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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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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Government Schools: Sowing the Seeds of Our Destruction



Several years ago, the Independent Institute honored Andy Garcia at our unforgettable Gala for Liberty (other honorees that evening were Bill Bowes and Desmond Tutu). There was not a dry eye in the house (including his) as Andy Garcia recounted his memories of leaving his home, Cuba, at the age of 5. Once the...
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Why Donald Trump Is Obama’s Logical Successor (And How an App Might Help)



Establishment Republicans have been beating their breasts over Trump’s election no less than Hillary’s supporters, bewildered that a man so beyond the pale could have been the Republican nominee, much less President-elect. Chief among their theories is that a stronger national committee mechanism to identify and back their favored (read: establishment-representative) candidate for the...
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If You Have Nothing to Hide . . .



For years, the national security establishment has been telling us, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” Ergo, the feds ought to be provided complete access to all of our emails, cell calls, internet browsing records, location, private in-home conversations, banking records, credit card transactions, etc., etc., etc., held forever,...
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A Headline You Won’t See in the U.S.



From this morning’s Irish Times: Teachers Defy Union Ban on Assessing Their Students

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