Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on XMSatellite radios Innovation Navigation show to talk about his new book Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation. The cost of patent trolls is staggering, both in terms of lost work and in court costs and attorney fees. The outmoded patent system in the US is discussed, including proposals for reforming the patent system.
On June 17, 2014, Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan spoke at an event for supporters of the Independent Institute. Dr. McQuillan spoke about Californias 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.
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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.
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.
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.