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Cato Event Podcast

Cato Institute

Podcast of policy and book forums, Capitol Hill briefings and other events from the Cato Institute

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A Conversation with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo‐​Iweala Director‐​General of the World Trade Organization
A Conversation with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo‐​Iweala Director‐​General of the World Trade Organization
For nearly 30 years, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been the bedrock of the global trading system, serving as a negotiating forum for its 164 members, providing a system for resolving trade disputes, and acting as an essential clearinghouse for trade‐​related information. Over three‐​quarters of cross‐​border trade is carried out based on members’ WTO commitments, fostering an environment that has seen global trade soar from $5 trillion in 1995, the year of the WTO’s founding, to almost $25 trillion in 2022.Paradoxically, despite decades of success and the overwhelming benefits of trade for developed and developing countries alike, the WTO faces growing challenges and growing skepticism—particularly among US policymakers—regarding the benefits of globalization.It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Ngozi Okonjo‐​Iweala, director‐​general of the WTO, to the Cato Institute for a frank discussion on the threats facing both the WTO and globalization more broadly, as well as their implications for the global economy, developing countries, and the world’s most vulnerable people. Indeed, there may be no better person to discuss these topics than Okonjo‐​Iweala, given her current position at the WTO and her distinguished 40‐​year career as an economist, international development expert, Nigerian government official and finance expert. We’d be thrilled for you to join us for this important conversation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Canceling of the American Mind
The Canceling of the American Mind
Many have expressed alarm over the rapid rise of cancel culture. The Canceling of the American Mind is the first book to codify it and survey its effects. Following the best‐​selling The Coddling of the American Mind, this new book looks at the topic with hard data and research on what cancel culture is and how it works, along with hundreds of new examples showing the left and the right both working to silence their enemies.Coauthor Greg Lukianoff will examine the often‐​undiscussed issues related to cancel culture and how its unprecedented scale will likely be studied years from now in the same way we study the Red Scare or the Alien and Sedition Acts. But rather than a moral panic, he argues that we should consider it a dysfunctional part of how Americans battle for power, status, and dominance. Cancel culture is just one symptom of a much larger problem: the use of cheap rhetorical tactics to “win” arguments without actually winning arguments. After all, why bother refuting your opponents when you can just take away their platform or career?The good news that The Canceling of the American Mind provides is that we can beat back this threat to liberal values and democracy through better citizenship. Lukianoff offers concrete steps toward reclaiming a culture of free speech that goes beyond mere legal protections. In so doing, we can all show intellectual humility and promote the essential American principles of individuality, resilience, and open mindedness.Please join us for a fascinating discussion of cancel culture, its impact on our society and politics, and what the free speech response should be. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.