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Robert Higgs on the Consequences of Leviathan-sized Government
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed here by Scott Horton on Antiwar.com Radio, warning those who long for total governmental and economic collapse to be careful what they wish for. Higgs also explains why federal spending cannot continue at the current record levels without a failure of the bond market. He further compares the military and economic over-extension of the Soviet Union prior to its collapse to the United States as a warning against rampant spending by the government.

Recorded: Thu. July 1, 2010
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Terrorism and National Crises

Robert Higgs Interview on Growth of Big Brother
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Senior Fellow Robert Higgs talks about his book, Neither Liberty nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government, on The Holistic Survival Show with Jason Hartman. Higgs sheds light on the history of institutionalized violence implemented by a bloated federal state, caused by a misguided faith in larger government to ensure a “freedom from fear”. The “Necessary and Proper Clause”? “People have been trying to loosen the bounds of the Constitution virtually from the time it was ratified to the present”, Higgs cautions.

Recorded: Fri. July 9, 2010
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Terrorism and National Crises

Charles Pena on CNBC, Explaining the Afghanistan Quagmire
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Charles Peña interviewed on CNBC’s Insana Quotient with Ron Insana about the McChrystal fallout and its significance for the Obama administration. Peña further illustrates the quagmire that exists in the U.S mission in Afghanistan and challenges the public to consider the true relevancy behind the changing of command. Does it matter who is in charge when we are fighting an illegitimate war?

Recorded: Fri. July 2, 2010
Experts: Charles V. Peña
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

Is U.S. Justice Broken?
Posted: Mon. September 12, 2011

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From fingerprinting to criminal sentencing, from lawyer licensing to judicial selection, and from eminent domain to wealth transfers via class-action lawsuits, how do perverse incentives impact the law and what reforms would create a more just and efficient legal system?

Recorded: Thu. December 9, 2010
Experts: David D. Friedman, Alex A. Kozinski, Edward J. López, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Criminal Justice/ Prisons

MyGovCost.org Director Emily Skarbek on Mad in the Middle
Posted: Mon. September 12, 2011

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MyGovCost.org Director Emily Skarbek Talks tax cuts and the Government Cost Calculator on Mad in the Middle.

Recorded: Mon. November 15, 2010
Experts: Emily C. Skarbek
Type: Radio

Great Depression, Round Two? Senior Fellow Robert Higgs on The Peter Schiff Show
Posted: Mon. September 12, 2011

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Recorded: Mon. November 29, 2010
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy

Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa Interviewed at Pepperdine University
Posted: Mon. September 12, 2011

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa was interviewed at Pepperdine University about Latin American issues and immigration.

Recorded: Mon. November 29, 2010
Experts: Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Immigration, Latin America

Edward López with David Theroux on the New Book, The Pursuit of Justice
Posted: Mon. September 12, 2011

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Independent Institute Research Fellow Edward Lopéz, Associate Professor of Law and Economics at San Jose State University and editor of the new Institute book The Pursuit of Justice, talks with Institute President David Theroux about the faulty incentives at the heart of government legal failures and whether market-based alternatives can provide viable solutions to the serious problems caused by the bureaucratization and politicization of the law.

Recorded: Thu. December 9, 2010
Experts: Edward J. López, David J. Theroux
Type: Radio
Issues: Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Law Enforcement, Privatization