse). Tao is sometimes translated 'the Way,' though another possible translation is 'natural law.' ... Lao-tzu urges the ruler ('the sage') to refrain from acting, to accept the good with the bad, to let people pursue their own actions."
Related Topic: Laozi
Liberty at the Movies, 20 Jun 2005
Short reviews of "some all-time favorite libertarian movies"
"Today's topic is libertarian movies from Hollywood -- and there have been more than you might think. Shenandoah, a 1965 film ... Amistad (1997) ... The Castle was produced in Australia in 1997... in 1999 I also enjoyed The Winslow Boy ... So Big (1953) ... The Palermo Connection (1990) ... Pacific Heights (1990) ... My Beautiful Laundrette, made for British television in 1985."
Related Topic: Films
The Drug War Hits Home, Future of Freedom, Jan 1992
Reviews several cases of non-users caught in "the tentacles of the War on Drugs" and explains why civil forfeiture is attractive to law enforcers
"The war on drugs increasingly demonstrates the futility of efforts to prohibit people from engaging in peaceful, voluntary activities. ... We will never stop drug use by stepping up the drug war. We are already arresting far more people and spending ten times as much as we did to enforce alcohol prohibition. "
Related Topic: War on Drugs
Time to Rethink the War on Drugs, Future of Freedom, Oct 1999
Lists several effects of drug prohibition and suggests using some common sense regarding drug legalization
"... drug prohibition creates high levels of crime ... [and] channels more than $40 billion a year into the criminal underworld ... the drug laws are responsible for widespread social upheaval ... the drug laws break up families ... drug prohibition leads to civil liberties abuses ..."
Related Topic: War on Drugs

Books Authored

Libertarianism: A Primer, 1997
Partial contents: The Coming Libertarian Age - The Roots of Libertarianism - What Rights Do We Have? - The Dignity of the Individual - Pluralism and Toleration - Law and the Constitution - Civil Society - The Market Process - The Libertarian Future
Related Topic: Libertarianism
The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to Milton Friedman, 1997
Includes essays by Bastiat, Cobden, Milton Friedman, Hayek, Jefferson, Locke, Mencken, Nozick, Thomas Paine, Ayn Rand, Rothbard, Adam Smith, Herbert Spencer, Lysander Spooner, Alexis de Tocqueville, Laozi, Ludwig von Mises and Mary Wollstonecraft
Related Topic: Libertarianism
Toward Liberty: The Idea That Is Changing the World
    by David Boaz (Editor), Cato Institute, Apr 2002
Partial contents: Ideas and Consequences - Economic Growth - The Welfare State - The Regulatory State - A World in Transition - Foreign Affairs - Trade and International Finance - Law and Liberty - Democracy and Culture
Related Topic: Liberty