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David J. Theroux (1949–2022) was Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review. He received his B.S., A.B., and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He was a Juror for the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education, and books and films produced by Mr. Theroux have been the recipients of scores of awards, including three Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prizes, Templeton Freedom Award, two Mencken Awards for Best Book, eight Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards for Best Book, three Benjamin Franklin Awards, ten Independent Publisher Book Awards, Peter Shaw Memorial Award, and three Choice Magazine Awards for Outstanding Book. He was Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California, and was founding Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for the Cato Institute and President of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy. He previously served both as Research Assistant for the economist Yale Brozen and Director of the Lecture Series on Economic Science in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Having directed and published 140 scholarly books, Mr. Theroux is the editor of the books, The Energy Crisis, Private Rights and Public Lands (with P. Truluck), and Politics and Tyranny, and his scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Private Enterprise, Culture and Civilization, The Independent Review, and Society, as well as such volumes as Hayek: A Collaborative Biography (ed. by Robert Leeson), Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting (ed. by Skyler Collins), The Family and Economy in the Future of Society, and Resolving the Housing Crisis: Government Policy, Decontrol, and the Public Interest (ed. by M. Bruce Johnson). His articles and reviews have also appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Investor's Business Daily, Washington Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Insight, other publications, and he has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, Voice of America, and other local, national, and international TV and radio networks and programs.

A contributor to American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, he was a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he has been a director of eight corporations and four foundations, and he has been a member of the Nominating Committee for the Heinz Awards, William I. Koch Crime Commission, Prison Advisory Board for the California Little Hoover Commission, Board of Advisors of the Libertarian Christian Institute, and Executive Committee for the Templeton Collegiate Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society.

In Memoriam: David J. Theroux

Putin’s Desperation, Florida’s Culture War, Goodbye Mask Mandates | Independent Outlook 36 April 20, 2022
Elon Musk & Twitter, Ukraine War or Peace, Disney’s Culture War, Media Bias | Independent Outlook 35 April 6, 2022
Implacable Inflation, Putin’s Villainy, U.S.’s Quandary, New SCOTUS Justice | Independent Outlook Episode 34 March 23, 2022
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“Fighting the Socialist Agenda” Independent Institute Founder and President David Theroux on the Rob Schilling Radio Show October 17, 2018
Independent Institute Founder and President David Theroux Appears on the Jim Bohannon Radio Show October 12, 2018
"Saving Millennials from Socialism" Independent Institute Founder and President David Theroux on WVLK radio October 8, 2018
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Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope: World Premiere of the New Documentary February 16, 2022
Independent Outlook Episode 31: Breyer Resigns at SCOTUS, Ukraine Vortex, Inflation and Inequality, Crime Surges January 26, 2022
Independent Outlook Episode 30: Omicron's Surge, Vaccine Mandates at SCOTUS, Bidenflation and the "Build Back Better" Boondoggle and School Protests January 12, 2022
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Independent Review Articles
Robert Higgs: A Personal and Professional Appreciation Fall 2013
Preface Spring 1996
Commentary Articles
C.S. Lewis and Kurt Vonnegut on “Egalitarian” Tyranny January 14, 2021
Reversing the Flight from the Family July 29, 2016
Rejecting the Cultural Foundations of the “Progressive” Leviathan July 19, 2016
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Beacon Blog Posts
P. J. O'Rourke (1947–;2022) February 23, 2022
S. Fred Singer, Friend and Courageous Man of Science March 9, 2021
Rush Limbaugh on Air February 23, 2021
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
U.S. Government's Ethanol Boondoggle Raising Food Prices Worldwide August 16, 2012
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Federal Worker's Rap Video on Unlimited $$ and No Accountability Wins GSA Award April 7, 2012
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Higher-Order Marriage January 1, 2016
Open Letters
Open Letter to Suspend California AB-5 April 14, 2020
Open Letter on Immigration June 19, 2006
Letter to Members of Congress: In Defense of Freedom Coalition October 2, 2001
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Religion, Science, Freedom April 18, 2022
James N. Tooley October 25, 2016
Why C.S. Lewis Is as Influential as Ever August 3, 2015
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Research Articles
Mere Friendship June 19, 2013
Secular Theocracy January 11, 2012
C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism August 23, 2010
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Working Paper
Mere Economic Science March 6, 2007
A Beacon of Truth July 9, 2014

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