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    Book Discussion on Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards

    Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke presents his thoughts on the current state of politics in America. The author questions the government’s fiscal discipline and weighs in on…

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    The Life and Impact of Ayn Rand

    Anne Heller and Jennifer Burns talked about their biographies of author and noted libertarian, Ayn Rand. Professor Burns focused on Rand’s intellectual allies and foes, and…

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    Future of U.S. Navy Fleet

    Undersecretary Robert Work spoke about the future of the U.S. Navy’s surface combat fleet. He focused on budgetary constraints and proposals to reduce the size of the surface…

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    Second Amendment Rights and States

    Participants talked about gun control laws and a Supreme Court case scheduled to be argued the following day.
    In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller, struck down…

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    Economic Freedom

    Steven Landsburg talked about the role of economic freedom in driving innovation and growth. He described the impact of the Industrial Revolution on personal income, economic…

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    Eisenhower's Military-Industrial Complex Speech

    A forum was held in honor of the 50th anniversary of President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address in which he spoke to about the military-industrial complex. Scholars compared…

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    Book Discussion on Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life

    Nicholas Philipson talked about his book Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life (Yale University Press, 2010), an intellectual biography of Scottish philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790). The author…

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    Book Discussion on The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

    Financial Times columnist Tim Harford talked about his book, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy, in which he explains macroeconomics and discusses how it…

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    Gun Rights and the Courts

    Panelists talked about U.S. courts and future cases on gun rights. Topics included recent Supreme Court decisions on an individual’s right to bear arms and the right of state and…

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    Book Discussion on The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome

    Kevin Williamson talked about his book, The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure, in which he argues that the…

    1,603 views
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    Recess Appointments Debate

    Law professors debated the constitutionality of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012. The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in…

    1,585 views
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    Book Discussion on The Science of Liberty

    Timothy Ferris looked at the relationship between the scientific revolution and the rise of liberalism and democracy.  He spoke about the topic at the Cato Institute in Washington,…

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    Book Discussion on The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition

    A panel discussion was held on the work of philosopher and economist F.A. Hayek. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. Ronald Hamowy…

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    Book Discussion on The Beijing Consensus

    Stefan Halper argues that China’s political and cultural influence will eventually equal that of the the U.S. and that a genuine partnership between China and the U.S. is not…

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    Supreme Court Health Care Law Challenge Preview, Individual Mandate

    Panelists previewed the Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law requirement that people purchase health care coverage by 2014 or face a financial…

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    Book Discussion on Money, Gold, and History

    Lewis Lehrman talked about his book, Money, Gold, and History, in which he calls for a return to the gold standard, which he argues will help improve our economy. He spoke at the Cato…

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    Book Discussion on Breakout Nations

    Ruchir Sharma talked about which countries would make up the economic success stories in the future. He said that China and Brazil would not be in that group, but India, Turkey, and…

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    Book Discussion on Financial Fiasco

    Johan Norberg talked about his book Financial Fiasco: How America’s Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis (Cato Institute; September 25, 2009). He…

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    Eisenhower's Farewell Address Forum

    The Cato Institute held a forum in honor of the 50th anniversary of President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address in which he spoke to about the military-industrial…

    1,193 views
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    Origins of Freedom

    Tom Palmer spoke about the history and development of the concept of freedom in relation to the rise of large national governments. He gave an historical perspective of freedom…

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