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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.


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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Ron Paul: Whistleblowers are Heroes
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In this clip from "Ron Paul: Liberty Defined," Dr. Paul calls out the U.S. government for rewarding criminals and punishing whistleblowers.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Ron Paul: Understanding Liberty
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 In this clip from "Ron Paul: Liberty Defined," Dr. Paul describes how real positive change comes from understanding liberty and economics.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Dr. Ron Paul “Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom”
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ron Paul, the former 12-term Congressman and Presidential candidate, 
takes a candid look at America’s increasingly dysfunctional political 
system. Drawing on his 24 years in Congress, he highlights the need 
to rein in unchecked government power. The author of numerous 
#1 New York Times bestselling books, Dr. Paul is a leading advocate for individual liberty, privacy, limited constitutional government, low taxes 
and spending, free markets, restrained foreign policy, and sound money.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization

       
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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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P.J. O'Rourke “Talkin’ ’Bout His Generation”
Recorded: Thursday, February 13, 2014

P.J. O'Rourke, a Member of the Board of Advisors for the Independent Institute, is America’s leading political humorist and the best-selling author of over twenty books. He spoke at an event held on February 13, 2014 at the Independent institute in Oakland, CA.

Experts: P. J. O’Rourke
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Entertainment, 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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Gregory: The Future of Liberty
2013 Summer Seminar for High School Students

Recorded: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Anthony Gregory discusses the long-term struggle between liberty and political power, telling his audience of high school students that the future is in their hands. Talk given on July 24, 2013 in Oakland, CA.

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

       
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