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What President Obama Should Learn from His Predecessors
Recorded: Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Amid the current economic and financial crises, President Obama may do well to remember the men who have come before him.

Experts: Ivan Eland, Andrew R. Rutten
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Freedom, Government Power, History (U.S), Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Race Issues, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Bush, Obama, and Presidential Power
Recorded: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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Was George W. Bush the worst president ever? Ivan Eland examines Bush’s presidency and those of his predecessors to determine if their policies promoted peace, prosperity, and liberty while upholding the Constitution they swore to protect.

Experts: Ivan Eland, Ron Paul, Richard Shenkman
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Freedom, Government Power, History (U.S), Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us?
Recorded: Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Experts: Robert Higgs, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Is Walmart Good or Bad for America? A Debate
Recorded: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Richard K. Vedder and Ken Jacobs debate whether the rise of Walmart and similar big box retailers have been beneficial or harmful to the US economy.

Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Economics and Faculty Associate, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University. Professor Vedder is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of The Independent Institute book, "Out of Work," the recipient of both the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and Mencken Award Finalist for Best Book, and the Institute monograph, Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?

Ken Jacobs is Chair of the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center, and a former member of the Mayor’s Universal Health Care Council in San Francisco. He is the Co-author od “Declining Job-Based Health Coverage for Working Families in California and the United States,” and “Hidden Costs of Wal-Mart Jobs”.

David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review.


Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economists, Free Market Economics, History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Politics, Public Health/ Consumer Protection

       
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Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society
Recorded: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

September 29, 2004

Oakland, CA

What is fundamentally wrong with government today? Since 2001, despite low inflation, federal spending has increased by a massive 28.8%, creating the largest deficits in U.S. history and the highest rate of government growth since the "guns-and-butter" presidencies of Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. At the same time, federal agencies have been given new powers to secretly search anyone's property and intercept phone, Internet, and other communications, as well as inspect health and financial records. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, economist and historian Robert Higgs alone predicted this explosion of government power, as politicians have again taken full advantage of a frightened American public.

At this special Independent Policy Forum based on his new book, Against Leviathan, Dr. Higgs will present an unflinchingly critical analysis of the abuse of government power, including pork, the welfare state, protectionism, trampling on the Bill of Rights, and governmental responses to a continuing stream of "crises," including foreign wars, both hot and cold. Dr. Higgs combines an economist's analytical scrutiny, an historian's respect for the facts, and a refusal to accept the standard excuses and cruelties of government officialdom.

Robert Higgs

Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute's quarterly journal, The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy

Author, Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society

David J. Theroux

Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Democracy, History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics

       
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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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Pearl Harbor: Official Lies in an American War Tragedy?
Recorded: Wednesday, May 24, 2000

The great question of Pearl Harbor: what did U.S. government officials know and when did they know it? Ithas been argued for years. After decades of Freedom of Information Act requests, Robert Stinnett was finally able to examine the long-hidden evidence, shattering every shibboleth of Pearl Harbor. He finds that not only was the attack expected, it was deliberately provoked through an eight-step program devised by the Navy for President Franklin Roosevelt. Could Pearl Harbor have neither been an "accident" nor a mere "failure" of U.S. intelligence nor a "brilliant" Japanese military coup? Could the tragedy at Pearl Harbor have been a carefully orchestrated design, initiated at the highest government levels in order to galvanize a peace-loving American public to go to war? Robert Stinnett will discuss this startling issue in detail.

Robert B. Stinnett

Former Journalist, Oakland Tribune and BBC.

Author of the books, George Bush: His World War II Years and Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor.

Experts: Robert B. Stinnett
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Government Secrecy, History (International), History (U.S), Nationalism, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Crime, Punishment, and the Criminal Justice System
Recorded: Sunday, June 26, 1994

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Sunday, 26 June 1994

Co-sponsored by the Independent Institute, Kids Voting Kansas, Koch Crime Commission, and the University of Kansas
Kansas Union
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Moderator:
Arthur R. Miller, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Participants:
Randy E. Barnett, Professor of Law, Boston University
William P. Barr, former Attorney General of the United States
Pasco M. Bowman II, Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
Steven J. Davies, Superintendent of Schools, Kingman Norwich, KS
Williamson M. Evers, Fellow, The Independent Institute and Hoover Institution
Joan M. Finney, Governor of Kansas
Raymond W. Kelly, Former Police Commissioner, New York City
William I. Koch, Chairman, Oxbow Corporation
W. Walter Menninger, President and CEO, Menninger Foundation
Gale A. Norton, Attorney General of Colorado
Eric S. Rosen, State District Court Judge, Shawnee County, KS
Nadine Strossen, National President, American Civil Liberties Union
Bailus M. Tate, President, Board of Police Commissioners, Kansas City, MO

Executive Producer:
William I. Koch, Chairman, Oxbow Corporation

Producer and Director:
David J. Theroux, Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Experts: Randy E. Barnett, Stephen J. Davies, Williamson M. Evers, William I. Koch, Arthur R. Miller, Nadine Strossen
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Drugs (Illicit), Family, Freedom, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, Gun Control, Labor and Employment, Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privatization, Regulation and Deregulation, Welfare

       
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