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Posted: Wed. August 17, 2022, 1:03pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux talks about how she became involved in the homelessness issue in San Francisco. She describes how the policy of "Housing First" is not addressing the root of homelessness. If housing is first, she says, what is next? Trauma, addiction, and mental health needs to be addressed before people can live and thrive independently. Mary's documentary Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope tells the story of how San Francisco and other cities can solve the homelessness problem in the US.

Posted: Fri. August 12, 2022, 2:01pm PT

Research Fellow Burton Abrams, author of The Terrible 10 appears on the Gary Nolan radio show.
Abrams talks about some of the ten worst economic policies in US history. Monetary policy during the Great Depression, the subprime mortgage crisis, prohibition, and Hawley-Smoot Act are among the policies that Abrams says are the biggest mistakes of US lawmakers.

Posted: Thu. August 11, 2022, 4:19pm PT

When Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taiwan, the lawless communist mainland government of China threw a fit; does their overreaction mean that the United States should now overtly pledge in advance to fight against China if it invades Taiwan? Looking back at home, is the rule of law threatened by the recent FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago? And let’s hear it for the latest miracle political words: it’s called the “Inflation Reduction Act”—even though it will ramp up inflation!

Posted: Tue. August 9, 2022, 1:18pm PT

Sr. Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms is interviewed on the Gary Nolan radio show. Halbrook talks about the origins of the Second Amendment and the recent US Supreme Court ruling concerning the right to carry in states that currently put restrictions on the right to protect yourself outside of your home.

Posted: Mon. August 8, 2022, 12:58pm PT

Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America talks about his career in higher education and how college has changed in the decades he has taught economics. Vedder talks about the possibility of forgiving student loans and about the dysfunction in the university system in the US today.

Posted: Mon. August 1, 2022, 11:12am PT

The Biden administration, spooked by inflation, sets out to change the definition of “recession,” apparently in hopes that terminology will ease the impact of disastrous spending and monetary policy. Meanwhile, the new semiconductor pork bill, “The Chips Act” subsidizes big business at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. Also, Dr. Fauci now tells us that if he had it to do all over again, he’d insist on even more draconian lockdowns and restrictions.

Posted: Wed. July 27, 2022, 1:02pm PT

A new bill subsidizing the U.S. semiconductor industry is unnecessary says Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell. The only reason more products are able to use semiconductors is because of foreign trade, not government handouts and playing favorites, he says. The $52 billion subsidy bill is just a pig dressed up in high-tech clothes, Powell writes in an Op-Ed in The Hill.

Posted: Mon. July 25, 2022, 3:05pm PT

Research Fellow Craig Eyermann is interviewed on the Shaun Thompson show on WIND radio in Chicago. Eyermann talks about loans made by the US government as a result of the pandemic. With little oversight there was massive fraud in the program, the extent of which may take decades to discover. $811 billion was loaned out during the Paycheck Protection Program, most of which does not have to be paid back.