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California Golden Fleece Awards Fall 2018: Lawmakers and Government Employees Who Harass
Posted: Tue. January 15, 2019, 1:08pm PT

Winner of the California Golden Fleece Awards, Fall 2018:
Lawmakers and Government Employees Who Harass

For using taxpayer money to settle sexual misconduct claims and shielding the abuse from the public using special laws, offending lawmakers and government employees have been named recipients of the sixth California Golden Fleece® Award. Read more here.

The California Golden Fleece Awards expose waste, fraud, and abuse in California government. To receive this ignoble designation, a spending program, tax, or regulation must violate common-sense principles of responsible government, be considered wasteful by people of varying political philosophies, and must be well documented.

Recorded: Tue. January 8, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV

Is Capitalism a Caring Society? | Robert M. Whaples
Posted: Wed. January 2, 2019, 1:41am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Whaples and Samuel Gregg, Director of Research at Acton Institute on Is Capitalism a Caring Society? Economists Engage the Thought of Pope Francis.

Recorded: Tue. May 8, 2018
Experts: Samuel H. Gregg, Robert M. Whaples
Type: Other Event

Senior Fellow Robert Whaples interview with Carolina Journal Radio
Posted: Wed. December 26, 2018, 3:28pm PT

Senior Fellow Robert Whaples and co-editor of the book Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity? explains to Carolina Journal Radio Program why economists generally hold a positive outlook about the United States' long-term economic outlook.

Recorded: Sat. April 14, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Television

The Pope’s Politics: An Interview with Robert Whaples
Posted: Wed. December 26, 2018, 3:10pm PT

Robert Whaples joined Libertarianism.org for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call for a dialogue on building a truly compassionate society. Pope Francis’s fervent support for uplifting the poor and protecting the environment has inspired far-reaching discussions worldwide. But what is the most effective way to fight poverty? And what value does a religious perspective offer in addressing moral, political, and economic problems?

Recorded: Thu. February 22, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Other Event

Pope’s View on Poverty, Charity and Environment | Robert Whaples
Posted: Wed. December 26, 2018, 1:24pm PT

Robert Whaples, research fellow at the Independent Institute and editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society on theDove TV & Radio, examines the Pope’s views on poverty, charity and the environment and whether they line up with traditional Christian teaching.

Recorded: Tue. March 13, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Television

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on the Jason Hartman podcast
Posted: Fri. December 14, 2018, 3:20pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on the Jason Hartman podcast to talk about economics and Pope Francis. Whaples discusses the Pope Francis and his socialist-leaning economic outlook and how capitalism is a better system for helping the most people, especially in poor countries.

Recorded: Thu. December 13, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

“Your Taxes Pay for Politicians’ Bad Behavior” Lawrence McQuillan appears on KOGO radio
Posted: Wed. December 5, 2018, 10:24am PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, Director of the California Golden Fleece® Awards appears on KOGO radio (San Diego) to discuss how California government officials are shielded from sexual misconduct accountability at taxpayers’ expense.

Recorded: Tue. December 4, 2018
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on the Andy Caldwell Show on KUHL radio
Posted: Thu. November 15, 2018, 10:13am PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, Director of the California Golden Fleece Awards and author of California Dreaming appears on the Andy Caldwell radio show. The newest California Golden Fleece Award was given to the system that allows taxpayer money to pay for state workers' sexual assault settlements. These settlements are often shielded from the public. The new report suggest reforms to make such settlements transparent and calls for due process state workers who are victims or accused of crimes.

Recorded: Wed. November 14, 2018
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio