The first one, on Monday, March 6 at 6:30PM features superstar blogging sensation Mr. Glenn Reynolds and free booze. The second one features Ed Meese on drugs. Well, talking about drugs. Illegal drugs. And Reason's own Jacob Sullum. Don't miss either. Details, details, details:
An Army of Davids or the Triumph of Goliath?
Monday, March 6
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Reception to follow immediately
A no-holds-barred debate featuring Glenn Reynolds, of Instapundit.com and author of An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths; Joe Trippi, former campaign manager for Howard Dean and author of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything; and Barry C. Lynn, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author, End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation.
Do the Internet and other related technologies allow us to be more in control of our lives? Are politics, culture, and economics more responsive to individuals than ever before or is more power becoming concentrated in fewer and fewer hands? Join three of the most provocative minds in America as they hash out these and related questions in a no-holds-barred discussion.
Speaker introductions by Nick Schulz, editor of TCS Daily. Panel moderated by Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.
This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and all attendees must RSVP in advance to Jayne Townsend.
An Analytic Assessment of U.S. Drug Policy
Start: Thursday, March 9, 2006 11:00 AM
End: Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:30 PM
Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
In its efforts to control the use of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and other illegal drugs, the United States spends about $35 billion per year in public funds. Almost half a million dealers and users are incarcerated. In An Analytic Assessment of U.S. Drug Policy (AEI Press, 2005), policy analysts David Boyum and Peter Reuter provide an assessment of how poorly this massive investment of tax dollars and government authority is working.
Boyum and Reuter assert that tough enforcement–the centerpiece of American drug policy in terms of rhetoric, budget, and substance–has little to show by way of success. They also argue that the eradication of drug crops should not necessarily be a routine aspect of international interdiction programs, especially when it conflicts with other foreign policy objectives.
By contrast, more effective or promising drug control policies remain underfunded. Most significantly, drug treatment services are in short supply, even though research indicates that treatment expenditures easily pay for themselves in terms of reduced crime and improved productivity.
The panel, including Edwin Meese, Rand Beers, and Jacob Sullum, will discuss the authors' conclusions.
More info and RSVP here.