Gene Healy

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Gene Healy
Born November 16, 1970 (age 47)
United States
Alma mater Georgetown University
University of Chicago Law School
Occupation Journalist

Gene Healy (born November 16, 1970) is an American political pundit, journalist and editor. He serves as Vice President at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, as well as a contributing editor to Liberty magazine.


Healy holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.[1][2]


Healy is editor of the 2004 book Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything. He is the author of The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (2008) and False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency (2012).[1][2][3][4] His research interests include executive power and the role of the presidency, federalism, and over-criminalization.[1][2][5][6]

He has appeared on PBS’s Newshour and has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. His writing has been published in major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Legal Times.[1][2] He writes a weekly column for the Washington Examiner.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d "Debate: Has The President Exceeded His War Powers Authority?". April 7, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Policy Scholars: Gene Healy". Cato Institute. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Balko, Radley (March 15, 2013). "Obama, Civil Liberties, And The Presidency: An Interview With Gene Healy", The Huffington Post.
  4. ^ Smith, Kyle (October 31, 2012). "The Grand Obama Illusion: Major Promises Never Delivered". Forbes. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (June 21, 2011). "Libertarians Aren't All Selfish Jerks". The Atlantic. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Cella, Matthew; Shinkman , Paul D. (May 26, 2015). "The Great Iraq Mistake". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved November 28, 2015. ...Gene Healy, who studies executive power as a vice president at the Cato Institute. 

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