Senior Fellow Ivan Eland appears on RTs CrossTalk program to discuss topics surrounding the US Patriot Act and whether or not Edward Snowden was a hero or a traitor. On a panel with other defense analysts, the US war against terror is debated. The panel discusses whether or not the US government is violating the constitutional rights by collecting metadata of phone calls and emails of US citizens.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on Newsmax TV to discuss the financial crisis facing many cities and states in the US: the fact that public-pensions are grossly underfunded and taxpayers can be left holding the bag. McQuillan talks about how to resolve this pending, man-made crisis in America.
Entrepreneur and Author Peter A. Thiel spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the Independent Institute on January 27, 2015. He shared insights from his new book Zero to One on how to create true innovations in the world of atomsnot just digits and bitsand how to foster a peaceful, prosperous and freer future marked by globalization in a world of limited resources.
On June 17, 2014, Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan spoke at an event for supporters of the Independent Institute. Dr. McQuillan spoke about Californias 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.
"Crisis, Leviathan, and the National Security State" by Robert Higgs was a speech sponsored by The Future of Freedom Foundation February 15, 2014 at the 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington D.C.