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IPI Policy Basics Podcast

June 3, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: The CIA's History, Mission and Challenges in a Changing World (Audio: Podcast)

by Merrill Matthews, Kevin Hulbert

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews talks with former longtime CIA official Kevin Hulbert who was involved in counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cybersecurity and covert actions. Their discussion centers on the founding, history, mission and current challenges facing America's premier spy and intelligence-gathering agency.

May 27, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Tax Competition is a Feature, Not a Bug (Audio: Podcast)

The Government Class may hate it, but tax competition is a feature, not a bug. What they call a “race to the bottom” is actually strategic pressure to hold governments in check. Attempts among state or national governments to coordinate tax policy should be seen for what it is—collusion to eliminate competition and unleash ever bigger government. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

May 20, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Inflation Is the Most Miserable Tax of All (Audio: Podcast)

With the undeniable return of inflation, at least for now, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the current causes of inflation and the return of the “Misery Index.”

May 13, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Pro-Markets, not Pro-Business (Audio: Podcast)

There’s a reason we describe ourselves as pro-markets and not as pro-business, but too many times policymakers don’t seem to know the difference and think they are supposed to be representing the interests of businesses. But if consumer welfare is the goal, policymakers should defend markets rather than businesses. IPI president Tom Giovanetti rants about his recent experience testifying before the Texas Legislature, joined by Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

April 29, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: 'Right to Repair' Is a Trojan Horse and a Threat to American Innovation (Audio: Podcast)

“Right to Repair” initiatives in the states seem reasonable but are actually Trojan Horse proposals designed to undermine intellectual property protection, but were they to succeed American innovation would be undermined and consumer safety would be compromised. With the assistance of IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

April 22, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What Is Intellectual Property and Why Is it Important? (Audio: Podcast)

In honor of World IP Day, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland discuss why intellectual property protection is important, and why IPI hosts annual World IP Day Policy Briefings.

April 1, 2021

IPI Policy Basics Podcast: No, Markets Aren't Perfect--They're Just Better than the Alternatives (Audio: Podcast)

Those of us who are proponents of free-markets are under no obligation to argue that markets are perfect—just that they are better than the alternatives of pillaging, communism, socialism, and attempts to manage the economy from the top-down by government bureaucrats. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

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.

March 11, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Fixing the Filibuster (Audio: Podcast)

Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti discuss the history of the filibuster, it’s role in the Senate, what’s going wrong, and how it might be fixed without being completely eliminated.

March 4, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Prescription Drug Development and the Miracle of the Covid-19 Vaccine(s) (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews describes some of the hurdles of prescription drug development, why the development of the Covid-19 vaccines is such a success story, and what we might learn from this experience. With comments by IPI president Tom Giovanetti. 

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