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

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From ancient times to the present, politicians, bureaucrats, and interest groups have gained resources and control over the public by playing to people’s fears of various “crises” and by offering “solutions” that often only make problems worse.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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New Directions for Peace and Security
Recorded: Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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For more than a century U.S. foreign policy—whether conducted by Democrats or Republicans—has been based on the assumption that Americans’ interests are served best by intervening abroad to secure markets, fight potential enemies far from American shores, or engage in “democratic nation building.” But, what is the record of such policies, including now in Iraq?

Experts: Carl P. Close, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, James L. Payne, Edward P. Stringham
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

       
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Living With a Nuclear Iran and North Korea?
Recorded: Thursday, June 21, 2007

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What if North Korea and Iran become nuclear states? If the United States must live with a nuclear Iran and North Korea, what policies should it adopt? Furthermore, could the U.S. change its foreign policy to reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation to even more countries?

Experts: Doug Bandow, Ivan Eland, Trita Parsi, Charles V. Peña
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

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

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Wal-Mart’s detractors argue that Wal-Mart reduces living standards, hurts retail trade, disrupts communities, and relies on government programs to provide healthcare for many of its workers. Is Wal-Mart a force for good or evil?

Experts: Ken Jacobs, Richard K. Vedder
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Business, Labor and Employment, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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P.J. O’Rourke “On the Wealth of Nations”
Recorded: Friday, February 9, 2007

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America’s most provocative humorist, P. J. O’Rourke, has read pioneering economist Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, first published in 1776, “so we don’t have to”—and the results are as entertaining as they are enlightening.

Experts: P. J. O’Rourke
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Economic Policy, Economists

       
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The 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Awards and An Evening With Robert Higgs
Recorded: Wednesday, December 6, 2006

The gala reception and presentation of the Thomas S. Szasz Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties to Robert Higgs and Robert Spillane, followed by a special forum featuring Dr. Higgs on “Liberty and Leviathan,” based on his acclaimed book, Depression, War, and Cold War (Oxford University Press).

Thomas S. Szasz The Thomas S. Szasz Award is a tribute conferred annually by the Center for Independent Thought for the avocation of civil liberties and to encourage others to work to protect personal autonomy from state encroachment.

Robert Higgs Senior Fellow, The Independent Institute. Winner, 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Award, General Award. Author, Depression, War, and Cold War, Against Leviathan, and Crisis and Leviathan.

Robert Spillane Professor of Management Macquarie University Australia. Winner, 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Award, Professional Award.

Andrea Millen Rich President, Center for Independent Thought

David J. Theroux Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Experts: Robert Higgs, Robert Spillane, Thomas S. Szasz
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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The 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Awards and An Evening With Robert Higgs
Recorded: Wednesday, December 6, 2006

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The reception and presentation of the Thomas S. Szasz Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties to Robert Higgs and Robert Spillane, followed by a special forum featuring Dr. Higgs on “Liberty and Leviathan.”

Experts: Robert Higgs, Robert Spillane, Thomas S. Szasz
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Government Power, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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