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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: Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity?

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

    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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    NEW BOOK: American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment

    by Anthony Gregory

    Is Big Brother taking over America? The NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance programs are just one sign that Orwell’s nightmare is becoming America’s reality.

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

    by Vicki 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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    NEW BOOK: Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment

    by Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk, and Kenneth J. Sim

    A devastating critique of federal environment policy reveals a host of ineffective and wasteful policies—on air pollution, water pollution, endangered species, renewable energy, and more.

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    $10,000 Independent Excellence Prize

    The editors of The Independent Review invite submissions for a special symposium to be published in 2017 on the topic “Egalitarianism: Fair and Equal?” with the author of the best paper winning $10,000.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: Champion or Opponent of Liberty | Robert P. Murphy

Conrad Black and Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert P. Murphy in Franklin D. Roosevelt: Champion or Opponent of Liberty debate at Freedom Fest 2016.


The Race Between Tyranny and Liberty | Robert P. Murphy

This event was held at Santa Clara University, on June 22, 2016.


Restoring First Principles: Economic Future of the United States | Donald J. Boudreaux

This video is part of the panel "Restoring First Principles" held in Washington, D.C. on February 9, 2012.

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