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Posted: Fri. July 24, 2020, 2:16pm PT

Research Fellow Robert P. Murphy, author of the Independent book, "Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise and Human Action," and Independent Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker discuss the policy directions needed to counteract the economic undertow of COVID-19. Dr. Murphy explores the impact of the backdrop business cycle for economic recovery, and examines the risks associated with unsustainable interest rates and unprecedented amounts of monetary inflation and debt issuance undertaken by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Posted: Wed. July 22, 2020, 5:09pm PT

With enrollments shrinking, colleges may close, says Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise. He appears on WIND Radio's The Dan Proft Show to talk about colleges competing for a diminishing number of students which means some schools are in danger of closing permanently. Vedder explains how colleges are responding to this impending loss of customers.

Posted: Thu. July 16, 2020, 8:09pm PT

“Better than Common Core: Florida’s New K-12 Standards Raise the Bar,” by Ze'ev Wurman, David M. Steiner, Ashley Rogers Berner and R. James Milgram

Posted: Tue. July 7, 2020, 10:45am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Williamson M. Evers addresses the June 24, 2020, meeting of the Laguna Niguel Republican Women Federated of California about the serious problems in California's public schools in the midst of the COVID-19.

Posted: Tue. July 7, 2020, 11:08pm PT

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has strayed from its constitutional authority in declaring what preexisting law is to actually making law itself.

Posted: Fri. June 26, 2020, 11:32am PT

Sr. Fellow Bill Evers, director of Independent Institute's Open Letter to Suspend AB5, talks with guest host Katy Grimes about the latest news on California's AB5. The law took effect during the pandemic and requires freelance "gig" workers to become employees of companies instead of remaining independent contractors. Various exemptions have been granted but Uber and Lyft drivers and other delivery drivers will be forced to give up their independence when determining where and when they work. With unemployment soaring during the pandemic, drivers are needed more than ever to fill essential tasks while people shelter in place. Evers discusses other occupations affected by the law, as well as a ballot initiatives and lawsuits which seek to undue AB5 and challenge its constitutionality.

Posted: Fri. June 26, 2020, 10:16am PT

Independent Institute Executive Director Graham Walker appears on the Ken and John show to discuss the latest on California's AB5, the law which requires "gig" workers to be hired as employees, instead of continuing as independent contractors. The California Attorney General seeks a court order to immediately halt what they call 'worker misclassification" by Uber and Lyft. But app-based ride share companies say trying to force drivers to give up their independence 100 days before the election threatens to put a million more people out of work at the worst possible time.

Posted: Tue. June 23, 2020, 7:26pm PT

The rioting, looting, arson, and killings hitting cities around the nation that have followed the death of George Floyd, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, are much like the disturbances that convulsed American cities in the 1960s.