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    2017 Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars

    June 26–30 • Santa Clara, C​A
    The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars feature outstanding faculty, lectures, and small group discussions on the principles of free markets and free societies. Apply today!

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    NEW BOOK: Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America’s First Constitution

    By William J. Watkins, Jr.

    Patriots like Jefferson, Mason, and Henry sought to amend the Articles of Confederation, not end it. Could their critiques of the U.S. Constitution help us rein in Big Government?

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    NEW BOOK: Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity?

    Edited by Robert M. Whaples, Christopher J. Coyne, Michael C. Munger

    Can the next 50 years bring unparalleled progress in healthcare, education, energy, work life, and more? Our expert panel explores how government policies will affect future innovation and wealth creation.

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    California Golden Fleece Award

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) wins the Independent Institute’s Golden Fleece Award for its lies, deceit, inefficiencies, and waste of taxpayer money. It’s time to end this $10 billion highway robbery.

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    NEW BOOK: Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children

    by Vicki E. Alger

    Is federal involvement in education fulfilling its promises? In this powerful exposé, Alger traces its development, offers a scathing indictment, examines outstanding school systems abroad, and points the way forward. Landmark!

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Liberty and Responsibility | Art Carden

Professor Art Carden talks about liberty and responsibility at the Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar 2016 held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Income Inequality & Wealth | Abby Hall Blanco on Stossel

Television personality John Stossel talks to Senior Fellow Abby Hall Blanco about income inequality and wealth in the United States.


Overpolicing & Rights

Mary L. G. Theroux, Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute, at the Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar held in Santa Clara, California, on June 24, 2016.

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