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Civil Rights Are Too Important to Leave to Special-Interest Advocates
Posted: Wed. January 28, 2015

Research Fellow Jonathan Bean, author of Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader appeared on WORD radio to discuss Bean's recent Op-Ed about his experience on the Illinois State Advisory Committee on Civil Rights. On Martin Luther King Day, Bean says King's dream of a more just society is poorly served by ignoring viewpoints that disagree with our own.

Recorded: Wed. January 28, 2015
Experts: Jonathan J. Bean
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Race Issues

Is Walmart Good or Bad for America? A Debate
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Richard K. Vedder and Ken Jacobs debate whether the rise of Walmart and similar big box retailers have been beneficial or harmful to the US economy.

Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Economics and Faculty Associate, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University. Professor Vedder is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of The Independent Institute book, "Out of Work," the recipient of both the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and Mencken Award Finalist for Best Book, and the Institute monograph, Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?

Ken Jacobs is Chair of the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center, and a former member of the Mayor’s Universal Health Care Council in San Francisco. He is the Co-author od “Declining Job-Based Health Coverage for Working Families in California and the United States,” and “Hidden Costs of Wal-Mart Jobs”.

David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review.

Recorded: Tue. May 8, 2007

Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economists, Free Market Economics, History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Politics, Public Health/ Consumer Protection

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