Syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Cato Institute

Douglas "Doug" Bandow (born c. 1954) is an American political writer, currently working as a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. In 2005, Bandow was forced to resign from the Cato Institute after it was revealed that for over ten years, he accepted payments in exchange for publishing articles favorable to various clients. Bandow referred to these activities as "a lapse of judgment" and said that he accepted payments for "between 12 and 24 articles", with each article costing approximately $2,000. Bandow was subsequently allowed to return to Cato.

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Cato Institute
"Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. ... Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups."
Future of Freedom Foundation
"Doug Bandow is vice president of policy at Citizen Outreach, the Cobden Fellow in International Economics at the Institute for Policy Innovation, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and serves as adjunct scholar for The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is a former special assistant to President Reagan; he is also a graduate of Stanford Law School and a member of the California and D.C. bars."


Acton Institute, Board of Advisors, 1998-2011
Cato Institute, Senior Fellow
Virginia Institute for Public Policy, Board of Scholars
Institute for Humane Studies, Faculty, 2003-2005

Web Pages

Doug Bandow - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government

Archived Columns

Future of Freedom Foundation
since July 1992
Jewish World Review
April 2000-Nov 2002


Selling Ideas, by Lew Rockwell, 21 Dec 2005
Discusses the 2005 incident involving Bandow and Jack Abramoff and reminds us of previous incidents of left-vs.-right attacks (and vice versa), concluding with quotes from Mises' Liberalism
"In the bad way [to sell ideas], you can take money in exchange for which you will say anything. Now, to be fair to Doug Bandow, he most certainly did not do the latter. ... he stands 'accused' of having written op-eds that elicited payment from Jack Abramoff. ... Bandow wrote favorably on behalf of the Northern Mariana Islands and its industry's desire to continue to be unregulated by US labor law. The method is seedy ... but the goal is good. ... He is a libertarian after all, one of the more principled writers out there, and the positions he took were not incompatible with his overall political perspective."
Related Topics: Cato Institute, Government


Liberty Against Power: Essays by Roy A. Childs, Jr., The Freeman, Jun 1995
Reviews the subject book, with Roy Childs' "best writings and speeches", collected and edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor
"Little in life is more tragic than the shooting stars, the brilliant lights who illuminate the truth and brighten people’s lives, only to flame out before the history books take note. Roy A. Childs, Jr., was one such phenomenon. A leading libertarian writer, editor, and activist, Roy was also a good friend and tough intellectual sparring partner to the famous, like Milton Friedman, and a generous mentor to the obscure, like any number of college students. ... In this way, Liberty Against Power is a fitting tribute to someone who gave so much for so long to so many."
NATO's Balkans Disaster and Wilsonian Warmongering, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Jul 1999
Analyses NATO's actions in the Bosnian War in light of the U.S. constitution, the NATO accord and the UN Charter
"Far worse, however, was ... inaugurating war against another sovereign state. In doing so, the president acted unilaterally, without the approval of Congress ... Although the administration seems to believe that all of these requirements are outmoded in today's world, the administration's calamitous bungling in Kosovo illustrates why war should require congressional approval, NATO should remain a defensive alliance, and the UN Charter properly outlaws aggressive war, irrespective of the goodness of the expressed intentions."
Related Topic: War
NATO's Balkans Disaster and Wilsonian Warmongering, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Aug 1999
Considers possible justifications for war vis-à-vis NATO's involvement in Bosnia
"... what justifies the United States's taking the extreme step of unleashing death and destruction on another people? Traditionally it has been a military threat against it. Yet Yugoslavia did nothing against America or any of its allies. ... Indeed, the administration did not threaten war to stop human-rights abuses. Rather, it wanted to force compliance with an international diktat ..."
Related Topic: War
Searching for America's Next Enemy, Mises Daily, 17 Jul 2006
Discusses some U.S. conservatives to find a new enemy nation and focuses on China as a "threat"
"China today is more prosperous, accessible, and responsible than ever before. Although Beijing is not a close ally, it is not hostile either. ... The idea that Beijing's modest (after inflation) increases in military outlays are preparing it for a global or even regional war of conquest is simply silly."
Related Topic: China
The Longest-Running War, 20 Dec 2004
Reviews two books: Bad Trip: How the War on Drugs Is Destroying America by Joel Miller and Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition by Jeffrey A. Miron
"Despite the optimistic predictions that often flow from federal officials, there is little good news in the drug war. ... While Miller and Miron might not convince the most dedicated drug warriors, they have presented a powerful case that the drug war is counterproductive. Their evidence deserves a serious response. "
Related Topic: War on Drugs
Uncle Sam's Retirement Scam, The Freeman, Jan 2002
Examines proposals to move Social Security to a private system
"Social Security ... worked only because of demographics: when first created, dozens of workers supported each worker. Taxes were low, benefits secure. But Ponzi schemes succeed for only a limited time. When Franklin Roosevelt was posing as the savior of the elderly, almost half the people died before collecting their first check. No longer, however. Most people receive not just the first check, but many more."
Related Topic: Social Security Tax

Books Authored

Speaking Freely: The Public Interest in Unfettered Speech
    by Doug Bandow, John Corry, Ed Crane (Introduction), 1995
Partial contents: TV Violence: Tempting Target for Reformers - Decency Regulation: The State as Censor - Who Will Mind the Children? - Commercial Speech: Defending the Language of Capitalism - The Fairness Doctrine
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech

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