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Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell Critiques Socialized Medicine on Life, Liberty & Levin
Posted: Tue. September 17, 2019, 3:22pm PT

Recorded: Sun. August 25, 2019
Experts: Robert A. Lawson, Benjamin Powell
Type: Television

Richard Vedder: Is Majoring in English Worth It?
Posted: Mon. September 9, 2019, 9:05am PT

Speaking at the Heartland and Acton Institutes, Independent Institute Senior Fellow Richard K. Vedder (author of the Independent book Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America) discusses university financing, bureaucracy and political correctness. He also suggests private funding alternatives.

Recorded: Mon. September 9, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Television

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples appears on Kresta in the Afternoon on the Ave Maria radio network (EWTN)
Posted: Thu. September 5, 2019, 12:01pm PT

Pope Francis is concerned about the environment and calls on people to pray for our seas and oceans. But what is the best way to protect oceans and the environment? The right incentives will help protect the environment says Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, who also is an economics professor, and editor of the book Pope Francis and the Caring Society.

Recorded: Wed. September 4, 2019
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Justice on Trial
The Kavanaugh Confirmation & the Supreme Court

Posted: Wed. August 28, 2019, 4:00pm PT

On June 27, 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy slipped out of the Supreme Court building and traveled to the White House to inform President Donald Trump that he was retiring. The news touched off a media maelstrom, triggering a confirmation process that his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, would denounce three months later as a “national disgrace” and a “circus.”

At this special event and based on her #1 bestselling book (with co-author Carrie Lynn Severino), Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, investigative journalist Mollie Ziegler Hemingway reveals the true story of what really happened during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, based on exclusive interviews of more than 100 people—including the President of the U.S., several Supreme Court justices, high-ranking White House and Department of Justice officials, and dozens of senators.

Nasty politics and unverified accusations of sexual assault became weapons in a ruthless campaign of personal destruction. The Supreme Court has become the arbiter of America’s most vexing and divisive disputes. With the stakes of each vacancy incalculably high, has the incentive to destroy a nominee become irresistible? Will the next time a nominee promises to change the balance of the Court be even uglier and how will this affect the future of America?

Recorded: Thu. August 22, 2019
Experts: Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event

Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?
Featuring Physicists Willie Soon and Elliott Bloom

Posted: Mon. August 19, 2019, 11:50pm PT

Is global warming real? Have any such predictions been established scientifically? Would massive “carbon” taxes and other controls put America and the world—especially the poor—at great risk?

At this special event, geoscientist and astrophysicist Willie Soon separates fact from fiction in the global warming debate. He explains why the forecasts from CO2 climate models have been so wrong—and why solar influences on clouds, oceans, and wind drive climate change, not CO2 emissions. Stanford University physicist Elliott Bloom then comments.

Recorded: Wed. July 24, 2019
Experts: Elliott D. Bloom, Willie Soon, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event

War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure | Ivan Eland
Posted: Wed. July 31, 2019, 12:11pm PT

War and the Rogue Presidency is an in-depth examination of the history of the congressional-executive tug-of-war over U.S. security policy and why reclaiming constitutional standards is essential to restore both an effective national defense and civil and economic liberties.

Recorded: Wed. July 31, 2019
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Independent Institute TV

“CA Fire Prevention” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KAHI radio
Posted: Wed. July 31, 2019, 11:10am PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan is interviewed on KAHI radio. McQuillan is the Director of the Independent Institute's California Golden Fleece® Awards recently given to California Fire Agencies for not doing enough to prevent forest fires which can spread to urban areas.

Recorded: Thu. July 25, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

An Evening with Jordan B. Peterson
The Meaning and Reality of Individual Sovereignty

Posted: Tue. July 30, 2019, 8:19am PT

On May 2, 2019, in San Francisco, the Independent Institute hosted this special program with Jordan B. Peterson, Ph.D., the world-renowned clinical psychologist and author of the international bestseller, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos." A courageous and articulate champion of free speech, individual liberty, personal responsibility, civic virtue, the rule of law, and the Judeo-Christian values that underpin Western Civilization, Dr. Peterson’s expertise spans the sciences, the humanities, mythology, theology, and more, he provides incisive critiques of political correctness, identity politics, moral relativism, collectivism, and statism.

Introduced and welcomed by Independent President David J. Theroux, Dr. Peterson addresses the fundamental question of “The Meaning and Reality of Individual Sovereignty.” By no means self-evident for many people today, why has the idea of individual sovereignty been granted the primacy of place that it has been given? Paraphrasing how the introductory statements in the Declaration of Independence are formulated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident and that people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that they’re equal, and that government is to govern by the consent of individuals.”

And yet, the proposition that these truths as laid out in the Declaration are self-evident is no longer accepted by a large number of people in the modern intellectual world, especially among post-modernists, Marxists, and collectivists on the left and right. In his presentation, Dr. Peterson examines the roots of the essential proposition of individual sovereignty, and then how each of us can overcome life’s biggest obstacles, improve oneself and society, explore the meaning of life, and secure the fabric and institutions of free societies.

After his presentation, Dr. Peterson is joined in a conversation with Mary L. G. Theroux (Senior Vice President, Independent Institute) and Graham H. Walker, Ph.D. (Executive Director, Independent Institute). In the subsequent Part 2, Dr. Peterson addresses questions from the audience.

The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, public-policy research and educational organization that shapes ideas into profound and lasting impact. The mission of Independent is to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity. Applying independent thinking to issues that matter, the Independent Institute creates transformational ideas for today’s most pressing social and economic challenges. The results of this work are published as books, the quarterly journal, "The Independent Review," and other publications and form the basis for numerous conference and media programs. By connecting these ideas with other organizations and networks, Independent seeks to inspire action that can unleash an era of unparalleled human flourishing at home and around the globe.

Recorded: Thu. May 2, 2019
Experts: Jordan B. Peterson, David J. Theroux, Mary L. G. Theroux, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute Event