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Posted: Thu. December 7, 2017, 11:36am PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society discusses how capitalism and private property can achieve some of the Pope's goals of charity and protecting the environment. The Pope says every action we take is a moral action which includes acts of consumption and acts of production. Creating rather than redistributing wealth can lift others out of poverty is one of the main points in the book, according to Whaples.

Posted: Wed. November 29, 2017, 9:51am PT

China’s economic surge over the past thirty years is a story of mass migration—the largest migration in human history—as more than 260 million people left the countryside in search of urban jobs. Author Bradley M. Gardner shares what inspired him to write China's Great Migration.

Posted: Wed. November 29, 2017, 9:28am PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show. Whaples discusses how Pope Francis' call for a dialogue on the environment, charity, and poverty has been answered by economists and property rights advocates in the book. They discuss ​whether capitalism can ​is​ the best solution for many of the​se​ issues the Pope sees ​in the world today.

Posted: Wed. November 29, 2017, 9:17am PT

Co-editor and managing director of The Independent Review, Robert M. Whaples presentation at the Napa Institute Conference held in Napa, CA on July 29, 2017.

Posted: Wed. November 29, 2017, 9:15am PT

Co-editor and managing director of The Independent Review, Robert M. Whaples presentation at the Napa Institute Conference held in Napa, CA on July 27, 2017.

Posted: Tue. November 21, 2017, 5:00pm PT

A conversation about the Future of Liberty with Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Vernon L. Smith, North Korean refugee and human rights activist Yeonmi Park, and entrepreneur Timothy C. Draper, moderated by author P.J. O'Rourke at the 30th Anniversary Gala for the Future of Liberty held on September 22, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.

Posted: Tue. November 21, 2017, 4:53pm PT

Bestselling author and political humorist P. J. O’Rourke presentation at the 30th Anniversary Gala for the Future of Liberty held on September 22, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.

Posted: Mon. November 20, 2017, 2:49pm PT

Throughout the world, America has been known as the “land of the free.” Today however, real life in the United States is quite different from the famous promise. Over the past century, the U.S. government has grown astronomically as the average citizen’s life is increasingly taxed, regulated, and spied upon. In the last few years alone, federal spending has skyrocketed by almost 30%, creating the largest deficit in U.S. history and extensive corporate welfare, pork, and abuses of civil and economic liberties. In his work, noted legal scholar Richard Epstein goes to the root of the problem, addressing the moral and conceptual foundations of liberty and how they have been systematically undermined. Should individuals be free to make their own peaceful choices or should decisions by special interests in the name of the “public good” be imposed by force? What about property rights, taxes, regulation, civil rights, and the welfare state? At this Independent Policy Forum, Richard Epstein and historian and economist Jeffrey Rogers Hummel will discuss why the time has come for a bold new defense of the free society