Proud to be "Tribeless" - Cato Institute President Peter Goettler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Peter Goettler, Cato Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a more divisive period in American politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the partisan gap on political values is now the widest it has been in decades. But is this divide based on actual principles, or merely on differentiating ourselves from the other political “tribe”? Peter Goettler, president of the Cato Institute, will make the case that tribalism and group identification are negatively influencing politics and policy, and fueling hypocrisy on both sides of the political aisle. Despite the fact that we complain about the corrosive environment of partisan bitterness and resentment, most of us may be making the problem worse—when we could be making it better.

Peter Goettler joined the Cato Institute as President and CEO in April, 2015. Prior to this, Goettler was most recently Head of Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets—Americas, Head of Global Leveraged Finance, and Head of Global Loans at Barclays Capital. He concurrently served as CEO of Latin America for Barclays plc. He received BS and MS degrees in 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peter joined the board of the Cato Institute in September 2014. He also serves on the boards of the Atlas Network and the NYC—Southern NY Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where he is a past board chair. Peter is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and has traveled extensively meeting and assisting free market and libertarian organizations and freedom advocates in such countries as Nigeria, Namibia, Morocco, Iran, Nepal, Vietnam, and many others.

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