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The Federal Reserve on Trial
Recorded: Friday, July 10, 2015

In this mock trial organized by FreedomFest 2015, Independent Institute Research Fellow Robert Murphy and Robert Kuttner present their arguments and witnesses to the jury and the judge, performed by Lisa Kennedy for the responsibility of the Federal Reserve on the financial crisis in 2008.

Thanks to FreedomFest, Inc. for the permission to post our fellows' presentation. For further information about FreedomFest, go to

Experts: Robert P. Murphy
Type: Other Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, History (U.S)


Love Gov: From First Date to Mandate
Recorded: Monday, July 6, 2015

Trailer | Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5

Love Gov portrays the federal government as an overbearing boyfriend — Scott “Gov” Govinsky — who foists his "good intentions" on a hapless, idealistic college student, Alexis. Each episode follows Alexis's relationship with Gov as his intrusions wreak (comic) havoc on her life, professionally, financially, and socially. Alexis's loyal friend Libby tries to help her see Gov for what he really is — a menace. But will Alexis come to her senses in time? Tune in to find out!

Episode 1: An Education in Debt
Episode 2: Protection from Jobs
Episode 3: A Remedy for Healthcare Choices
Episode 4: House Poor
Episode 5: Keeping a Close Eye on Privacy

Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Banking and Finance, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Corporate Welfare, Culture/ Society, Drugs (Illicit), Economic Policy, Education, Environment, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Government Waste/Pork, Health Care, Housing, Labor and Employment, Land Use, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Welfare, Women’s Issues


Freedom Act, Patriot Act or Status Quo Act
Recorded: Monday, June 8, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland appears on RT’s CrossTalk program to discuss topics surrounding the US Patriot Act and whether or not Edward Snowden was a hero or a traitor. On a panel with other defense analysts, the US war against terror is debated. The panel discusses whether or not the US government is violating the constitutional rights by collecting metadata of phone calls and emails of US citizens.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Privacy


Peter A. Thiel | Courage Is In Far Shorter Supply Than Genius
Recorded: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In this clip from "Peter Thiel | Developing the Developed World: Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future," Peter Thiel describes how courage to stand out from the crowd is in far shorter supply than great minds.

Experts: Peter A. Thiel
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Regulation and Deregulation


C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism
Recorded: Saturday, August 2, 2014

David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, discusses the writings of C.S. Lewis and Lewis's views on individual liberty, natural law and statism. The presentation was the keynote talk at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX, August 2, 2014.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Culture/ Society, Education, Family, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Regulation and Deregulation, Religion, Science, Taxes, Welfare


Robert Nelson on BookTalks debates Christian Felber on “Economics as Religion”
Recorded: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Economist Tomás Sedláček hosts a BookTalks debate with Institute Senior Fellow and economist Robert Nelson and guests from fields of theology, philosophy and economics. Nelson is author of The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America.

Experts: Robert H. Nelson
Type: Television
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, Religion


Robert Higgs on FDA and Consumer Welfare
Recorded: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This presentation by Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs was presented on July 24, 2014, at Mises University, sponsored by the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economists, Free Market Economics, Government Power, Regulation and Deregulation


Michael Thomas: Division of Labor and Free Trade
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Thomas breaks down the factors that go into a free trade economy and how division of labor plays into the equation.

For information on The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar, click here.

Experts: Michael D. Thomas
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization, Public Choice Theory, Regulation and Deregulation


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