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Why Freedom Matters More Than Ever
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

David R. Henderson Associate Professor of Economics, Naval Postgraduate School Research Fellow, Hoover Institution Author, The Joy of Freedom: An Economist's Odyssey

David J. Theroux Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Recorded: Tue. December 4, 2001
Experts: David R. Henderson
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Freedom

Conning Americans: How Politicians Create Dependence on Government
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

"Dependence” on government has grown at unprecedented rates over the past 70 years. This ominous trend has coincided with the growth of centralized government power, which at its own discretion is used to regulate, manipuate, or prohibit. Driven by bipartisanship, bureaucracies, and interest groups, and accelerated by presidential ambitions, this trend has been so profound that few today can imagine life without government control. Economist and historian Charlotte Twight, one of the leading experts on politics and privacy, showed how special-interest politics created the income tax, Social Security, Medicare, surveillance of ordinary citizens, and other linchpins of the “dependence-state,” which in turn have made opposition to centralized control seemingly futile. She will then offer a strategy to reverse this trend in order to fulfill the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Recorded: Wed. February 13, 2002
Experts: Charlotte Twight
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Government Waste/Pork, Welfare

The Real Abraham Lincoln: A Debate
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Many Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books and a monument in Washington, D.C., extol his heroism and martyrdom. Is Lincoln’s reputation deserved? Lincoln defender Harry V. Jaffa (author of the new book, A New Birth of Freedom) will argue that Lincoln was a model statesman who stuck by high-minded principles as he fought to promote liberty. Lincoln critic Thomas DiLorenzo (author of the new book, The Real Lincoln) will argue that Lincoln was a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in American history not to free the slaves, but in order to build an empire that rivaled Great Britain’s. Was Lincoln a great hero or a villain? Did he honor the promise of America—or betray it?

Recorded: Tue. May 7, 2002
Experts: Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Harry V. Jaffa
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: History (U.S)

Big Brother is Watching
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

To outsiders, its initials once stood for “No Such Agency.” To its employees, they stood for “Never Say Anything.” Today the public knows that the ultra-secret National Security Agency manages the nation’s spy satellites, but few know exactly why the NSA is the most powerful U.S. intelligence agency—or its roles in the Cold War, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and Echelon, the worldwide NSA spying operation that, many charge, is illegally monitoring innocent citizens. No outsider knows more about the NSA than investigative journalist James Bamford, who began to research it before most members of Congress had even heard of it. In this talk, Mr. Bamford explained why he believes the NSA is a dangerous, two-edged sword.

Recorded: Thu. June 6, 2002
Experts: James Bamford
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Freedom, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Law Enforcement, Politics, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, discusses the writings of C.S. Lewis and Lewis's views on individual liberty, natural law and statism. The presentation was the keynote talk at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX, August 2, 2014.

Recorded: Sat. August 2, 2014
Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Culture/ Society, Education, Family, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Regulation and Deregulation, Religion, Science, Taxes, Welfare

Charity vs Government
Posted: Wed. December 24, 2014

Sr. Fellow David T. Beito appears on the Fox Business News' "Stossel" to debate whether government or private charity is a better way to abolish poverty. Beito, editor of the book The Voluntary City says that government is outdated and its War on Poverty is a failure.

Recorded: Thu. December 18, 2014
Experts: David T. Beito
Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Welfare

Ben Powell on Immigration Myths
Posted: Wed. December 10, 2014

Benjamin Powell debunks immigration myths

Recorded: Tue. May 8, 2012
Experts: Benjamin Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic Policy, History (U.S), Immigration, Politics, Regulation and Deregulation

A Century of Economic Folly
Posted: Wed. December 3, 2014

Research Fellow Burton A. Abrams appears on the "Freedom & Prosperity Radio" show with host Joe Thomas. Abrams talks about his book The Terrible 10: A Century of Economic Folly which contains ten of the U.S. federal government's biggest economic mistakes and the fallout of those mistakes.

Recorded: Sat. November 15, 2014
Experts: Burton A. Abrams
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S)