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Ivan Eland Discusses U.S. Intervention in Iraq on the Financial Survival Network
Recorded: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appeared on the Financial Survival Network with host Kerry Lutz to talk about the latest situation in Iraq. After the beheading of journalist James Foley, Eland discusses the likelihood of more U.S. intervention there.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics

       
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Robert Higgs Discusses Effects of WWI on the Tom Woods Show
Recorded: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Sr. Fellow Robert Higgs appeared on the Tom Woods radio show. Higgs discusses the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and its devastating effects on people and government.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, History (International), History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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John C. Goodman: What's the Alternative to Obamacare?
Recorded: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Independent Institute Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, author of "Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis" describes how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, with its 27,000 pages of rules and regulations, has omitted some basic market-based concepts that would benefit all consumers. Goodman outlines the changes that would make such a healthcare system function, utilizing his extensive knowledge of the subject. Goodman is known as the "Father of Health Savings Accounts" whose suggestions for healthcare reform have been heard around the country. In this video, he highlights what is wrong with Obamacare, and offers his bold ideas on sensible healthcare reform.

Experts: John C. Goodman
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, Health Care, Politics, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Halbrook on Operation Freedom Radio with Dr. Dave Janda
Recorded: Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of author of Gun Control in the Third Reich appeared on the Operation Freedom radio show with Dr. Dave Janda. Halbrook speaks about his latest book and how the Second Amendment prevents events that occurred in Germany before World War II, where gun control and registration laws enabled the Nazi party to consolidate power and disarm Jews and other so-called enemies of the state.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Gun Control, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics

       
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Ivan Eland on ISIS in Iraq
Recorded: Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of Partitioning for Peace appeared on Canada's CTV to talk about recent events in Iraq, where Iraqi forces have gone on the offensive against ISIS militants. Eland gives his perspective on Iraq's history and how his idea of partitioning of Iraq is still an outcome that would bring relative peace in Iraq.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, History (International), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Eland on CrossTalk: Ukrainian Truce?
Recorded: Friday, June 20, 2014

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appeared on RT television’s “CrossTalk” program, discussing the recent developments in Ukraine. With a new president, will Ukraine now fall under the influence of the west?

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power, History (International), Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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William J. Watkins, Jr. on Patent Trolls
Recorded: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on XMSatellite radio’s “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.

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Litigation, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology

       
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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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