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July 14, 2022

Should the Federal Government Subsidize Domestic Microchip Manufacturing (Audio: Podcast)

Should national security interests trump free-market proponents’ usual anti-corporate welfare, no subsidy, no trade distortions approach to policy? What constitutes a genuine national security consideration, since using national security as an invalid excuse has been used in the past. IPI President Tom Giovanetti, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, and Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland discuss the legitimacy of federal policies that favor domestic sourcing of critical products such as microchips, pharmaceutical ingredients, rare earth metals, etc. for national security considerations.

March 28, 2022

Conservatives Confusing Policy, Principles, Preferences, Technologies and Business Models (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland discusses several examples of how conservatives can confuse principles with technological preferences and business models. Joined by IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

February 17, 2022

Heritage's Big Tech Temper Tantrum (Audio: Podcast)

We’ve got SERIOUS problems with a paper released recently by our friends at the Heritage Foundation entitled “Combatting Big Tech’s Totalitarianism.” It’s a shocking departure from anything approaching normal policy analysis from a conservative, free-market standpoint, and would empower the genuine, proven dangers of Big Government as a counterpoint to anecdotal assertions against Big Tech that entirely overlook the consumer welfare delivered by these innovative platforms.

February 10, 2022

Heritage Foundation Is Wrong on "Big Tech Totalitarianism" (Audio: Interview)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti joins 660AM The Answer's Mark Davis about the Heritage Foundation's recently published screed against "Big Tech," as well as a lightning round of topics. 

January 27, 2022

The Supreme Court is Not Supreme Over the Other Branches (Audio: Interview)

IPI President Tom Giovanett joins Cardle & Woolley on Talk Radio 1370 to talk about the pending retirement of Justice Breyer from the Supreme Court, Biden's quid pro quo deal for his pending pick, and the role of courts and legislatures in our government.

January 5, 2022

No, Conservatives Should Not Empower Government to Regulate Content Moderation

IPI President Tom Giovanetti joins 660AM the Answer guest host Scott Braddock in a discussion prompted by Twitter’s banning of Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.  In this conversation, Tom reminds the listeners that although he objects to the bias imposed by the company, they are a private company with the rights to make such business decisions and warns conservatives to not let their frustration regarding social media platforms cause them to become a proponent of government regulation of speech.

December 10, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Social Media Regulation, Section 230, and the First Amendment (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland and IPI President Tom Giovanetti have an extensive conversation explaining the origins of Section 230, and the insurmountable First Amendment problems with states trying to compel social media platforms to host speech they don’t want to host.

December 3, 2021

Conservatives Should Not Be Calling on Government to Deliver Results They Desire

IPI President Tom Giovanetti takes the microphone on the Mark Davis show to discuss the ruling this week by the U.S. District Judge's stating the First Amendment protects social media platforms’ right to moderate content, rejecting the defendants’ argument that such companies are “common carriers.”  Bonus conversation includes the topic of music platforms and whether companies have the right to mandate vaccinations for their employees. 

October 6, 2021

Do Recent Facebook Revelations Merit Regulation? (Audio: Interview)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti joins Mark Davis on 660AM The Answer to discuss the recent revelations in the world of social media and the conservative movement to regulate and break up Big Tech. 

September 30, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What Is Compelled Speech and Why Is It Important? (Audio: Podcast)

Most people understand that the First Amendment protects Americans from government censorship of their speech, but more poorly understood is that it also protects Americans from government compelled speech. Government cannot compel private actors to “support” speech they do not agree with, and this has enormous policy implications for both right-leaning efforts to regulate social media, and left-leaning efforts to punish conscientious objectors like Jack Phillips, the Christian baker in Colorado. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

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