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Public Choice And Government Failure
Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hillsdale College Professor of Economics Ivan Pongracic discusses the different motives that exist in the public decision-making process. He utilizes economic analysis to shed light on governmental choices. Presentation given on June 9, 2015 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Experts: Ivan Pongracic Jr.
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Politics, Public Choice Theory

       
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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

       
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Independent Publishing and Independent Institute—An Interview with Acquisitions Director Roy Carlisle
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 2015

Independent Institute Acquisitions Director Roy M. Carlisle is interviewed by IBPA Executive Director Angela Bole at the Book Expo Book Convention in New York City. Roy talks about two new books from the Independent Institute: A Better Choice by Senior Fellow John C. Goodman and California Dreaming by Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan. Both books were highlighted at the conference and the authors signed copies of the books for attendees. Carlisle is a former board member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the conversation touches on the Independent Institute’s powerful scholarly book program offering solutions to today’s public policy issues such as water markets, healthcare and education.

Experts: Roy M. Carlisle
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Health Care, Taxes

       
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The True Cost of Wind | Ryan M. Yonk
Recorded: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Applauded by many governments around the world as one of the cleanest initiatives for the generation of energy, the wind industry is also one of the most expensive and heavily subsidized, compared with other power generation alternatives. Ryan M. Yonk, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, presents interesting and little-known facts, which demystify wind power's efficiency, cost, and benefits for the environment.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Opening
00:10 History of Energy Policy
00:40 The True Cost of Wind
03:45 Federal Policies on Energy Subsidies
10:05 Federal Wind-Related Initiatives
12:05 Production Tax Credit
15:53 Cost of the Wind after Federal Policies
17:25 State Policies: Renewable Portfolio Standards
22:26 Total Costs
24:58 Social and Environmental Costs
27:38 Policy Implications
29:35 Closing

OTHER REFERENCES:
PREZI presentation in this link.

Read the full report The True Cost of Energy: Wind here.

About Ryan M. Yonk
Ryan M. Yonk is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Director for the Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics in the Department of Economics at Utah State University, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University. He received his PhD in political science from Georgia State University.

Experts: Ryan M. Yonk
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Environment

       
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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.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
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

ABOUT STEVEN HORWITZ:
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)

       
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Lawrence McQuillan Discusses the Public-Pension Crisis in the US
Recorded: Friday, May 29, 2015

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.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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Defusing California’s Pension Bomb
Recorded: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Live show to talk about how to right California’s underfunded public pension system. He talks about how California got into the mess and how other states and cities have the same issue.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Taxes

       
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