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Robert Higgs: The Welfare State
Recorded: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Robert Higgs discusses the rise of the welfare state in the United States. For information on The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar, click here.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Corporate Welfare, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Regulation and Deregulation, Social Security, Welfare

       
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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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New MyGovCost App Demo!
Recorded: Friday, June 13, 2014

How much Washington’s spending is costing YOU? Enter your age, income, and education level and the calculator shows exactly what you’re paying for national defense, welfare, education, national debt, and more even federal programs, as well as the entire federal budget. Along with the calculator, the free MyGovCost iPhone and iPad mobile application contains blogs, Op-Eds, videos, and news from The Independent Institute and MyGovCost.org.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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Benjamin Powell on Sweatshops as Means to Escape Poverty
Recorded: Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell discusses the unintended consequences of anti-sweatshop activism and the real recipe for escaping poverty: economic freedom.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic Policy, Labor and Employment

       
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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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Ivan Eland: Obama Calls for United Front Against Russia
Recorded: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, appears on CTV to discuss Obama's call for a united front against Russia in response to instability in Ukraine.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power, Nationalism, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises, Trade

       
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Benjamin Powell Discusses Sweatshops on Vancouver’s CKNW Radio
Recorded: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell appears on Vancouver’s CKNW radio to discuss the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Powell talks with host Mike Eckfordabout conditions in clothing factories in Bangladesh and markets for labor and the products manufactured there.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Free Market Economics, Labor and Employment, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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The War on Everything
Recorded: Monday, April 14, 2014

Research Fellow Anthony Gregory, author of "The Power of Habeas Corpus in America," discusses how politicians love to declare war on social and economic issues, and how these "wars" only manage to increase government power while reducing liberty.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, History (U.S), Immigration, Law Enforcement, Regulation and Deregulation, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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