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David Boaz (born 1953, Mayfield, Kentucky) is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute, an American libertarian think tank. He played a key role in the Institute's development and the American libertarian movement.

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," 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.

Boaz's March 1988 New York Times article on the futility of the drug war generated much debate over the decriminalization of drugs. His articles have also published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate. He also has appeared on ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN's Crossfire, NPR's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media. Boaz, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981.


  • Market Liberalism: A Paradigm for the 21st Century, Editor with Edward H. Crane, 1993.
  • Libertarianism: A Primer, Free Press 1997.
  • The Libertarian Reader, Editor, Free Press 1997.
  • The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties, 2008.

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David Boaz is the executive vice president of the influential libertarian U.S think tank the Cato Institute. He has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement.


  • Among advocates of limited government there is despair. This is the biggest-spending president since Lyndon Johnson. And if he spends the kind of money that's being talked about here, I don't know if there will ever have been a president who increased spending as fast as this one did.
  • Businesses and nonprofits deal with 15% revenue losses all the time.
  • [Cato's privatization effort was aimed from the start not just at dismantling Social Security but also at making major inroads against what it considered an overweening central government.] Social Security, ... is the linchpin of the welfare state.
  • Half the stories in every newspaper should be headlined 'Stop me before I legislate again'.
  • I don't believe in taxing the good people of Kansas, New Hampshire, and California $30 billion on the grounds that otherwise you'll tax them more later. If we actually had saved all the money that advocates of government spending had promised their programs would save, the federal budget would be negative by now.
  • The fundamental class division in any society is not between rich and poor, or between farmers and city dwellers, but between tax payers and tax consumers.
  • The idea of creating heaven on earth is bound to fail because we each have a different idea of what heaven is.
  • The initial reaction was to throw heaps and heaps of money at the problem. While you've had increases in welfare spending over the last 40 years, you've also had increases in the number of unwed mothers, increases in crime.
  • Why are taxpayers in California and Texas and Massachusetts paying for a museum in Indianapolis?

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