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Public Pension Crisis—Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KQED radio’s Forum
Recorded: Monday, July 6, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming is interviewed by Michael Krasny on KQED radio’s Forum program. McQuillan tells of his plan to resolve the pension crisis in California and other states by switching from the current system to a 401(k) style of retirement plan, as most private sector companies use. This way, McQuillan argues, the public employee retirement system would be portable and transparent while remaining solvent.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Power, Labor and Employment, Taxes


Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi—An Interview with Clifford F. Thies
Recorded: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Clifford F. Thies, author of The Independent Review article Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi, is interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” about the state of Mississippi defaulting on its loans in the 1840s. Other states defaulted on loans during this period, but most reconciled with debtors, but not Mississippi. Mississippi repudiated its debts, refusing to pay them.

Experts: Clifford F. Thies
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, History (U.S)


Freedom Act, Patriot Act or Status Quo Act
Recorded: Monday, June 8, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland appears on RT’s 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.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Privacy


The Great Depression & the Gilded Age of America | Steven Horwitz
Recorded: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Professor Steven Horwitz contrasts the US economy during the Gilded Age (1870s to the early twentieth century—a period of industrialization and the growth of wealth—with the Great Depression (1929-39). He traces the role played by innovation and industrialization as well as the role of the federal government and the Federal Reserve System throughout these two contrasting periods.

00:00 Initial credits
00:07 The Gilded Age
09:00 The Progressive Era
14:53 The Federal Reserve and the Great Depression
20:16 The high school "story" about the Great Depression
21:18 What caused the Great Depression and why did it last so long?
23:00 1920-1929
25:00 1929-1933
28:37 The response of President Herbert Hoover to the Great Depression
34:11 Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: the same?
41:10 The role of the Second World War
43:54 Conclusion
44:35 Final credits

Steven Horwitz, PhD is is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. A Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, Dr. Horwitz completed his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University

Experts: Steven G. Horwitz
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S)


The Public Pension Crisis Across the United States — An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KLZ radio in Denver, CO. Lawrence talks about the public-pension crisis and how states and cities can change their pension contributions to avoid bankruptcy while honoring commitments to employees.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Taxes


What Americans Should Learn from the British Election
Recorded: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on America Tonight with Kate Delaney to talk about government spending out of control. Eland compares the US money supply and spending under George W. Bush and Barack Obama to eating candy and getting a "sugar high" instead of a good balanced diet. British Prime Minister David Cameron has followed the examples of US Presidents Harding, Coolidge, Eisenhower and Clinton and embraced austerity to bring about long term prosperity.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises


Stephen P. Halbrook | Oral Argument at Appeal of Heller vs District of Columbia
Recorded: Monday, April 20, 2015

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich, presents oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in the ongoing appeal of the landmark Supreme Court case of Heller v. District of Columbia. The case affirmed the Second Amendment rights of citizens for lawful purposes such as self-defense.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Government Power, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, Litigation, Privacy, Property Rights, Race Issues, Urban Issues


Thomas DiLorenzo on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Economy
Recorded: Friday, April 17, 2015

Research Fellow Thomas DiLorenzo appeared on the Kate Dalley radio show on KZNU in Utah to discuss the 16th U.S. President and the economy at the time.

Experts: Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Terrorism and National Crises


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