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The 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Awards and An Evening With Robert Higgs
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

The gala reception and presentation of the Thomas S. Szasz Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties to Robert Higgs and Robert Spillane, followed by a special forum featuring Dr. Higgs on “Liberty and Leviathan,” based on his acclaimed book, Depression, War, and Cold War (Oxford University Press).

Thomas S. Szasz The Thomas S. Szasz Award is a tribute conferred annually by the Center for Independent Thought for the avocation of civil liberties and to encourage others to work to protect personal autonomy from state encroachment.

Robert Higgs Senior Fellow, The Independent Institute. Winner, 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Award, General Award. Author, Depression, War, and Cold War, Against Leviathan, and Crisis and Leviathan.

Robert Spillane Professor of Management Macquarie University Australia. Winner, 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Award, Professional Award.

Andrea Millen Rich President, Center for Independent Thought

David J. Theroux Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Recorded: Wed. December 6, 2006
Experts: Robert Higgs, Robert Spillane, Thomas S. Szasz
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Political Ideology and Philosophy

Is White Guilt Destroying the Promise of Civil Rights?
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Shelby Steele, Author of "White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era"

Recorded: Tue. May 9, 2006
Experts: Shelby Steele
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society

Politics and Protests of the Biotech Revolution
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

For millennia, farmers all over the world have bred crops for their resistance to disease, productivity, and nutritional value. Over the past century, scientists have used increasingly more sophisticated methods for modifying crops at the genetic level. But only since the 1970s have advances in gene-splicing and other aspects of biotechnology upped the ante with the promise of dramatically improved agricultural products. Today, few topics have the power to inspire as much international furor and misinformation as the development and distribution of genetically altered foods. Is public resistance far out of synch with the potential risks? Please join us as Henry Miller, co-author of the new book The Frankenfood Myth, and Bruce Ames, U.C. Berkeley professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, address this critical 21st century issue.

Recorded: Tue. December 13, 2005
Experts: Bruce N. Ames, Henry I. Miller
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Agriculture, Bureaucracy and Government, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology

Immigration Wars: Open or Closed Borders?
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Recorded: Wed. September 21, 2005
Experts: Peter Laufer, Benjamin Powell
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Immigration

Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo 500 Years of State Oppression
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of "Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression."

Recorded: Tue. May 3, 2005
Experts: Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, History (International), Latin America, Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy

How and How Not to Fight Terrorism
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

with Michael Scheuer, author of "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror."

hosted by David Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute

Recorded: Tue. March 1, 2005
Experts: Michael Scheuer
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Terrorism and National Crises

Drug War Crimes
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Each year, the U.S. government spends over $30 billion on the drug war and arrests more than 1.5 million people on drug-related charges. Currently more than 318,000 people are behind bars in the U.S. for drug violations—more than the number of people incarcer-ated for all crimes in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain combined. Have current drug laws deterred drug abuse and reduced crime? What are the real costs of this country’s war on drugs? Is there a link between the homicide rate and the amount of resources given to drug prohibition? Please join us as Boston University economist Jeffrey Miron (author of the major new book, Drug War Crimes) and former San Jose police chief, Joseph McNamara, examine these questions and explore real alternatives to America’s “War on Drugs.”

Jeffrey A. Miron

Boston University Professor of Economics and author of the new book, Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition. His articles on Drug Policy have appeared in Social Research, Boston Globe and the London Observer. He received his Ph. D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Joseph D. McNamara

Research Fellow, Hoover Institution. Former Chief of Police, San Jose, CA and Kansas City, MO. He has published articles in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications. He has been a commentator for NPR and has appeared on Meet the Press, Good Morning America, Sixty Minutes, and other programs.

Ethan A. Nadelmann

Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the War on Drugs. Dr. Nadelmann received his Ph.D. and J.D. from Harvard University and a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. His speaking and writings on drug policy have attracted international attention and appeared in Science, American Heritage, National Review, and others.

Recorded: Thu. May 6, 2004
Experts: Joseph D. McNamara, Jeffrey A. Miron, Ethan A. Nadelmann
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Drugs (Illicit), Government Waste/Pork, Law Enforcement

The Patriot Acts I & II: The New Assault on Liberty?
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

The recent unveiling of White House plans for PATRIOT Act II has raised concerns nationwide about the state of American civil liberties in a time of crisis. Since the attacks on September 11 and the enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act, the Bush administration has clashed with civil libertarians over allegations of constitutional violations and the excessive use of government powers. With an expansion of the PATRIOT Act now before Congress, what do the American people stand to gain or lose from its passage? Is the increased power of law enforcement a necessary response to terrorism or a reckless assault on our constitutional protections? Please join the Independent Institute’s Center on Peace & Liberty and our panel of distinguished experts as we examine the key issues in this crucial national debate.

David Cole

Professor of Law, Georgetown University, and author of Enemy Aliensand Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security

Margaret Russell

Member, ACLU National Board, past Chair of ACLU Northern California, and Professor of Law, Santa Clara University.

James Bovard

Journalist, Policy Analyst, and Author of Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice and Peace to Rid the World of Evil and Lost Rights

Recorded: Thu. November 13, 2003
Experts: James Bovard, David Cole, Ivan Eland, Margaret Russell
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Terrorism and National Crises