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Posted: Mon. April 11, 2016, 11:45pm PT

James Bailey analyzes the public healthcare system in the United States. He compares the cost of healthcare in the US to the amount spent in other developed countries well-known for the quality of their service.

Posted: Tue. April 5, 2016

This event was organized by the Independent Institute held on March 31, 1999 in Oakland California.

Introductory remarks by David J. Theroux.

TIBOR MACHAN: Until his death on March 24, 2016, Tibor R. Machan was a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, R.C. Hoiles Professor of Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at Chapman University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Auburn University, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute and Ludwig von Mises Institute, and Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute. Hes is the author of the Independent Institute book, Private Rights and public Illusions.

JAN NARVESON:
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, and author of The Libertarian Idea.

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

Posted: Fri. March 25, 2016

Robert Higgs, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute speaks at the Cato Institute about his latest book, “Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy,” a collection of ninety-nine short pieces on a range of subjects including economic analysis, law, politics, and remembrances of colleagues.

This video was produced by Cato Institute, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Posted: Thu. March 24, 2016

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland is interviewed on the Larry Conners USA radio show on KTRS. Eland says the 50 years of trying to get rid of the Castro brothers has not worked and it’s time for a different policy. Now that the Cold War is over, says Eland, Cuba’s future may be democracy, but not all countries would make good democracies. Cuba must open its economy in some way, he says, because the country needs capital.

Posted: Wed. March 23, 2016

Recorded at TEDxNewCastle. July 22, 2015.

Without numbers, a great many myths about education and educational provision would go unchallenged. Before Independent Institute Senior Fellow James N. Tooley started his work (with colleagues) on low-cost private schools, the accepted wisdom was that only government education could provide for the poor in developing countries. In this TEDx talk Professor Tooley explores these myths and shares his findings. Professor Tooley has published widely on the role of government in education. His particular focus is on the phenomenon of low-cost private schools in developing countries. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at TED.

Posted: Tue. March 22, 2016

Walmart has recently closed stores worldwide and part of the reason some stores closed is because of recent raises in minimum wages, above the federal minimum requirements. Abigail R. Hall Blanco speaks about businesses and the profit margins they have and the effects of higher wage costs imposed on them. KGO Radio, March 22, 2016

Posted: Tue. March 22, 2016

Presidential candidates have said there must be major changes to the Social Security program, which is on a path to bankruptcy. Research Fellow Craig Eyermann talks about the complex system and the factors that determine how sustainable the system is.
KGO Radio, March 21, 2016

Posted: Tue. March 22, 2016

Robert P. Murphy at the International Students for Liberty Conference 2016 Robert P. Murphy is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, President of Consulting by RPM, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, and Associated Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
He is the author of the book "Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action". To buy the book follow link.