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Robert Higgs Interview on Growth of Big Brother
Recorded: Friday, July 9, 2010

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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.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Charles Pena on CNBC, Explaining the Afghanistan Quagmire
Recorded: Friday, July 2, 2010

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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?

Experts: Charles V. Peña
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

       
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Robert Higgs on the Consequences of Leviathan-sized Government
Recorded: Thursday, July 1, 2010

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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.

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

       
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William Watkins on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Discussing Supreme Court Nominations
Recorded: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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With the hearings on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr., was interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to discuss how to revise the nomination and selection process of Supreme Court Justices, based on his recent article in the Washington Examiner, “A role for the people in judicial selection.”

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Litigation, Politics

       
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The Supreme Court and the Battle for Second Amendment Rights
Recorded: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling on the Second Amendment’s individual right to “keep and bear arms” in Heller v. District of Columbia. Now the question remains whether this right must be recognized by the States and their political subdivisions.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook, Nelson Lund
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Gun Control, History (U.S)

       
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Robert Higgs Interviewed: Government’s Intrusions Threaten Economy
Recorded: Thursday, June 3, 2010

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed on “Government’s Intrusions Threaten Economy.” Interviewed by Steve Stanek of the Heartland Institute, Dr. Higgs explains that the government’s growing intrusions into the economy—bank bailouts, economic stimulus, interest rate manipulations and credit expansion by the Federal Reserve, increased business regulations—could eventually lead to soaring price inflation and interest rates and another, far worse economic downturn. The solution is to move deliberately to end such policies and the accumulation of federal bureaucratic programs, controls and taxes on Americans.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic Policy, Government Waste/Pork

       
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Robert Higgs Debates James Galbraith on Obamanomics
Recorded: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs debates James Galbraith (Professor of Economics, University of Texas; son of infamous, “liberal”, Keynesian economist John Kenneth Galbraith) on Antiwar Radio regarding the folly of government bailouts for insolvent banks, creation of the Glass-Steagall Act as a means to prevent FDIC insured banks from taking excessive risks, benefits and detriments of public and private regulation and oversight, problems of regulatory capture and revolving door politics, divergent opinions on the causes of the Great Depression and efficacy of the New Deal and the arguments for and against government spending on public infrastructure.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, History (U.S)

       
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Robert Higgs on Booms, Busts and Bad Predictions
Recorded: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Robert Higgs is interviewed here by Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio. They discuss the economic baloney of mainstream economists, the failure of most to understand the potential for mass inflation given the money supply currently sitting around in bank reserves, the reality of the business cycle and the politicians’ and media’s failure to grasp it, and why none of us should make sweeping predictions about how the future will unfold, even if we do understand economics, since human action and the flexibility of markets are impossible to quantify.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Politics

       
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