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Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us?
Recorded: Thursday, December 6, 2007

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From ancient times to the present, politicians, bureaucrats, and interest groups have gained resources and control over the public by playing to people’s fears of various “crises” and by offering “solutions” that often only make problems worse.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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New Directions for Peace and Security
Recorded: Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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For more than a century U.S. foreign policy—whether conducted by Democrats or Republicans—has been based on the assumption that Americans’ interests are served best by intervening abroad to secure markets, fight potential enemies far from American shores, or engage in “democratic nation building.” But, what is the record of such policies, including now in Iraq?

Experts: Carl P. Close, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, James L. Payne, Edward P. Stringham
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

       
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Living With a Nuclear Iran and North Korea?
Recorded: Thursday, June 21, 2007

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What if North Korea and Iran become nuclear states? If the United States must live with a nuclear Iran and North Korea, what policies should it adopt? Furthermore, could the U.S. change its foreign policy to reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation to even more countries?

Experts: Doug Bandow, Ivan Eland, Trita Parsi, Charles V. Peña
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

       
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Is Wal-Mart Good or Bad for America? A Debate
Recorded: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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Wal-Mart’s detractors argue that Wal-Mart reduces living standards, hurts retail trade, disrupts communities, and relies on government programs to provide healthcare for many of its workers. Is Wal-Mart a force for good or evil?

Experts: Ken Jacobs, Richard K. Vedder
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Business, Labor and Employment, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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P.J. O’Rourke “On the Wealth of Nations”
Recorded: Friday, February 9, 2007

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America’s most provocative humorist, P. J. O’Rourke, has read pioneering economist Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, first published in 1776, “so we don’t have to”—and the results are as entertaining as they are enlightening.

Experts: P. J. O’Rourke
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Economic Policy, Economists

       
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The 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Awards and An Evening With Robert Higgs
Recorded: Wednesday, December 6, 2006

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The reception and presentation of the Thomas S. Szasz Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties to Robert Higgs and Robert Spillane, followed by a special forum featuring Dr. Higgs on “Liberty and Leviathan.”

Experts: Robert Higgs, Robert Spillane, Thomas S. Szasz
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Government Power, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Private Solutions for Reducing Road Congestion, Fuel Costs, Travel Time, and Waste
Recorded: Thursday, September 28, 2006

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“Congestion is not a fact of life,” declared Mr. Mineta, “We need a new approach, and we need it now.” Such an approach is presented in the new Independent Institute book, Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship and the Future of Roads.

Experts: Daniel B. Klein, Gabriel Roth, Alexander T. Tabarrok
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Privatization, Transportation

       
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Bureaucracy vs. The Environment: What Should Be Done?
Recorded: Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Environmental quality has been a major public concern since the first Earth Day in 1970, yet the maze of environmental regulations enacted since has fostered huge government bureaucracies better known for waste and failure than for innovation and success.

Experts: Carl P. Close, Michael Shaw, Randy T. Simmons
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Environment

       
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