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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.


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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The War on Everything
Recorded: Monday, April 14, 2014

Research Fellow Anthony Gregory, author of "The Power of Habeas Corpus in America," discusses how politicians love to declare war on social and economic issues, and how these "wars" only manage to increase government power while reducing liberty.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, History (U.S), Immigration, Law Enforcement, Regulation and Deregulation, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ron Paul: All You Have To Do Is Scare Them
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 In this clip from "Ron Paul: Liberty Defined," Dr. Paul talks about how governments instill fear in populations through propaganda.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Democracy, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Dr. Ron Paul “Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom”
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ron Paul, the former 12-term Congressman and Presidential candidate, 
takes a candid look at America’s increasingly dysfunctional political 
system. Drawing on his 24 years in Congress, he highlights the need 
to rein in unchecked government power. The author of numerous 
#1 New York Times bestselling books, Dr. Paul is a leading advocate for individual liberty, privacy, limited constitutional government, low taxes 
and spending, free markets, restrained foreign policy, and sound money.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization

       
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Dr. Ron Paul “Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom”
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Ron Paul, the former 12-term Congressman and Presidential candidate, 
takes a candid look at America’s increasingly dysfunctional political 
system. Drawing on his 24 years in Congress, he highlights the need 
to rein in unchecked government power. The author of numerous 
#1 New York Times bestselling books, Dr. Paul is a leading advocate for individual liberty, privacy, limited constitutional government, low taxes 
and spending, free markets, restrained foreign policy, and sound money.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Burton Abrams on KKSF's Bob Zadek Radio Show
Recorded: Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Research Fellow Burton A. Abrams appeared on the "Bob Zadek Radio Show" on KKSF in San Francisco. Abrams talks about the MyGovCost calculator and his book The Terrible 10 and the top ten economic blunders in the last century.

Experts: Burton A. Abrams
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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