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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, 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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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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Safe, Legal, and Rare, Part 2: Legal?



Forty 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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