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David J. Theroux
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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 is a Juror for the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education, and books produced by Mr. Theroux have been the recipients of the Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize, Templeton Freedom Award, two Mencken Awards for Best Book, seven Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards for Best Book, two Benjamin Franklin Awards, four 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 founding President of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.

Having directed and published over one hundred 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, and elsewhere. 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 seven corporations and four foundations, he has been a member of the William I. Koch Crime Commission, Prison Advisory Board for the California Little Hoover Commission, and Executive Committee for the Templeton Collegiate Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society.

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Love Gov Video Series: Presentation at Draper University November 3, 2015
C.S. Lewis on Natural Law and Liberty April 26, 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
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Robert Higgs: A Personal and Professional Appreciation Fall 2013
Preface Spring 1996
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
Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy January 20, 2014
Help the Family: Privatize and Depoliticize December 10, 2012
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Beacon Blog Posts
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Another Urban Legend? The Middle Ages Were the "Dark Ages" April 11, 2015
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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 Letter
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
Open Letter on Antitrust Protectionism June 2, 1999
An Open Letter to President Clinton on Healthcare Reform March 16, 1994
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 Article
Mere Friendship June 19, 2013
Secular Theocracy January 11, 2012
C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism August 23, 2010
Economic Science and the Poverty of Naturalism July 25, 2008
Property Rights vs. Environmental Ruin August 1, 1994
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Working Paper
Mere Economic Science March 6, 2007
A Beacon of Truth July 9, 2014