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Summary: Cato Video presents a variety of speakers, interviews, and events at the Cato Institute. The wealth of Cato's multimedia content is carefully selected and edited to portray the most pivotal issues in a concise and engaging way, inviting viewers to rethink their assumptions about liberty and the proper role of government.

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 Cato Questions the Final Presidential Debate 2016 | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:04:03

Cato Institute scholars suggest questions for the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:01:16

The 2016 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors discusses fiscal policy trends and examines the tax and spending actions of each governor in detail. The hope is that the report encourages more state policymakers to follow the fiscal approaches of the top-scoring governors. For more information on the Fiscal Policy Report Card visit: Produced by Tess Terrible and Meaghan Leister

 "You Have the Right to Remain Innocent" (James Duane) | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:34:47

Law professor James Duane became a viral sensation in 2008 for a lively lecture that explained why people shouldn’t agree to answer questions from the police. In his new book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent, Duane expands on that presentation, offering a vigorous defense of every citizen’s constitutionally protected right to avoid self-incrimination. By using case histories of innocent persons who were wrongfully imprisoned because of information they gave to police, Duane debunks the claim that “if you haven’t done anything wrong, then you don’t have anything to worry about. View the full event here:

 Economic and Financial Issues Facing the Next President (Douglas Holtz-Eakin) | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:09:25

So far missing from the presidential campaigns has been a serious discussion of long-run structural issues facing the U.S. economy, especially the large projected budget deficits. Continuing to delay action on fiscal imbalances is not an option for the next administration. Economic and fiscal realities will constrain future policy options, as noted in recent studies by the International Monetary Fund and the Cato Institute. View full event here:

 The Power of State Constitutions to Protect Liberty (Hon. Clint Bolick) | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:34:23

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 Top 5 States: Freedom in the 50 States | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:03:10

Which American states interfere with your life the least? Here are the Top 5 most free states according to The Cato Institute's new report, "Freedom in the 50 States." Find out more at:

 Bottom 5 States: Freedom in the 50 States | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:04:17

Which American states interfere with your life the most? Here are the Bottom 5 least free states according to The Cato Institute's new report, "Freedom in the 50 States." Find out more at:

 Welfare Reform Turns 20: Looking Back, Going Forward | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:24:36

View the full event here: Welfare reform was not just one of the most important legislative achievements of its era, it continues to serve as the starting point for discussions of poverty and inequality today. The conference will look back at the goals of welfare reform and whether or not it has achieved them, as well as looking forward to next steps.

 Freedom in the 50 States | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:00:45

Which American states interfere with your life the least? Find out in the Cato Institute's new report, "Freedom in the 50 States."

 Penn Jillette on the Cato 1776 Sponsor level | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:00:59

Penn Jillette, H.L. Mencken research fellow at the Cato Institute, invites you to become a Cato 1776 Sponsor with a monthly gift of $17.76 or more to advance Cato’s mission to advance individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. To learn more, visit

 Making a Financial Choice: More Capital or More Government Control? | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:03:39

Committee on Financial Services Hearing: “Making a Financial Choice: More Capital or More Government Control?”

 Preschool Education: What the Research Says (Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst) | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:13:00

With American education seemingly stuck in neutral no matter what elementary and secondary reforms we try, policymakers are looking to younger children to improve achievement. Indeed, touting the benefits of “high-quality” programs, President Obama has proposed spending $75 billion to expand preschool to all four-year olds. But on what research basis does the argument for greatly expanding early childhood education rest? What do we know about the effectiveness of preschool? Please join us for an in-depth discussion on this important topic.

 #CatoConnects: Brexit Happened. Now What? | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:30:06

Voters in the UK have opted to leave the European Union. Will European trade and labor relations suffer? Is the EU now doomed? Featuring Tom Clougherty, Managing Editor, Cato Journal; Marian Tupy, editor,; moderated by Caleb O. Brown (@cobrown), Director of Multimedia. Produced by Tess Terrible, Cory Cooper and David Tassy.

 "A Loaded Weapon": The Growth of Executive Power (Rep. Jeb Hensarling) | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:11:24

View the full event here: Is the expansion of unilateral executive power the "right thing" for our system of government or a "loaded weapon" that threatens the constitutional separation of powers?

 The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe (David Coltart) | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 0:12:23

Watch full event here: As a young man, David Coltart was urged by Robert Mugabe to return from South Africa to Zimbabwe, where Coltart rose to become senator and education minister. But, as Mugabe became increasingly dictatorial, Coltart became one of Mugabe's favorite targets of vilification. Coltart was branded a traitor to the state and worthy of remaining in Zimbabwe only as a resident of one of its prisons. For three decades, Coltart has kept detailed notes and records of all his work, including a meticulous diary of cabinet meetings. Coltart's book deals with the last 60 years of Zimbabwe's history: from the obstinate rule of Ian Smith that provoked Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1965, to the civil war of the 1970s, the Gukurahundi genocide of the 1980s, Robert Mugabe's war on white landowners, and the struggles waged by Coltart's party — the Movement for Democratic Change. Coltart will also discuss one of his key concerns: the role of political extremists who have consistently subverted Zimbabwe's chances of realizing its true potential.


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