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California's Public Pension Crisis— An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KFIV radio in Modesto. McQuillan discusses the man-made financial tsunami that is threatening California: the underfunded public employee pension system. The crisis threatens to bankrupt the state unless it reforms its pension system to a 401k-style contribution plan, that is common in the private sector. McQuillan’s plan will not effect current retirees, but would reform the system over decades to avoid a catastrophe.

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

       
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How Did We Get into the Pension Mess? — An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of "California Dreaming" appears on KVSF radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. McQuillan explains how cities and states in the US are in danger of bankruptcies due to underfunding public pension funds. A reduction in services is the result in communities across the country because money is being “devoured” by pension systems, according to McQuillan.

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

       
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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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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

       
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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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C.S. Lewis on Natural Law and Liberty
Inaugural Presentation: Center for Western Civilization, Berkeley, California

Recorded: Sunday, April 26, 2015

Drawing on C.S. Lewis’s varied writings—fiction for both adults and children, non-fiction essays and scholarly treatises, poetry, and extensive correspondence with people from all walks of life—Independent Institute President David Theroux presents Lewis’s highly developed, Judeo-Christian philosophical insights into our relationship with power and human aspirations. From his declining an offer of knighthood to his keen essays such as “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment,” C.S. Lewis’s timeless thinking provides rich insights into how to apply natural-law principles to our world and the challenges we all face today.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Democracy, Education, Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Government Waste/Pork, History (International), Law Enforcement, Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Religion, Science, Technology, Welfare

       
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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

       
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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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