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Robert Higgs on Obama’s Spending Spree
Recorded: Monday, October 26, 2009

Originally aired on 10/26/09 on FoxNews.com’s “Freedom Watch.” Robert Higgs, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, examines why government spending can’t pull the U.S. out of economic recession.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Television
Issues: Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Waste/Pork, Taxes

       
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The Philosophical Origins of Truth and Freedom
Recorded: Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Experts: José Maria J. Yulo
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Robert Higgs on The Decline of American Liberalism with ReasonTV
Recorded: Friday, April 17, 2009

Robert Higgs, author and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, discusses historian Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr.'s book, The Decline of American Liberalism, in an interview with Reason TV.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Television
Issues: Economists, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Alex Tabarrok on How Ideas Trump Crises
Recorded: Sunday, February 1, 2009

Alex Tabarrok at TED argues how free trade and globalization are shaping the world into an idea-sharing community that is more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.

Experts: Alexander T. Tabarrok
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Big Brother is Watching
Recorded: Thursday, June 6, 2002

To outsiders, its initials once stood for “No Such Agency.” To its employees, they stood for “Never Say Anything.” Today the public knows that the ultra-secret National Security Agency manages the nation’s spy satellites, but few know exactly why the NSA is the most powerful U.S. intelligence agency—or its roles in the Cold War, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and Echelon, the worldwide NSA spying operation that, many charge, is illegally monitoring innocent citizens. No outsider knows more about the NSA than investigative journalist James Bamford, who began to research it before most members of Congress had even heard of it. In this talk, Mr. Bamford explained why he believes the NSA is a dangerous, two-edged sword.

Experts: James Bamford
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Freedom, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Law Enforcement, Politics, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Gore Vidal on Understanding America’s Terrorist Crisis
Recorded: Thursday, April 18, 2002

Filmed before a live audience on April 18, 2002, renowned author Gore Vidal rejects the blind “patriotism” expected by government officials and the mainstream media, and investigates U.S. foreign policy throughout recent history, showing how it has contributed to the terrorist crisis. With his famous wit and insight, Vidal also demonstrates the ways in which the “War on Terrorism” is being used to curtail civil liberties and shred the Bill of Rights.

Experts: Gore Vidal
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Conning Americans: How Politicians Create Dependence on Government
Recorded: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

"Dependence” on government has grown at unprecedented rates over the past 70 years. This ominous trend has coincided with the growth of centralized government power, which at its own discretion is used to regulate, manipuate, or prohibit. Driven by bipartisanship, bureaucracies, and interest groups, and accelerated by presidential ambitions, this trend has been so profound that few today can imagine life without government control. Economist and historian Charlotte Twight, one of the leading experts on politics and privacy, showed how special-interest politics created the income tax, Social Security, Medicare, surveillance of ordinary citizens, and other linchpins of the “dependence-state,” which in turn have made opposition to centralized control seemingly futile. She will then offer a strategy to reverse this trend in order to fulfill the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Experts: Charlotte Twight
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Government Waste/Pork, Welfare

       
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