Founder and President of the Independent Institute, David Theroux is interviewed by Ave Maria Radio President Al Kresta at the Napa Institute Annual Conference. Also President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California, David Theroux talks about C.S. Lewiss writings on liberty and Christianity and how Lewis became one of the best-read and most influential writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Clifford F. Thies, author of The Independent Review article Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi, is interviewed on National Public Radios All Things Considered about the state of Mississippi defaulting on its loans in the 1840s. Other states defaulted on loans during this period, but most reconciled with debtors, but not Mississippi. Mississippi repudiated its debts, refusing to pay them.
Senior Fellow Ivan Eland appears on Arise TV to talk about the Greek Governments credit deal with the International Monetary Fund. Eland says the last minute deal with Greeces creditors might prolong the inevitable, that Greece might fall into default on loans. Greece and the EU might be better off if they realize that Greeces economy is failing.
Senior Vice President Mary Theroux is interviewed on radio station KOGO in San Diego to talk about the latest on California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. She discusses the underlying reasons why children are born into poverty and the difficulty of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Senior Fellow Ivan Eland, author of Partitioning for Peace, appeared on "Doug Stephan's Good Day" radio program. Eland talks about the state of terrorism in the Iraq and whether the US creates more of a problem with its intervention. He also discusses the question of how ISIS is different than other terror groups.
Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich, talks with radio host Tom Woods about the events in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s that led to the disarming of Jews and other so-called "Enemies of the State" beginning with gun registration policies of the Weimar Republic, to the Nazis use of that information to disarm and eliminate any opposition.
Research Fellow Vern McKinley, author of Financing Failure is interviewed by The Full Disclosure Network about the role of the Federal Reserve and whether or not it protects American citizens from financial disaster.