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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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Ivan Eland on Taliban’s POW Exchange
Recorded: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on Canada’s CTV to analyze the recent exchange of an American Prisoner of War for five Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Freedom, History (U.S), Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Stephen P. Halbrook on Gun Talk Radio
Recorded: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich, appeared on Gun Talk Radio with Tom Gresham. Halbrook talks about the Second Amendment and the traditions of liberty and limited government.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Radio
Issues: Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Gun Control, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Public Health/ Consumer Protection

       
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Ivan Eland on FSN Radio: America’s Presidents & Foreign Policy
Recorded: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on The Financial Survival Network with host Kerry Lutz to talk about his book Recarving Rushmore which will be updated in the fall of 2014. The book ranks U.S. Presidents on issues of peace, prosperity, and liberty.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Economic Policy, Government Power, History (International), History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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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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Bruce Benson on the Tom Woods Radio Show
Recorded: Friday, April 25, 2014

Sr. Fellow Bruce Benson, author of The Enterprise of Law appeared on the Tom Woods radio show to speak about the increasing frequency of private police in areas of our society. In an upcoming article in The Independent Review, Benson will update some ideas about private, market-based justice processes and less government police abuse.

Experts: Bruce L. Benson
Type: Radio
Issues: Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Free Market Economics, Law Enforcement, Politics, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Taxes

       
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