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IPI Policy Basics Podcast

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.

January 28, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What is Net Neutrality, and Why Doesn't It Matter? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti, joined by Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, explains that while the meaning of “net neutrality” has morphed several times over the last decade, it has always been driven by a distrust of privately owned networks, a bias against private ownership of infrastructure, and trust that government regulation makes things better.

January 21, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: The Government and the Country Are Not the Same Things (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains that government is itself a special interest, and it more often looks after its own interests than those of the country. Too often, policy and political discussions talk about the federal government as if it is a proxy for the country. But more often than not, what’s best for the federal government is not what’s best for the country, and vice versa. In this podcast Tom is ably assisted by IPI Director of Development & Events, Addie Crimmins.

January 14, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Consumer Welfare Should Always Come First (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti, with the help of Dr. Merrill Matthews, explains why policy should put what’s best for consumers ahead of what’s best for producers and competitors in the areas of trade and antitrust, and also ahead of what’s best for politicians.

December 17, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: A Primer on Price Controls (Audio: Podcast)

Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how government price controls distort price signals and thus cause distortions in markets, which harm competition, innovation, and consumer choice.


December 10, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: The Knowledge Problem (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains the important policy concept of F.A. Hayek’s “knowledge problem” from his 1947 essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society” and its relevance to policy, central planning, and humility in government.

December 3, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: No One Knows How to Make a Pencil (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains the famous 1958 policy essay “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read, and its clever illustration of the superiority of voluntary economic cooperation over top-down central planning.

November 19, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: Why Prescription Drug Importation Is a Bad Idea (Audio: Podcast)

Importing drugs from other countries was first embraced by Democrats and now by some Republicans as a way of lowering Americans’ drug spending. But if there’s such a great demand, why has it never worked when implemented at scale? And why won’t anyone take FL Governor Ron DeSantis’ $30 million offer for a company to implement it in Florida? Hint: It might have to do with Medicare Part D, generic drugs, and the danger of counterfeiting.

November 12, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: The Broken Window Fallacy (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti discusses the “broken window fallacy,” and three key lessons it teaches us about how to think about policy.

November 5, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: Five Key Turning Points in the Quest for US Energy Independence (Audio: Podcast)

Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains the five key turning points that have shaped US energy independence, going back to “peak oil” and the shortages of the 1970s, to the fracking revolution and US oil exports. Part of our IPI Policy Basics audio reference library.

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