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Posted: Wed. December 2, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland is interviewed on CCTV America about security measures taken by the French Government during the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. After terrorist attacks, France has reinforced borders, mobilized 120,000 police officers, and banned large marches that had been planned to coincide with the climate summit.

Posted: Mon. November 30, 2015

Research Fellow Randall Holcombe is a guest on the Larry Conners USA Radio Show on KTRS St. Louis. Holcombe discusses President Obama’s push for shorter prison sentences and why the move is a mistake. The war on drugs has been waged for 35 years. Drugs are impossible to control and their use should not be illegal, according to Holcombe. Transactions among consenting adults shouldn’t be prosecuted, he says. Only if property crimes or violence occurs, should drug users be prosecuted. Nov. 12, 2015

Posted: Fri. November 20, 2015

Robert Higgs discusses our most recent economic recovery and some thoughts on how Keynesians explain events in American economic history. Higgs is author of the book, Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy (2015). Produced by Cato Institute Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Posted: Fri. November 20, 2015

Robert Higgs Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute talks about his latest book Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy (2015) in this interview conducted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus from Libertarianism.org

This podcast was produced by Libertarianism.org, a Cato Institute project. November 20, 2015.

Posted: Fri. November 20, 2015

Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute and author of No War for Oil is interviewed by Thom Hartman for The Big Picture on RT on the terrorist attacks in Paris. He discusses the endless cycle of terrorism in the Middle East and how France can avoid making the same mistakes.

Posted: Wed. November 18, 2015

Professor Steven Horwitz contrasts the US economy during the Gilded Age (1870s to the early twentieth century—a period of industrialization and the growth of wealth—with the Great Depression (1929-39). He traces the role played by innovation and industrialization as well as the role of the federal government and the Federal Reserve System throughout these two contrasting periods.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Initial credits
00:07 The Gilded Age
09:00 The Progressive Era
14:53 The Federal Reserve and the Great Depression
20:16 The high school "story" about the Great Depression
21:18 What caused the Great Depression and why did it last so long?
23:00 1920-1929
25:00 1929-1933
28:37 The response of President Herbert Hoover to the Great Depression
34:11 Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: the same?
41:10 The role of the Second World War
43:54 Conclusion
44:35 Final credits

ABOUT STEVEN HORWITZ:
Steven Horwitz, PhD is is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. A Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, Dr. Horwitz completed his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University

Posted: Mon. November 16, 2015

"The Cheetah Generation is the new and angry generation of Africans who can see that their leadership has failed them ... They're not going to sit there and wait for governments to come and do things for them. As a matter of fact, they're not going to sit there and beg for foreign aid, because they can see that every social need in Africa is a business opportunity. The Cheetah Generation is entrepreneurial." - George Ayittey, Economist (Ghana) Video produced by PovertyCure.Org

Posted: Mon. November 16, 2015

George Ayittey speaks at San Francisco Freedom Forum 2012