Online Conference: Restoring Our Civil Liberties

Online Conference: Restoring Our Civil Liberties


Beginning Tuesday, September 14th at 7 PM and continuing weekly through November 16th, The Future of Freedom Foundation will be hosting an online webinar entitled “Restoring Our Civil Liberties.” Speakers will include Tom G. Palmer, Stephen P. Holbrook, James Bovard, Michael J. Glennon, Richard M. Ebeling, Jonathan Turley, Andrew P. Napolitano, Ron Paul, and Jacob G. Hornberger.

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Date Speaker(s) Time Topic
9/14/21 Tom G. Palmer 7:00 PM Eastern Time The Historical Foundation of Civil Liberties
9/21/21 Stephen P. Halbrook 7:00 PM Eastern Time The Second Amendment Redux: How Will the Supreme Court Rule This Time?
9/28/21 James Bovard 7:00 PM Eastern Time The Twenty Year Post-9/11 War on Liberty
10/5/21 Michael J. Glennon 7:00 PM Eastern Time Civil Liberties and Structural Safeguards
10/12/21 Richard M. Ebeling 7:00 PM Eastern Time Civil Liberties and Economic Freedom
10/19/21 Radley Balko 7:00 PM Eastern Time America’s Worst Law: How AEDPA Corrupted the Criminal Justice System
10/19/21 George F. Leef 7:00 PM Eastern Time Liberty in America — Are We Past the Point of No Return?
10/26/21 Jonathan Turley 7:00 PM Eastern Time Harm and Hegemony: The Decline of Free Speech in the United States
11/2/21 Andrew P. Napolitano 7:00 PM Eastern Time Do We Still Have the Constitution?
11/9/21 Ron Paul 7:00 PM Eastern Time Property Ownership: The Ultimate Civil Liberty
11/16/21 Jacob G. Hornberger 7:00 PM Eastern Time Restoring Civil Liberties in America

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Speaker Bios

Radley Balko

Radley Balko reports on criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He was previously a senior writer and investigative reporter at the Huffington Post, and a reporter and senior editor for Reason magazine. He is author of the books “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” and “The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South” (co-authored with Tucker Carrington). His work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Mississippi Supreme Court and two federal appeals courts. He also occasionally writes about the music and culture of Nashville, where he lives. Honors & Awards:

  • Western Publications Award for Best News Story, 2010
  • L.A. Press Club Journalist of the Year, 2011
  • First Place, Online Commentary or Blog, MD-DC-DE Press Association, 2014
  • The Innocence Project Journalism Award, 2015
  • NACDL Champion of Justice Award, 2016
  • Bastiat Prize for Journalism, 2017

James Bovard

James Bovard is the author of ten books, including Public Policy Hooligan (2012), Attention Deficit Democracy (2006), The Bush Betrayal (2004), and Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty (1994). He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Washington Post, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. His books have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, a frequent contributor to The Hill, and a contributing editor for American Conservative.

The Wall Street Journal called Bovard “the roving inspector general of the modern state,” the New York Times tagged him “an anti-czar Czar,” and Washington Post columnist George Will called him a “one-man truth squad.” His 1994 book Lost Rights received the Free Press Association’s Mencken Award as Book of the Year. His Terrorism and Tyranny won the Lysander Spooner Award for the Best Book on Liberty in 2003. He received the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties work, awarded by the Center for Independent Thought, and the National Rifle Association’s Freedom Fund Award.

His writings have been publicly denounced by the chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Postmaster General, and the chiefs of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as by the Sierra Club, the American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, Washington City Paper, Huffington Post, and numerous congressman and other malcontents.

Richard Ebeling

Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel. Among the courses he offers are “Market Ethics in Modern Society.”

Dr. Ebeling is recognized as one of the leading members of the Austrian School of Economics and is the author of For a New Liberalism (American Institute for Economic Research, 2019), Austrian Economics and Public Policy: Restoring Freedom and Prosperity (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2016); Monetary Central Planning and the State (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2015); as well as the author of Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (Routledge, 2010) and Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom (Edward Elgar, 2003).

He is also the editor of the three-volume, Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises (Liberty Fund, 2000, 2002, 2012), the co-editor of When We Are Free (Northwood University Press, 2014), an anthology of essays devoted to the moral, political and economic principles of the free society, and co-author of the five-volume, In Defense of Capitalism (Northwood University Press, 2010-2014).

Prior to his appointment at The Citadel, Dr. Ebeling was professor of economics at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (2009-2014). He served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education (2003-2008), was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillside College in Hillsdale, Michigan (1988-2003), and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Dallas in Texas (1984-1988).

Dr. Ebeling served as president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics in 2020.

Michael Glennon

Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to going into teaching, he was Legal Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1977-1980). He has since been a Fulbright Distinguished Professor of International and Constitutional Law, Vytautus Magnus University School of Law, Kaunas, Lithuania (1998); a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. (2001-2002); Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Scholar at the United States Military Academy, West Point (2005); Director of Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law (2006); and professeur invité at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) from 2006 to 2012.

Professor Glennon is the author of numerous articles on constitutional and international law as well as several books.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.  Professor Glennon has served as a consultant to various congressional committees, the U.S. State Department, and the International Atomic Energy Agency and has testified before the International Court of Justice and congressional committees.

A frequent commentator on public affairs, he has spoken widely within the United States and abroad. His op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald-Tribune, Financial Times, and Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung. He is the author of National Security and Double Government, published by the Oxford University Press in 2015. His forthcoming book on freedom of speech will be published next year by Oxford.

Stephen Halbrook

Stephen P. Halbrook earned his law degree at Georgetown University and Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University. He argued Printz v. U.S. and other cases before the Supreme Court, where he has also filed briefs in various Second Amendment cases, including the representation of a majority of members of Congress as amici curiae in DC v. Heller. A Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute, he has testified in Congressional hearings on firearm legislation and Supreme Court nominations. His books include The Founders’ Second Amendment; Securing Civil Rights; Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France; and most recently, The Right to Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right of the People or Privilege of the Ruling Class?

Jacob Hornberger

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch.

George Leef

George Leef is director of editorial content for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carroll College (Waukesha, WI) and a juris doctor from Duke University School of Law. He was a vice president of the John Locke Foundation until 2003.

Prior to joining the Locke Foundation, Leef was president of Patrick Henry Associates, a consulting firm in Michigan dedicated to assisting others in advocating free markets, minimal government, private property, and individual rights. Previously, Leef was on the faculty of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, where he taught courses in economics, business law, and logic. He has also worked as a policy adviser in the Michigan Senate.

A regular columnist for, Leef was book review editor of The Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education, from 1996 to 2012. He has published numerous articles in The Freeman, Reason, The Free Market, Cato Journal, The Detroit News, Independent Review, and Regulation. He writes regularly for the National Review’s The Corner blog and for

Andrew Napolitano

Judge Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. While on the bench from 1987 to 1995, Judge Napolitano tried more than 150 jury trials and sat in all parts of the Superior Court — criminal, civil, equity and family. He has handled thousands of sentencings, motions, hearings and divorces. For 11 years, he served as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Seton Hall Law School, where he provided instruction in constitutional law and jurisprudence. Judge Napolitano returned to private law practice in 1995 and began television broadcasting in the same year.

Judge Napolitano has published nine books including: “Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws”; The New York Times Best Seller, “The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land”; “A Nation of Sheep”; “Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America”; and “Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History,” also a New York Times Best Seller. His most recent book is titled: “Suicide Pact: The radical expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty.”

His writings have also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The New York Sun, The Baltimore Sun, The (New London) Day, The Seton Hall Law Review, The New Jersey Law Journal and The Newark Star-Ledger. He lectures nationally on the Constitution and human freedom.
Judge Napolitano received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1972 and received his Juris Doctor from University of Notre Dame in 1975.

Judge Napolitano joined Fox News Channel in 1998 and served for many years as the senior judicial analyst. He also served as host of the popular show Freedom Watch.

Tom Palmer

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network where he holds the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute. Before joining Cato, he was a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Until the pandemic he traveled extensively internationally promoting liberal principles and institutions, which he had been doing since before the end of the USSR and its empire. Civil liberties campaigns on which he has worked include ending the war on drugs, ending conscription (he was a founder and national secretary of CARD, Committee Against Registration and the Draft), and ending the persecution of sexual and other minorities, as well as other civil liberty causes. He has published in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Foreign Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, Global Policy, Eurasia Review, Global Citizenship Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, Boston Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice(Washington: Cato Institute, 2014), and the editor of a number of books on political, economic, and moral thought, most recently including (with William A. Galston) Truth and Governance: Religious and Secular Views (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2021). His most recent book, co-authored with Matt Warner, is Development with Dignity: Self-Determination, Localization, and the End to Poverty (forthcoming; London, Routledge, 2021). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University. He currently lives in Thailand with his husband.

Ron Paul

Former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. While in Congress, he was known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives, never voting for legislation unless the proposed measure was expressly authorized by the Constitution.

Jonathan Turley

Jonathan Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. After a stint at Tulane Law School, Professor Turley joined the GW Law faculty in 1990, and in 1998, became the youngest chaired professor in the school’s history.

He is the founder and executive director of the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS). He has written more than three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of leading law journals including those of Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, and Northwestern Universities, among others. He most recently completed a three-part study of the historical and constitutional evolution of the military system.

Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades, including his representation of the Area 51 workers at a secret air base in Nevada; the nuclear couriers at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the Rocky Flats grand jury in Colorado; Dr. Eric Foretich, the husband in the Elizabeth Morgan custody controversy; and four former U.S. Attorney Generals during the Clinton impeachment litigation. Professor Turley also has served as counsel in a variety of national security and terrorism cases, and has been ranked as one of the top 10 lawyers handling military cases.

He has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues, and is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues as well as tort reform legislation. He also is a nationally recognized legal commentator; he ranked 38th in the top 100 most cited ‘public intellectuals’ in a recent study by Judge Richard Posner and was found to be the second most cited law professor in the country.

He is a member of the USA Today board of contributors and the recipient of the “2005 Single Issue Advocate of the Year” – the annual opinion award for the Aspen Institute and The Week magazine. More than 400 of his articles on legal and policy issues regularly appear in national newspapers.