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Ivan Eland on the Iranian Nuclear Agreement
Posted: Thu. April 9, 2015

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on the America Tonight radio show with Kate Delaney. Eland discusses the implications of the framework of a deal with Iran to halt their nuclear weapon development.

Why Should We Care If Iran has a Nuclear Bomb?
Posted: Tue. March 31, 2015

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appeared on the Larry Conners USA Radio program to talk about the negotiations with Iran over their nuclear capabilities. Eland believes that the U.S. should give negotiations a chance to work and that any military action the U.S. or Israel might take would require an invasion of Iran. Airstrikes alone would not stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Are Liberals at Fault for the Breakup of the Family?
Posted: Mon. March 30, 2015

Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, author of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis and A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, joins radio host Larry Kudlow to talk about the costs society is bearing for the breakup of traditional families. Goodman talks about how the welfare state subsidizes and enables and even rewards single parent families.

Mary L.G. Theroux | Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty
Posted: Fri. March 27, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Mary L.G. Theroux | Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty
Posted: Fri. March 27, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Stephen P. Halbrook on the Tom Woods Radio Show to Discuss Gun Control
Posted: Tue. March 24, 2015

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich, talks with radio host Tom Woods about the events in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s that led to the disarming of Jews and other so-called "Enemies of the State" beginning with gun registration policies of the Weimar Republic, to the Nazis use of that information to disarm and eliminate any opposition.

C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism
Posted: Fri. March 20, 2015

Originally aired Feb 27, 2015

Independent Institute Founder, President and CEO David Theroux is introduced by Julian Charles on the United Kingdom's Revelations Radio Network's program “The Mind Renewed.” In an address from the Christians for Liberty Conference in August 2014, David Theroux talks about Lewis' world view championing truth, excellence, liberty and other similar virtues, as opposed to the state which often tramples on individual rights and freedoms.

Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War: How Government Can Mold Public Opinion
Posted: Thu. March 19, 2015

What happens when government goes unchallenged, and when questions regarding present or proposed policies go unasked? With the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War, for example, Americans are increasingly wary of foreign conflicts. Yes, American forces are still active in Somalia and are being called for in the Balkans and elsewhere. To understand how government officials may seek to shift public opinion on unpopular programs, John MacArthur has found understanding the precedents set during the war against Saddam Hussein to be most insightful.

In his presentation, Mr. MacArthur will draw upon his widely acclaimed book, Second Front: Censorship and Propoganda in the Gulf War, to scrutinize the government's campaign to tightly control the American media during Operation Desert Storm. With a reporter's critical eye and a historian's sensibility, he will trace decades of press-government regulations – during Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama – which helped set the stage for restrictions on Gulf War reporting and for a government public-relations triumph.

In his talk, Mr. Macarthur will detail the behind-the-scenes activities during Operation Desert Storm by the U.S. and Kuwaiti governments as well as the media's being co-opted while its rights to observe, question, and report were heavily restricted far beyond and needs to protect American lives. He will demonstrate how, despite a torrent of words and images from the Persian Gulf, Americans were systematically and deliberately kept in the dark about events, politics, and simple facts during the Gulf Crisis.

Drawing upon frank and startling interviews, Mr. MacArthur will discuss how the Pentagon, after locking out the press in Grenada and Panama, pooled, censored, and escorted the media under armed guard in the gulf to a degree seldom seen before in America's wars. As a result. the media may have merely become glorified government stenographers, uncritically accepting such stories as the Kuwaiti babies being snatched from incubators by Iraqui soldiers, the precision of "smart bombs," the exaggerated size and morale of Hussein's forces, and the nature of losses on both sides. In revealing the workings of propoganda, Mr. MacArthur will question the impact and need for such extraordinary government power.