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No Safe Spaces: Free Speech Under Attack | Independent Institute
Posted: Mon. December 2, 2019, 10:13am PT

This special Independent Institute event, “No Safe Spaces: Free Speech Under Attack,” was held on November 7, 2019, and featured the California and Bay Area Premiere of the acclaimed film, "No Safe Spaces." This video includes the film's official trailer along with a panel of experts with audience Q&A to discuss the issues involved.

Today, college campuses have increasingly become intolerant places for diverse and even conventional viewpoints. The First Amendment, intellectual freedom, and the very idea of free speech are under attack with threats, bans, and even violence. A growing number of Americans don’t even believe you have the right to speak your mind if what you have to say might offend someone, somewhere. They advocate for campuses to be “safe spaces” in which open debate and discussions are not allowed. This disturbing movement has been extending beyond colleges and into the wider world.

“No Safe Spaces” stars comedian Adam Carolla and radio talk-show host Dennis Prager as they travel the country, talk with experts on the right and left, tour college campuses, and work to understand what is happening in America today and what free speech should look like.

With the help of a wide range of public figures, including Tim Allen, Jordan Peterson, Sharyl Attkinson, Alan Dershowitz, Ben Shapiro, Van Jones, Candace Owens, Dave Rubin, Ann Coulter and Cornel West, "No Safe Spaces" explores why the free exchange of ideas is fundamental to a free society, and the attacks on the First Amendment are attacks upon the foundations of America itself.

Recorded: Thu. November 7, 2019
Experts: Owen W. Brennan, Gregory R. Michael, Matt Ronnau, Joseph A. Scherer, David J. Theroux, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute Event

Educational Choice: How to Serve and Benefit Students, Parents and America | Vicki E. Alger
Posted: Mon. November 25, 2019, 10:09am PT

Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki E. Alger's presentation at the Westwrn Regional Conference, hosted by Turning Point USA and held in Newport Beach, CA, on October 26, 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. October 26, 2019
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Other Event

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on the David Webb show on SiriusXM radio
Posted: Thu. November 7, 2019, 11:09am PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, director of the California Golden Fleece® Awards appears on the David Webb show to talk about California's economy after decades of mismanagement of its land, pensions, utilities, and taxes.

Recorded: Thu. November 7, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

“PG&E’s Role in CA Fires” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on KFI radio
Posted: Thu. November 7, 2019, 9:32am PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, director of the California Golden Fleece® Awards appears on the John and Ken show on KFI radio in Los Angeles. McQuillan discusses the failures of Pacific Gas & Electric which resulted recently in millions of customers having their service shut off due to wind and fire danger. Power lines should be insulated and trees should be cleared from lines, but PG&E instead focuses resources on green energy goals instead of public safety.

Recorded: Wed. November 6, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

“PG&E and CA Fires” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on KTOX radio
Posted: Mon. November 4, 2019, 12:33pm PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, director of the California Golden Fleece® Awards speaks with The Michael Hagwood Show on KTOX radio. McQuillan talks about utilities in California and what can be done to improve the situation of their customers who've had their power turned off due to PG&E's own negligence. McQuillan offers solutions to fire related shutoffs in California.

Recorded: Fri. November 1, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

“The Late Great Golden State” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on KMED radio's Bill Meyers show
Posted: Fri. November 1, 2019, 4:05pm PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, director of the California Golden Fleece® Awards talk about the policies that have given California power shutoffs, while the forests and suburban areas burn. He discusses how the state can mitigate the effect of the fires and how power companies and utilities can be structured to give consumers more choice with better value.

Recorded: Thu. October 31, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children appears on the Andy Caldwell radio show
Posted: Fri. November 1, 2019, 12:47pm PT

School choice is not favored by some politicians, but they often send their children to private schools. Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of School choice is not favored by some politicians, but they often send their children to private schools. Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children talks with Andy Caldwell about the hypocrites who don't want the general population to choose schools that best fit their children. Opening schools to competition would improve academics and discipline in schools, says Alger. talks with Andy Caldwell about the hypocrites who don't want the general population to choose schools that best fit their children. Opening schools to competition would improve academics and discipline in schools, says Alger.

Recorded: Thu. October 31, 2019
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio

“California Fires and PG&E Power Shutoffs” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on KFAX radio
Posted: Fri. November 1, 2019, 10:12am PT

Is this the new normal for California? High winds toppling power lines, igniting devastating wildfires? Late season dry winds have been disastrous for California in recent years. What can be done to protect people and property in the future? Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan offers solutions that can help mitigate wildfire damage in California.

Recorded: Thu. October 31, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio