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Posted: Mon. June 15, 2015

Independent Institute Acquisitions Director Roy M. Carlisle is interviewed by IBPA Executive Director Angela Bole at the Book Expo Book Convention in New York City. Roy talks about two new books from the Independent Institute: A Better Choice by Senior Fellow John C. Goodman and California Dreaming by Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan. Both books were highlighted at the conference and the authors signed copies of the books for attendees. Carlisle is a former board member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the conversation touches on the Independent Institute’s powerful scholarly book program offering solutions to today’s public policy issues such as water markets, healthcare and education.

Posted: Fri. June 12, 2015

What is a Voluntary City? It is a community built and maintained by private initiative and cooperation, not by the coercive political institutions that many people assume are needed to make communities work. Independent Institute Research Fellow Robert P. Murphy explains with examples of how private initiatives can provide social services.

Posted: Fri. June 12, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland was interviewed on CCTV America. He discusses the impact, both intended and unintended, of military air strikes in the Middle East and Asia. Eland elaborates the difference between air strikes from aircraft carriers and land-based air strikes. He also analyzes how countries such as China react to the US show of force around the world.

Posted: Thu. June 11, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KSOO radio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to discuss solutions to the crisis in underfunded public pension systems across the country. Judges in Detroit and other cities have ruled that pension payouts can be cut for current retirees in the case of public municipal bankruptcies. Transitioning out of public pensions into a 401k-style system would give employees some degree of control over their retirement money. McQuillan proposes a 10% contribution by employers to public employee retirement accounts. The savings could help pay down the debt and it would make good the promises made to pensioners.

Posted: Thu. June 11, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KPRL radio in Paso Robles, CA to discuss the public pension crisis in California and other states, cities and counties across the United States. McQuillan explains how California got into the underfunded pension mess and his plan to resolve the crisis. As in the private sector, public pensions would switch to a 401k-style plan where a 10% contribution by the employer would add to contributions by employees.

Posted: Thu. June 11, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KNWZ radio in Palm Springs, CA to discuss the state of California’s public pension system, and how it came to be in such a mess. The underfunded system threatens taxpayers with the costs of a bailout if something isn’t done to resolve it. McQuillan talks about what is needed to reform the public pension systems across America.

Posted: Thu. June 11, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland appears on Russia’s RT Network show “CrossTalk” to discuss foreign policy and the 2016 presidential election. Eland discusses the potential candidates’ position on war and the difference between Obama’s policies and those of the announced candidates. Eland and the panel analyze Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State, and how she might be “trigger happy” as president.

Posted: Thu. June 11, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KUHL radio’s Andy Caldwell show. McQuillan talks about California’s public pension system and how it is on a road to financial ruin. The state’s pension payout is gobbling up the state’s budget and other services are suffering. Politicians often take “pension holidays” and don’t contribute during periods of economic prosperity and the pension funds suffer even more. McQuillan’s book contains solutions, such as private sector 401k-type retirement plans, which fulfill promises made to retirees and keeps the state solvent.





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