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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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Whither America: A Foreign Policy Debate Among Realists, Nationalists, and Internationalists
Recorded: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014 George Washington University, Washington D.C.

"The long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have sparked renewed debate about foreign policy within both political parties. William Kristol recently said that while Republicans generally agree on domestic policy, the real debate would be on foreign policy. Likewise, in the Democratic party, the more hawkish Clinton wing of the party continues its clash with the more dovish McGovernite wing. To focus on these differences, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and The Independent Institute in Oakland, California are hosting a debate among the various foreign policy traditions. Please join us for this necessary and timely debate."

Ivan Eland is the Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute.

Henry R. Nau is the Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Michael Lind is co-founder of the New America Foundation.


Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power, Immigration, Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Water Fight
Recorded: Friday, March 7, 2014

Senior Fellow Randy T. Simmons, co-editor of Aquanomics, looks at the battles over water in the western United States. Thirsty citizens of growing cities, farmers, factories and environmentalists are in a fight for a natural resource that is priced arbitrarily. Its value is determined not by the free market, but by bureaucrats. Outdated government reclamation projects and water policies have put residents of the Golden State at the mercy of the weather, and of government's mandatory regulations.

Experts: Randy T. Simmons
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Business, Economic Policy, Environment, Land Use, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Obama and Putin: A Summit that Wasn’t
Recorded: Friday, August 9, 2013

In a cold war of words, President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin he wouldn’t attend a Moscow summit in September. Research Fellow Anthony Gregory compares the two leaders’ record on human rights and asks why they would even meet in the first place.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics

       
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Reaction to the Conviction of Bradley Manning by Research Fellow Anthony Gregory
Recorded: Thursday, August 1, 2013

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to protect government whistle-blowers in an effort to be more transparent. When U.S. Army private Bradley Manning was convicted of espionage, Independent Institute Research Fellow Anthony Gregory said it's time to make a choice.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power

       
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Benjamin Powell on Economic Growth and Development: Are We Rome?
Recorded: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Powerpoint A/V presentation by Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell at FreedomFest 2013 in Las Vegas. Powell speaks to similarities of ancient Rome and our modern economic culture.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Ivan Eland at CPAC 2013 “Too Many American Wars” Panel
Recorded: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland at CPAC

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Other Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Anthony Gregory on Rand Paul’s Senate Filibuster
Recorded: Friday, March 8, 2013

Rand Paul's nearly 13-hour filibuster in the U.S. Senate was one of the most exciting events to take place in Washington in the eyes of Independent Institute Research Fellow Anthony Gregory.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Law Enforcement

       
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