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C.S. Lewis, My Godfather: An Evening with Laurence Harwood
Recorded: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Laurence Harwood, OBE, godson of C.S. Lewis, reflects on his and others’ relationships with Lewis during his youth. He shares delightful letters and jolly recollections from his book C.S. Lewis, My Godfather: Letters, Photos, and Recollections. Laurence spoke at an evening event sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Society of California.


Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Entertainment, History (International)

       
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Winston Churchill: 20th Century Statesman or Warmonger?
Recorded: Friday, July 13, 2012

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Research Editor Anthony Gregory debates at FreedomFest 2012 with former British MP John Browne on the topic: Winston Churchill, great 20th century statesman or warmonger? Ron Holland is the moderator.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Other Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Ivan Eland on Bahraini Opposition to Saudi-Bahrain Merger Plan
Recorded: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, discusses Bahraini opposition to Saudi-Bahrain merger plan on English Radio.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Culture/ Society, Democracy, Government Power, History (International)

       
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Secrecy, Freedom and Empire: Lessons for Today from Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Recorded: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Daniel Ellsberg began his Vietnam-era career as a U.S. Marine company commander, a Pentagon official, and a staunch supporter of U.S. global interventionism. But, in October 1969, Ellsberg—fully expecting to spend the rest of his life in prison—smuggled out of his office and made public a seven-thousand-page top secret study of decision making in Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers. At this upcoming Independent Policy Forum, Ellsberg will tell the story of his becoming the most important whistle-blower of the last fifty years, risking his career and his freedom to expose the deceptions and delusions of U.S. leaders from Truman onward. Based on his new book, Secrets, Ellsberg provided an insider’s view of the secrets and lies that have shaped decades of U.S. foreign policy to the present. His exposure began on his first day at the Pentagon, August 4, 1964, which was also the day of the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident. In time, the more he learned from top decision-makers, confidential documents, and reports of secret maneuvers, the more skeptical he became about the conduct and impact of U.S. foreign policies.

The release of the Pentagon Papers set in motion a chain of events that included a landmark Supreme Court decision, the arrest and trial of Ellsberg, the crimes of Watergate, and the end of the Nixon presidency and the Vietnam War.

As the U.S. pursues the current War on Terrorism, Ellsberg’s insights into governmental intoxication with power could not be more timely or important.

This special evening with Daniel Ellsberg and a distinguished panel of scholars, Barton J. Bernstein, Edwin B. Firmage, David R. Henderson, and Jonathan Marshall discussed “Secrecy, Freedom and Empire: Lessons for Today from Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.”

Experts: Daniel Ellsberg
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, History (International)

       
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