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Stephen P. Halbrook on Freedom & Prosperity Radio Show
Recorded: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State” appeared on Freedom & Prosperity radio to talk about his latest book. In the 1930's in Germany, the misuse of records resulted in the confiscation of weapons from Jews and other "enemies of the state." The Nazi party was able to consolidate power using the gun registration records of the Weimar republic. Stephen Halbrook speaks about the importance of the Second Amendment protections to prevent such actions in the U.S. today.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Radio
Issues: Culture/ Society, Government Power, Gun Control, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Robert Nelson on BookTalks debates Christian Felber on “Economics as Religion”
Recorded: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Economist Tomás Sedláček hosts a BookTalks debate with Institute Senior Fellow and economist Robert Nelson and guests from fields of theology, philosophy and economics. Nelson is author of The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America.

Experts: Robert H. Nelson
Type: Television
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, Religion

       
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Robert Higgs Discusses Effects of WWI on the Tom Woods Show
Recorded: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sr. Fellow Robert Higgs appeared on the Tom Woods radio show. Higgs discusses the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and its devastating effects on people and government.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, History (International), History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Ivan Eland Discusses Economic Sanctions on Russia
Recorded: Monday, June 30, 2014

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on CCTV to discuss the latest round of economic sanctions on Russia, plus the recent events in Ukraine where a passenger jet was shot down in July.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Economic Policy, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Halbrook on Operation Freedom Radio with Dr. Dave Janda
Recorded: Sunday, June 29, 2014

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of author of Gun Control in the Third Reich appeared on the Operation Freedom radio show with Dr. Dave Janda. Halbrook speaks about his latest book and how the Second Amendment prevents events that occurred in Germany before World War II, where gun control and registration laws enabled the Nazi party to consolidate power and disarm Jews and other so-called enemies of the state.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Gun Control, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics

       
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William J. Watkins, Jr. on Patent Trolls
Recorded: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on XMSatellite radio’s “Innovation Navigation” show to talk about his new book Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation. The cost of patent trolls is staggering, both in terms of lost work and in court costs and attorney fees. The outmoded patent system in the US is discussed, including proposals for reforming the patent system.

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Litigation, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology

       
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Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan: California’s Public Pension Crisis
Recorded: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On June 17, 2014, Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan spoke at an event for supporters of the Independent Institute. Dr. McQuillan spoke about California’s state pension system, a topic he writes about frequently, including in his forthcoming book “California Dreamin’: Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.”

First he defines the types of pension programs for state employees, he outlined how funding for the programs is not sustainable for the promises made to pension recipients. The state admits to an unfunded liability of $140 billion, but McQuillan says that is actually an underestimate. According to most economists, the true amount of the unfunded liability is $430 billion.

How did this happen? McQuillan explains and offers six solutions to keep the pension systems solvent.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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New MyGovCost App Demo!
Recorded: Friday, June 13, 2014

How much Washington’s spending is costing YOU? Enter your age, income, and education level and the calculator shows exactly what you’re paying for national defense, welfare, education, national debt, and more even federal programs, as well as the entire federal budget. Along with the calculator, the free MyGovCost iPhone and iPad mobile application contains blogs, Op-Eds, videos, and news from The Independent Institute and MyGovCost.org.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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