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Global Warming: Fact or Fiction? Featuring Physicists Willie Soon and Elliott Bloom
Posted: Mon. August 19, 2019, 11:50pm PT

Is global warming real? Have any such predictions been established scientifically? Would massive “carbon” taxes and other controls put America and the world—especially the poor—at great risk?

At this special event, geoscientist and astrophysicist Willie Soon separates fact from fiction in the global warming debate. He explains why the forecasts from CO2 climate models have been so wrong—and why solar influences on clouds, oceans, and wind drive climate change, not CO2 emissions. Stanford University physicist Elliott Bloom then comments.

Recorded: Wed. July 24, 2019
Experts: Elliott D. Bloom, Willie Soon
Type: Independent Institute Event

War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure | Ivan Eland
Posted: Wed. July 31, 2019, 12:11pm PT

War and the Rogue Presidency is an in-depth examination of the history of the congressional-executive tug-of-war over U.S. security policy and why reclaiming constitutional standards is essential to restore both an effective national defense and civil and economic liberties.

Recorded: Wed. July 31, 2019
Experts: Ivan R. Eland
Type: Independent Institute TV

“CA Fire Prevention” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KAHI radio
Posted: Wed. July 31, 2019, 11:10am PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan is interviewed on KAHI radio. McQuillan is the Director of the Independent Institute's California Golden Fleece® Awards recently given to California Fire Agencies for not doing enough to prevent forest fires which can spread to urban areas.

Recorded: Thu. July 25, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

An Evening with Jordan B. Peterson
The Meaning and Reality of Individual Sovereignty

Posted: Tue. July 30, 2019, 8:19am PT

Part 1 | Part 2

On May 2, 2019, in San Francisco, the Independent Institute hosted this special program with Jordan B. Peterson, Ph.D., the world-renowned clinical psychologist and author of the international bestseller, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos." A courageous and articulate champion of free speech, individual liberty, personal responsibility, civic virtue, the rule of law, and the Judeo-Christian values that underpin Western Civilization, Dr. Peterson’s expertise spans the sciences, the humanities, mythology, theology, and more, he provides incisive critiques of political correctness, identity politics, moral relativism, collectivism, and statism.

Introduced and welcomed by Independent President David J. Theroux, Dr. Peterson addresses the fundamental question of “The Meaning and Reality of Individual Sovereignty.” By no means self-evident for many people today, why has the idea of individual sovereignty been granted the primacy of place that it has been given? Paraphrasing how the introductory statements in the Declaration of Independence are formulated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident and that people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that they’re equal, and that government is to govern by the consent of individuals.”

And yet, the proposition that these truths as laid out in the Declaration are self-evident is no longer accepted by a large number of people in the modern intellectual world, especially among post-modernists, Marxists, and collectivists on the left and right. In his presentation, Dr. Peterson examines the roots of the essential proposition of individual sovereignty, and then how each of us can overcome life’s biggest obstacles, improve oneself and society, explore the meaning of life, and secure the fabric and institutions of free societies.

After his presentation, Dr. Peterson is joined in a conversation with Mary L. G. Theroux (Senior Vice President, Independent Institute) and Graham H. Walker, Ph.D. (Executive Director, Independent Institute). In the subsequent Part 2, Dr. Peterson addresses questions from the audience.

The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, public-policy research and educational organization that shapes ideas into profound and lasting impact. The mission of Independent is to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity. Applying independent thinking to issues that matter, the Independent Institute creates transformational ideas for today’s most pressing social and economic challenges. The results of this work are published as books, the quarterly journal, "The Independent Review," and other publications and form the basis for numerous conference and media programs. By connecting these ideas with other organizations and networks, Independent seeks to inspire action that can unleash an era of unparalleled human flourishing at home and around the globe.

Recorded: Thu. May 2, 2019
Experts: Jordan B. Peterson, David J. Theroux, Mary L. G. Theroux, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute Event

Ivan Eland on Yahoo Finance Discusses Iran’s Seizure of a British Tanker
Posted: Wed. July 24, 2019, 2:24pm PT

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on YahooFinance to talk about the recent events in the Persian Gulf where a British tanker was seized by Iran's military. Eland explains how sanctions imposed on Iran and the US pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal led up to the current actions taken by Iran.

Recorded: Mon. July 22, 2019
Experts: Ivan R. Eland
Type: Television

“Tools California Could Use to Better Prevent and Fight Wildfires” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KFBK radio
Posted: Mon. July 22, 2019, 10:37am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Lawrence J. McQuillan, Ph.D., has some fascinating hi-tech suggestions for improved wildfire safety in California. The suggestions are part of McQuillan’s California Golden Fleece® Award California Golden Fleece® Award , which highlights a state or local government spending program, tax, or regulation that fleeces California taxpayers, consumers, or businesses.

Recorded: Fri. July 19, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

Richard K. Vedder | Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America
Posted: Thu. July 18, 2019, 12:49pm PT

Hosted by the Heartland Institute, Richard K. Vedder, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America, critically examines government's extensive involvement in colleges and universities and offers his solutions to the rising costs, mediocre academic performance, and declining payoff of American higher education.

Recorded: Wed. June 19, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Other Event

How Educational Freedom Is Working: For Students, For Families, For America | Vicki E. Alger
Posted: Thu. July 18, 2019, 12:32pm PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Vicki E. Alger presentation at the Young Women's Leadership Summit held in Dallas TX, on June 8, 2019.

Private school choice programs in the United States serve almost half a million students, the vast majority of them low-income, disadvantaged, and special-needs children. Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki E. Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children , explains why more and more parents support educational freedom.

Recorded: Sat. June 8, 2019
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Other Event