The Power of Independent Thinking

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Posted: Fri. April 12, 2024, 4:29pm PT

Dr. Atlas interviews Dinesh D'Souza, bestselling author, award winning filmmaker, and investigative political commentator. D'souza served in the Reagan White House, was President of King's College, and is the author of many books including Illiberal Education, Letters to a Young Conservative, and United States of Socialism. His films include 2000 Mules, and America: Imagine a World Without Her. They discuss freedom in America, ongoing attacks on the ideals upon which the nation was founded, and the resulting division and lack of trust in institutions that threaten the very essence of the nation.

Posted: Wed. April 10, 2024, 2:26pm PT

Trump tried tariffs, he wants to try them some more, in order to help workers; what’s wrong with that? California wants to help workers by enforcing a new “fast food” wage law; what could go wrong? Hint in both cases: things can backfire. Did RFK, Jr. get the hint? Probably not, but he’s sure railing loudly against the perils of Big Government. These issues and more animate the conversation among Graham Walker, Phillip Magness, and Williamson Evers.

Posted: Fri. March 29, 2024, 9:09am PT

In this episode Dr. Atlas interviews Alex Epstein, bestselling author and philosopher. He is the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels", arguing that human flourishing and freedom itself require that humanity use more fossil fuels, not less. His most recent book is "Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas—Not Less". They have a conversation about energy policy, its tradeoffs, and its moral basis, including required energy conversion, mandated electric vehicles, and other policies that have become dogmas to progressive policymakers and many citizens, to a point where even questioning these ideas provokes cancellation and attack.

Posted: Mon. March 25, 2024, 11:19am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Phillip W. Magness sets the record straight on how much the wealthiest Americans pay in income tax. Misinformation by President Biden and his economic advisors have tried to vilify wealthy Americans as tax-evaders. Magness’ research shows tax rates are not what President Biden claimed in his recent State of the Union address. Magness also discusses the bipartisan federal spending and how the national debt will affect everyone if spending isn't cut.

Posted: Wed. March 20, 2024, 3:50pm PT

Clip highlights from the first year of the podcast. Join us as we continue to seek clarity and truth!

Posted: Fri. March 15, 2024, 2:06pm PT

When a state, like Texas or Florida, tries to protect people’s free speech rights against biased social media companies, is the state then violating the free speech rights of the social media companies? How’s President Biden doing at shrinking inflation? And what’s going on with Alabama’s IVF laws?

Posted: Mon. March 11, 2024, 2:41pm PT

Ever wonder why California gas prices are perpetually higher than in other states? Or why residential real estate in California is overwhelmingly more expensive than elsewhere? Or why wildfires got so out of control in recent years? Or why a visit to a California DMV office has been such an ordeal—but is maybe a bit better in recent years? More about the California Golden Fleece Awards

Posted: Mon. March 11, 2024, 1:25pm PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow David Beito, author of The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights is interviewed on The Brian Nichols Podcast. David Beito discusses the historical narrative of FDR and how that narrative is changing with Beito’s research to show FDR’s direct involvement in violating civil rights of US citizens. Surveillance on citizens and media manipulation are headlines today, but David Beito says FDR was guilty of this almost a century ago.