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What the Second Amendment Means Today
Recorded: Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Experts: Robert Higgs, Don B. Kates Jr., David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Gun Control, History (U.S)

       
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Is the Second Amendment an Individual Right?
Recorded: Monday, June 9, 2008

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

An Independent Policy Forum held on 6/09/08. Joyce Lee Malcolm and Stephen Halbrook discuss the history of the Second Amendment and its interpretation in American law.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook, Joyce Lee Malcolm, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Gun Control, History (U.S)

       
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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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David Theroux on KTVU2 on Government Taxes and Spending
Recorded: Friday, April 15, 2005

David Theroux discusses the breakdown of U.S. government tax spending and reducing the burden placed on taxpayers in a KTVU Channel 2 report.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Television
Issues: Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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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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Friedrich Hayek and the Future of Liberty
Recorded: Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Friedrich A. Hayek (1899-1992) left such a profound mark on economic and political thought that The New Yorker has called the 20th century, "The Hayek Century." After converting to free-market capitalism and classical liberalism in the 1920s, Hayek became one of socialism's and statism's staunchest critics. His 1944 bestseller, The Road to Serfdom, warned of central government planning's authoritarian, and even totalitarian, tendencies- and helped reignite worldwide interest in the philosophy and practice of freedom. Although Hayek's 1974 Nobel Prize in Economic Science brought renewed interest in his ideas, it wasn't until the collapse of the Soviet Bloc (which Hayek predicted) that his vast writings on economics, political philosophy, law, history, culture, and other fields became broadly recognized as essential to achieve a prosperous, humane and free society. Biographer Alan Ebenstein and economist Charles Baird shed light on Hayek's seminal legacy and the rebirth of freedom.

Experts: Charles W. Baird, Alan O. Ebenstein
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Public Health/ Consumer Protection

       
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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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