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David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review. He received his B.S., A.B., and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He was a Juror for the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education, and books and films produced by Mr. Theroux have been the recipients of scores of awards, including three Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prizes, Templeton Freedom Award, two Mencken Awards for Best Book, eight Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards for Best Book, three Benjamin Franklin Awards, ten Independent Publisher Book Awards, Peter Shaw Memorial Award, and three Choice Magazine Awards for Outstanding Book. He is Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California, and he was founding Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for the Cato Institute and President of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.

Having directed and published 140 scholarly books, Mr. Theroux is the editor of the books, The Energy Crisis, Private Rights and Public Lands (with P. Truluck), and Politics and Tyranny, and his scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Private Enterprise, Culture and Civilization, The Independent Review, and Society, as well as such volumes as Hayek: A Collaborative Biography (ed. by Robert Leeson), Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting (ed. by Skyler Collins), The Family and Economy in the Future of Society, and Resolving the Housing Crisis: Government Policy, Decontrol, and the Public Interest (ed. by M. Bruce Johnson). His articles and reviews have also appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Investor's Business Daily, Washington Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Insight, other publications, and he has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, Voice of America, and other local, national, and international TV and radio networks and programs.

A contributor to American Political Economy: An Encyclopedia, he has been a director of eight corporations and four foundations, and he has been a member of the Nominating Committee for the Heinz Awards, William I. Koch Crime Commission, Prison Advisory Board for the California Little Hoover Commission, Board of Advisors of the Libertarian Christian Institute, and Executive Committee for the Templeton Collegiate Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society.

The Future of Independent | Independent Institute September 22, 2017
Love Gov: From First Date to Mandate | Best Libertarian Comedy Award July 16, 2016
Love Gov Video Series: Presentation at Draper University November 3, 2015
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Independent Institute President David J. Theroux Discusses C.S. Lewis on Ave Maria Radio August 1, 2015
David Theroux: C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism June 26, 2015
C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism August 2, 2014
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National Dinner to Honor Robert A. Conquest July 7, 1992
Reception to Honor Peter T. Bauer October 8, 1986
Independent Review Articles
Robert Higgs: A Personal and Professional Appreciation Fall 2013
Preface Spring 1996
Commentary Articles
Reversing the Flight from the Family July 29, 2016
Rejecting the Cultural Foundations of the “Progressive” Leviathan July 19, 2016
Christianity’s Revolutionary Recognition of Women as Equals June 5, 2015
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Beacon Blog Posts
Governmentium December 18, 2017
Michael John Novak, Jr., 1933-2017 February 18, 2017
Clinton Cash Film Premieres July 24, 2016
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
U.S. Government's Ethanol Boondoggle Raising Food Prices Worldwide August 16, 2012
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Higher-Order Marriage January 1, 2016
Open Letters
Open Letter on Immigration June 19, 2006
Letter to Members of Congress: In Defense of Freedom Coalition October 2, 2001
An Open Letter from 539 Economists from all 50 States on Health Care Policy Reform March 1, 2000
James N. Tooley October 25, 2016
Why C.S. Lewis Is as Influential as Ever August 3, 2015
21st Century Lewis December 31, 2013
California Prisons and Corrections August 28, 1998
Research Articles
Mere Friendship June 19, 2013
Secular Theocracy January 11, 2012
C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism August 23, 2010
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Working Paper
Mere Economic Science March 6, 2007
A Beacon of Truth July 9, 2014