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, Ms. Theroux is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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Obama Is Half Right about Katrina



Speaking in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama declared: What started out as a natural disaster became a man-made one—a failure of government to look out for its own citizens. He then, typically, dissembled the argument, pointing to a mish-mash of “economic inequality ... a country that tolerated poverty.”...
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Safe, Legal, and Rare, Part 2: Legal?



40 years following Roe v. Wade, we have been taking a look at how reality accords with the promised outcome of the ruling that abortion would become “safe, legal, and rare.” Last time, we looked at “Safe.” Today, let’s look at “Legal.” First, definitions. Legal can mean either, “according to the laws of man,”...
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Safe, Legal, and Rare, Part I: Safe?



In the historic debate over abortion, the “pro-choice” mantra was “Safe, Legal, and Rare”: the argument being that if abortion were legalized, it would be both safer than oft-cited “back alley” abortion, and, coupled with an expansion of sex education and access to contraception, would become increasingly rare. In light of the continuing release...
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Government Failure Compounds Denial in Abortion Policy



Further to last week’s post on denial as a basis for abortion policy, such denial in large part is no doubt a function of most Americans’ perception of how government works. According to high school civics classes, government functions to protect us from bad meat, bad medicine, bad buildings, and bad guys in general....
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Love Gov: “Too Real”?



As part of our recent exhibit at the FreedomFest conference, we continuously screened our new online video series Love Gov. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, each of the approximately 5-minute episodes deals with one of the five key issues that the Harvard Institute of Politics, Pew Research, and other...
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Is Denial a Good Basis for Abortion Policy?



Once again, a political sideshow is likely to be the sole outcome from the revelations in the recent Planned Parenthood videos, drowning out what could have been an important conversation around another perennially politicized issue. As could have been a good starting point, the videos show definitely that abortion involves far more than the...
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Harassment Ruled a Protected Union Activity



In an advisory to employers, the California Chamber of Commerce provides this not-very-useful recap of a recent National Labor Relations Board decision: Employers have an obligation to investigate and take appropriate corrective action for employee misconduct; at the same time, employees have a protected right to discuss union activities. In a 2012 decision, the...
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None “Heil” Trump



America is a country founded on the principle—regardless of how imperfectly carried out in practice—that all men* are created equal. We celebrate and honor the value of the individual, endowed irrevocably with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We cherish the American Dream that, regardless of the circumstances of birth,...
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Government’s Demonstrated Security Incompetence Warrants Abolishing Its Powers



The pro-surveillance state narrative says that 9/11 resulted from U.S. security agencies’ “Failure to connect the dots.” Apparently this “failure” stemmed from there being too few agencies and/or their having too-limited powers, because its “correction” necessitated the creation of the new Department of Homeland Security (is the purpose of the Defense Department—which failed to...
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Whose Fossil Fuel Use Will G7 Leaders Reduce by 70%?



Our global political masters met in Germany this week: see how green they are? They’re walking ... in a field: can’t get any greener than that! And, as usual, they are coming up with the definitive solutions to the greatest threats of today: the end of the use of fossil fuels—in 85 years. No...
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