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August 26, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Where Do Our Rights Come From? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains that our rights come neither from government, from the Bill of Rights, or from the Constitution, and thus are not limited to those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Further, if your rights come from government or a document, government can take your rights away by changing the document. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

August 19, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: The Proper Use of Eminent Domain (Audio: Podcast)

Eminent domain, or the taking of property for a public use, is a perfectly constitutional, if sometimes controversial, function of government and government-approved private actors. So long as the constitutional requirements are met—that it be for a public use and the owner receive just compensation, eminent domain is legitimate. But what is a public use? And what is just compensation? And was the Kelo decision right or wrong? IPI President Tom Giovanetti leads a discussion about eminent domain with the assistance of Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews

August 10, 2021

Local Control vs. the State

Tom Giovanetti and Mark Davis (660AM the Answer) discuss the new reality of co-existing with Covid-19 and how this impacts the continuing struggle between state and local control. 

July 2, 2021

Our Declaration of Independence

On this Fourth of July, we invite you to revisit our great charter of liberty by listening to this dramatic reading.

June 10, 2021

The ProPublica Tax Scandal (Audio: Podcast)

This week ProPublica released personal tax information it obtained from an anonymous source, which is a criminal act under federal law. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss why this is such a significant problem, why there are laws against such disclosures, and what might be the policy implications from this incident.

May 6, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Why Attempting to Regulate Speech on Social Media Platforms Is a Bad Idea (Audio: Podcast)

The Facebook Oversight Board released its decision supporting the suspension of Donald Trump’s Facebook account but chiding Facebook for inconsistency and demanding that Facebook come up with clear, equally enforceable rules. This seems like a good time to summarize all the reasons why conservatives should not be attempting to use government power to regulate speech on social media platforms. With helpful contributions from Addie Crimmins, IPI’s Director of Development and Events.

May 6, 2021

Are Social Media Platforms Ripe for Government Oversight? (Audio: Interview)

Tom Giovanetti and Mark Davis (660AM the Answer) discuss the philosophical complications over "Big Tech Censorship" and who truly are "common carriers."

April 15, 2021

Will President Biden's Gun Control Executive Orders Solve Any Problems? (Audio: Podcast)

by Merrill Matthews, Dr. H. Sterlilng Burnett

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews welcomes Dr. H. Sterling Burnett in a discussion of each of President Biden's five points of his gun control executive order and finds they miss the mark.

March 25, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What Is Moral Hazard? (Audio: Podcast)

In this episode, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the concept of moral hazard in public policy, and why every new proposal should be examined for whether it contains any moral hazard. And once you understand moral hazard, you start to see it in almost everything government touches.

February 5, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Our Rights Are Not Absolute (Audio: Podcast)

All of our rights are important and worth defending, but none of our rights are absolute. And assuming a right is an absolute right leads to bad policy thinking, as explained by IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

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