Brink Lindsey

Brink Lindsey is Cato’s vice president for research and author of Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture, called a “scintillating book” by political columnist George F. Will in the New York Times Book Review. From 1998 to 2004, he was director of Cato’s Center for Trade Policy Studies, helping to make it a leading voice for free trade. An attorney with extensive experience in international trade regulation, Lindsey was formerly director of regulatory studies at Cato and senior editor of Regulation magazine.

Lindsey recently rocked the boat with “Liberaltarians: A Progressive Manifesto,” a piece appearing in The New Republic, where he suggested libertarians ought to consider a strategic alliance with the Democratic left. Even more recently, in “A Farewell to the Culture Wars,” appearing in the National Review, Lindsey advised conservatives to accept that the culture wars are over and concentrate on conserving the American tradition of liberty. Lindsey is the author of Against the Dead Hand: The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism, and coauthor, with Daniel Ikenson, of Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law. Lindsey’s writings have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Weekly Standard, and the Journal of World Trade. Lindsey is a contributing editor at Reason, and has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, NPR, and PBS.

Lindsey holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.