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Stephen Halbrook on Supreme Court D.C. Handgun Ban Case
Recorded: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Stephen Halbrook makes a statement to the press after the U.S. Supreme Court hears the D.C. handgun ban case (Heller case). Halbrook filed an Amicus brief for the case on behalf of 300 members of Congress.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Television
Issues: Constitutional Law, Gun Control

       
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The New International Arms Race in Space—And How to Avoid It
Recorded: Friday, March 7, 2008

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Did the United States test an anti-satellite weapon when it “shot down” an out-of-control spy satellite earlier this month? Or was it a precautionary measure to protect people on the ground who might have been hit with a fuel tank filled with a poisonous gas?

Experts: Peter L. Hays, Theresa Hitchens, Jeff Kueter, Mike Moore
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Government Secrecy, History (International), History (U.S), Science, Technology

       
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Is the U.S. Now Provoking an Arms Race in Space?
Recorded: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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The 1967 Outer Space Treaty designated space for peaceful purposes as “the province of all mankind.” Virtually all spacefaring nations now favor a new treaty to accommodate major changes in geopolitics and military technology. The United States, however, has blocked negotiations, citing potential threats to U.S. “rights, capabilities, and freedom of action.”

Experts: Mike Moore
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, History (International), History (U.S), Nationalism, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises, Trade

       
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Robert Higgs on the Rise and Fall of Leviathan
Recorded: Sunday, January 1, 1995

Robert Higgs speaks at a Future of Freedom Foundation conference in 1995 on the ratchet effect- the idea that governments tend to grab power during emergencies but do not cede it completely after each crisis abates- and gives his own analysis of what it might take to slow the growth of government in the 21st century.

Check out Higg's book Crisis and Leviathan.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Freedom, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Robert Higgs on Rights During National Emergencies
Recorded: Thursday, January 1, 1987

In this lecture from 1987, Robert Higgs speaks about governments' tendency to bend or suspend individual rights during emergency situations. He reviews the history of this in the United States and questions whether the U.S. Constitution is strong enough to protect private rights in the face of an unending string of national crises.

Check out Higgs' book Crisis and Leviathan.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Freedom, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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