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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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Private Solutions for Reducing Road Congestion, Fuel Costs, Travel Time, and Waste
Recorded: Thursday, September 28, 2006

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“Congestion is not a fact of life,” declared Mr. Mineta, “We need a new approach, and we need it now.” Such an approach is presented in the new Independent Institute book, Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship and the Future of Roads.

Experts: Daniel B. Klein, Gabriel Roth, Alexander T. Tabarrok
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Privatization, Transportation

       
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Bureaucracy vs. The Environment: What Should Be Done?
Recorded: Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Environmental quality has been a major public concern since the first Earth Day in 1970, yet the maze of environmental regulations enacted since has fostered huge government bureaucracies better known for waste and failure than for innovation and success.

Experts: Carl P. Close, Michael Shaw, Randy T. Simmons
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Environment

       
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What Should the U.S. Do about China?
Recorded: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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The recent U.S. alignment with India seems to be another indicator of an informal U.S. policy to contain China. Will strategic containment work if China is allowed to fully integrate itself with the world economy?

Experts: Ivan Eland, James Lilley, Eric McVadon
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

       
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Is White Guilt Destroying the Promise of Civil Rights?
Recorded: Tuesday, May 9, 2006

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In the 1960s, civil rights victories dealt a blow to racial discrimination, and yet 40 years later many blacks remain left behind. Has affirmative action sabotaged the gains of the civil rights movement? What is the role of personal accountability in improving the standing of minority groups?

Experts: Shelby Steele
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Race Issues

       
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Innovative Solutions for Iraq
Recorded: Thursday, February 16, 2006

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The recent elections in Iraq have not resolved the main problems there—a constitutional crisis, continued terrorism, a potent Sunni rebellion, and fighting between religious and ethnic groups that could result in a full-blown civil war. Is the Iraq war a hopeless quagmire that has been lost, or can the U.S. still foster a united, peaceful and prosperous Iraq?

Experts: Peter Brookes, Ivan Eland, Lawrence J. Korb, Lt. Gen. William E. Odom (Ret.), D. Gareth Porter
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

       
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Eminent Domain: Abuse of Government Power?
Recorded: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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In June 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kelo v. New London that local governments may force property owners to sell out and to make way for private economic development, even if the property is not blighted. In response, many states have passed legislation and proposed amendments to their state constitutions to block this unprecedented government assault on the rights of property owners.

Experts: Steven Greenhut, Timothy Sandefur
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Housing, Land Use, Property Rights

       
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