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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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When Is Living in Terror Defined as Living in Harmony?



The authors of the new Independent Institute book, Nature Unbound, assert that “human beings are an integral part of the natural order and merit no less consideration than Earth’s other treasures.” To those who do not realize what a radical notion this is in today’s mainstream environmentalism—which views human beings as wholly foreign to...
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So You Think Public Education Is Failing? It Helps to Understand Its Goals



Donald Trump’s base is widely characterized as “low-information voters.” As he continues to rack up primary wins, does this indicate that the majority of voters is now low-information? Meanwhile, a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics of 18- to 29-year olds finds two-thirds of them neutral to Sanders’ self-identification as a socialist,...
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Imprisoning the Messenger



Those behind the prosecution of the Planned Parenthood/StemExpress sting videographers might be surprised by the stunning parallels with an earlier case: that of pioneering investigative journalist William T. Stead, imprisoned for exposing the horrors of human trafficking of girls into forced prostitution more than 130 years ago. Stead was drawn into the anti-trafficking crusade...
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The Difference Between the State Department and Me



You know what happens when the government “requests” information from me as an employer, business or property owner, or taxpayer, and I don’t respond within their deadline? My bank account is seized, my property is seized, and I am thrown into jail. You know what happens when the State Department (or any other government...
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Dear Mr. Obama: I’m Not the NRA, and Keep Your Hands Off My Gun Rights



There he goes again: President Obama pretending that only gun lobbyists care about the fact that the Founders felt so strongly about individual gun rights (on which the Supreme Court agrees) that they made it the Second Amendment. Maybe you’ve seen those ads of pictures of every day, friendly looking folks, with the caption:...
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A Minor Victory for Privacy: NSA’s Bulk Phone Collection Ends



The expiration of the National Security Agencies’ power to collect and indefinitely store all phone records is neither cause for raucous celebration among privacy advocates—nor cause for predictions of doom among hawks for national security powers, such as this by Fox News: The National Security Agency’s sweeping authority to collect phone-record data expired Sunday,...
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The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson



With Thanksgiving upon us once again, we offer a reminder of the economic lesson that made our first Thanksgiving possible: The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson by Benjamin Powell Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest....
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Safe, Legal, and Rare, Part 3: Rare



We have been looking at the record of the actual practice of abortion in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade, the proponents for which promised that legalizing abortion federally would result in abortion becoming “safe, legal, and rare.” We previously examined Safe and Legal, and today examine Rare: First, a clarification. Commenters on...
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Is Seeing Believing in Planned Parenthood Videos?



Few have the stomach for watching the Planned Parenthood videos—among others, Nancy Pelosi refuses to watch them (though I suspect this has more to do with politics than stomach). So how to get to the truth of the claim by Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards that the videos were “heavily doctored”? Certainly watching the...
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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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