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Posted: Wed. April 25, 2018, 2:30pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on the Voice of Reason radio show, and discusses the recent comments purportedly made by Pope Francis that there is no hell. Whaples also talks about the Pope's economics and how the Pope's upbringing caused him to see capitalism as a negative influence on society.

Posted: Mon. April 23, 2018, 4:43pm PT

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of Eleven Presidents, appears on The Lars Larson radio show. Eland discusses the history of US Presidents sending troops to the border to assist US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Eland discusses the implications of using National Guard troops for border enforcement, rather than military and combat roles.

Posted: Mon. April 23, 2018, 4:31pm PT

Pope Francis purportedly told a journalist recently that there is no hell. Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on WCGO radio's "The Hard Question with Blanquita Collum" to discuss the implications of this to Catholics around the world. Whaples says if the Pope doesn't believe in hell, it would be heretical. However, Whaples also adds that the Pope may have been misquoted by the journalist.

Posted: Thu. April 5, 2018, 10:56am PT

Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, author of Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France appears on the Conservative Commandos radio show. Halbrook talks about the recent March for Our Lives by students in support of more gun control after a Florida school shooting. He says demonstrators should protest the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Department for their failures to protect students. Schools and citizens need to be prepared and use force against force in order to prepare to defend themselves against criminals, says Halbrook.

Posted: Wed. April 4, 2018, 10:44am PT

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of Eleven Presidents appears on CNBC to talk about the recent trip to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Eland says this is a major message to the world that China is now on friendly terms with North Korea. China is sending a message that the strategic relationship between the two neighbors is important. Eland says this may be an answer to Trump's strong stance against North Korea testing nuclear weapons and the recent appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor.

Posted: Tue. April 3, 2018, 5:10pm PT

Florida​ recently​ passed a scholarship program called Hope Scholarship Program, to offer scholarships to children who have been bullied at school. Parents can take action immediately to keep their children safe by transferring them to another school, where the student feels safe. The program is completely financed privately. If schools begin to lose students, they will have an incentive to improve safety at the school.

Posted: Wed. March 28, 2018, 9:54am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow James Tooley's presentation at the "Good Profit: How Profitable Business Can be a Force for Good" Conference, co-sponsored by the Independent institute with the Napa Institute at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2017.

Posted: Mon. March 26, 2018, 3:22pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on WMT Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA on the fifth anniversary of the selection of Pope Francis. Whaples discusses how the Pope's ideas on the environment and capitalism are more well known than most of his predecessors. The discussion touches on social justice and how the Pope doesn't see how a market economy can help poor people and also help save the earth's resources.