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Tiananmen Square: 10 Years Later
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

In 1989, during a large peaceful student demonstration in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government deployed its military to massacre hundreds of unarmed students and other civilians in order to stop a growing movement for democratization and individual freedom. Since then, tens of thousands who have spoken out have been imprisoned, tortured and killed, and the government has refused to even admit that such atrocities have occurred. This Independent Policy Forum featured three outstanding experts, including two of the leaders of the original Chinese student movement. They discussed the events then and since, the current movement in China for freedom, and the implications of current Chinese government policies for Americans.

Recorded: Wed. June 16, 1999
Experts: Timothy J. Brook, Jing Chang, Danxuan Yi
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy

Liberty and the Failures of Government
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Walter E. Williams is one of America's best known and insightful commentators on current affairs, politics, and the economy. Millions have read his syndicated newspaper columns or heard his stints as guest host of "The Rush Limbaugh Show." In this special Independent Policy Forum, Professor Williams will examine the results governmental bureaucracies have achieved when attempting to address such problems as health, education, crime, housing, civil liberties, and transportation. His analysis will show how government today is a more of a usurper of rights than it is a protector, and that innovative, free market approaches offer the best hope of solving major social problems.

Recorded: Tue. July 20, 1999
Experts: Walter E. Williams
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Freedom, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy

Guns and Violent Crime
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

With the recent school massacre in Littleton, Colorado; the shootings of Jewish children in Los Angeles; and rampant drive-by shootings and other atrocities, what can and should be done to protect the innocent against violence in American society? Can government protect the citizenry against gun-related violence? What is the record of individual self-defense against violence in Britain and the U.S.? In this very timely Independent Policy Forum, acclaimed historian Joyce Lee Malcolm and civil rights attorney Don Kates will examine gun laws, violence, and rights.

Recorded: Tue. September 21, 1999
Experts: Don B. Kates Jr., Joyce Lee Malcolm
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Gun Control, Law Enforcement

The Civil War: Liberty and American Leviathan
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

The Civil War was a great turning point in American history. It abolished the evil of slavery, established federal power over the states, and—paradoxically—created precedents that restrict individual freedom today. The ideas and personalities of the Civil War are forever etched in our memory, but they are not merely of historic interest. Based on their acclaimed books, Henry Mayer and Jeffrey Rogers Hummel will discuss the abolitionists, political and business interests, war mobilization and conduct, etc.—and how they continue to shape American society.

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel Professor of Economics, Golden Gate University

Henry E. Mayer National Book Award Finalist Author, All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

Recorded: Wed. November 17, 1999
Experts: Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Henry E. Mayer
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: History (U.S)

Freedom, Terror, and Falsehoods: Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

The 20th Century has witnessed state-sponsored carnage on an unprecedented scale. What made this era so susceptible to Hitler’s “Final Solution,” Stalin’s Gulag, Mao’s “Great Leap Forward,” Pol Pot’s killing fields, and other atrocities? Does the answer lie in the rogue ideologies that found acceptance among society’s intellectual elites—“isms” that elevated the dictates of the State over the rights of the individual and the institutions of civil society? Celebrated historian Robert Conquest discusses the rise of these ideologies—and how to protect the 21st Century from their destructive grip.

Recorded: Wed. January 19, 2000
Experts: G. Robert A. Conquest
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Terrorism and National Crises

Global Warming: Science Fact or Fiction?
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Subscribe: Is global warming real, imminent, and a threat to human life? Have such predictions been established scientifically? The proposed Global Climate Treaty calls for extensive government controls to reduce fossil fuel use. Yet, there is no scientific consensus to support global-warming pessimism. Would the proposed massive 'carbon' taxes and other controls put our society- especially those most disadvantaged- at great risk? Based on his widely acclaimed book, renowned astrophysicist Fred Singer will separate fact from fiction in this raging global warming debate.

S. Fred Singer

President, Science and Environmental Policy Project

First Director, U. S. Weather Satellite Service

Author, Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate.

Recorded: Tue. February 15, 2000
Experts: S. Fred Singer
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Environment, Science

Affirmative Action: Pros and Cons
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Begun in the 1960s, government affirmative action policies are now in retreat in California, Washington, Florida, and many other states and localities in the U.S. Will such changes end America's racial divide or merely intensify it? Can the American Dream be colorblind or are racial preferences necessary to right the wrongs of past discrimination? Is affirmative action a force for fairness and justice or instead merely a "feel good" policy that cloaks the real barriers to social and economic advancement for the most disadvantaged? Ward Connerly and William Bagley, two distinguished members of the Board of Regents at the University of California, will debate this very timely and crucial issue.

Recorded: Tue. April 25, 2000
Experts: William T. Bagley, Ward A. Connerly
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Race Issues

Pearl Harbor: Official Lies in an American War Tragedy?
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

The great question of Pearl Harbor: what did U.S. government officials know and when did they know it? Ithas been argued for years. After decades of Freedom of Information Act requests, Robert Stinnett was finally able to examine the long-hidden evidence, shattering every shibboleth of Pearl Harbor. He finds that not only was the attack expected, it was deliberately provoked through an eight-step program devised by the Navy for President Franklin Roosevelt. Could Pearl Harbor have neither been an "accident" nor a mere "failure" of U.S. intelligence nor a "brilliant" Japanese military coup? Could the tragedy at Pearl Harbor have been a carefully orchestrated design, initiated at the highest government levels in order to galvanize a peace-loving American public to go to war? Robert Stinnett will discuss this startling issue in detail.

Robert B. Stinnett

Former Journalist, Oakland Tribune and BBC.

Author of the books, George Bush: His World War II Years and Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor.

Recorded: Wed. May 24, 2000
Experts: Robert B. Stinnett
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Government Secrecy, History (International), History (U.S), Nationalism, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises