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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 Event
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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Ron Paul: Understanding Liberty
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 In this clip from "Ron Paul: Liberty Defined," Dr. Paul describes how real positive change comes from understanding liberty and economics.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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What Should the Fed Be Doing? Myths, Current Strategies and Alternatives
Recorded: Monday, November 12, 2012

Research Fellow David Beckworth, editor of Boom and Bust Banking, and Research Fellow Scott Sumner, contributor to Boom and Bust Banking, discuss the role of the Fed.

Experts: David Beckworth, Scott Sumner
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Hot Talk and Cold Science of Global Warming
Recorded: Thursday, July 14, 2011

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Based on the latest research, renowned astrophysicist Fred Singer will separate fact from fiction in this raging global warming debate.

Experts: S. Fred Singer, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Environment

       
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Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in America
Recorded: Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Experts: Steven F. Hayward, Robert H. Nelson, Max L. Stackhouse, Alexander T. Tabarrok
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Environment, Regulation and Deregulation, Religion

       
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Bureaucracy vs. The Environment: What Should Be Done?
Recorded: Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Environmental quality has been a major public concern since the first Earth Day in 1970, yet the maze of environmental regulations enacted since has fostered huge government bureaucracies better known for waste and failure than for innovation and success.

Experts: Carl P. Close, Michael Shaw, Randy T Simmons
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Environment

       
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The Frankenfood Myth?
Recorded: Tuesday, December 13, 2005

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For millennia, farmers all over the world have bred crops for their resistance to disease, productivity, and nutritional value. Today, few topics have the power to inspire as much international furor and misinformation as the development and distribution of genetically altered foods.

Experts: Bruce N. Ames, Henry I. Miller
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Agriculture, Business, Environment, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Science

       
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Michael Crichton on “States of Fear: Science or Politics?”
Recorded: Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The late Michael Crichton, author of “Jurassic Park” and “State of Fear,” along with a panel of distinguished scientists, examine the increasing politicization of science.
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Experts: Sallie Louise Baliunas, Michael Crichton, William M. Gray, George H. Taylor
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Energy, Environment, Science, Technology

       
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