Mary Theroux Archive

Mary L. G. Theroux is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, she is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of both San Francisco and Alameda County, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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Real Women Don’t Want the Government to Get Them in the Boardroom



Senate Bill 826 serves as yet another example of Government waste an incompetency.

The Golden Retriever Index



Happy days are indeed here again!

Brave New World of Nuanced Genders and Binary Ideas; or: Fiddling with Roe v. Wade While Rome Burns



The streets of San Francisco are riddled with an estimated 8,000 homeless, ranging from the young who rejected or were rejected by their families; to vets so scarred they cannot rejoin the society they thought they went to war to protect; to the down-on-their luck or just plain not ready for real life. Within...
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Cesar Chavez: Sanctuary City Hero or Bully?



Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf yesterday declared her willingness to go to jail to protect her “sanctuary city” policy, attacking the “bully in chief” for “trying to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” i.e., undocumented migrants. She may want to rethink Oakland’s continuing to pay homage to an earlier bully against would-be immigrants: namely, the Cesar...
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Washington, DC: Where Torture Is More Forgivable than Harassment



Less than a month ago, President Trump’s nominee for the VA head chose to withdraw his name from consideration as allegations mounted—which he vehemently denied—of his having created a “toxic” work environment and assorted other peccadillos. Meanwhile, most of us have lost count of how many members of Congress have resigned due to allegations...
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The Gender Gap: Discrimination or Choice?



If you were to learn that the way to achieve gender wage parity is to build a less gender-equal society, would you be in favor of it?

Surprise: Obamacare Projections on Student Loan Profitability Hit a Snag



An often-forgotten provision of Obamacare was its take-over of the federal student loan program.

Tax Cut Doomsayers Need a History (and Economics) Lesson



The recent federal tax cut is creating a lot of fear and angst that a quick historical survey would go far to allay. Consider, for example, this recent opinion piece by two officials of the Council of Nonprofits, “Nonprofits Must Move Swiftly to Fight for Sound Public Policies.” Characterizing the tax bill as unleashing...
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#NotI



On this National Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, I hereby declare a counter-movement: one rooted in women who hold themselves in such a manner that any mere man would cower at the thought of treating her as a sexual object. No, I am not blaming the victims of the numerous accounts now coming to light. Yes,...
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Death by Government Housing (Policy)



The AP reports that “grief turned to outrage” yesterday, as survivors of the London high-rise inferno learned that their government landlord’s “green” retrofitting of the building last year included the installation of exterior insulation panels that fueled the quick spread of fire from floor to floor. Survivors’ outrage is now directed at the current...
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