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John C. Goodman on A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America
Recorded: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Fellow John C. Goodman talks about his new Independent book, "A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America," on how to replace the Affordable Care Act with market-based solutions. Hosted by Michael Cannon, the discussion was held on July 22, 2015, at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.

Experts: John C. Goodman
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, Health Care, Privatization, Property Rights, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Social Security, Taxes


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)


The Road to Freedom and Prosperity
Abolish the IRS, Privatize Social Security and Welfare, End Unfunded Public Pension Liability

Recorded: Friday, July 10, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Fellows John C. Goodman and Lawrence J. McQuillan speak on a panel with Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara at the 2015 FreedomFest held in Las Vegas, NV. The program is moderated by Lewis Uhler, President of the National Tax Limitation Committee.

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

Experts: Peter J. Ferrara, John C. Goodman, Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Health Care, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Social Security, Taxes, Welfare


Public Choice And Government Failure
Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hillsdale College Professor of Economics Ivan Pongracic discusses the different motives that exist in the public decision-making process. He utilizes economic analysis to shed light on governmental choices. Presentation given on June 9, 2015 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Experts: Ivan Pongracic Jr.
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Politics, Public Choice Theory


Independent Publishing and Independent Institute—An Interview with Acquisitions Director Roy Carlisle
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 2015

Independent Institute Acquisitions Director Roy M. Carlisle is interviewed by IBPA Executive Director Angela Bole at the Book Expo Book Convention in New York City. Roy talks about two new books from the Independent Institute: A Better Choice by Senior Fellow John C. Goodman and California Dreaming by Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan. Both books were highlighted at the conference and the authors signed copies of the books for attendees. Carlisle is a former board member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the conversation touches on the Independent Institute’s powerful scholarly book program offering solutions to today’s public policy issues such as water markets, healthcare and education.

Experts: Roy M. Carlisle
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Health Care, Taxes


The Great Depression & the Gilded Age of America | Steven Horwitz
Recorded: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Professor Steven Horwitz contrasts the US economy during the Gilded Age (1870s to the early twentieth century—a period of industrialization and the growth of wealth—with the Great Depression (1929-39). He traces the role played by innovation and industrialization as well as the role of the federal government and the Federal Reserve System throughout these two contrasting periods.

00:00 Initial credits
00:07 The Gilded Age
09:00 The Progressive Era
14:53 The Federal Reserve and the Great Depression
20:16 The high school "story" about the Great Depression
21:18 What caused the Great Depression and why did it last so long?
23:00 1920-1929
25:00 1929-1933
28:37 The response of President Herbert Hoover to the Great Depression
34:11 Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: the same?
41:10 The role of the Second World War
43:54 Conclusion
44:35 Final credits

Steven Horwitz, PhD is is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. A Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, Dr. Horwitz completed his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University

Experts: Steven G. Horwitz
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S)


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 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


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