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News Release
June 17, 2015

Love Gov
A Satirical New Video Series for Millennials that Personifies Intrusive Government

On July 6th, the Independent Institute will launch a new satirical YouTube video series—Love Gov—which personifies the folly, cost, and intrusiveness of government policies, and promotes the organization’s government cost calculator mobile application.

Love Gov is a way to help anyone, especially Millennials, understand the federal government’s ever-expanding reach into personal lives,” says David J. Theroux, Founder and President of Independent Institute. “It’s a lighthearted approach to reach audiences on a personal level, and inspire them to learn more and take action.”

The series, which will premiere on YouTube and is being produced by Independent in association with Emergent Order, depicts the federal government as an overbearing boyfriend — Scott “Gov” Govinsky — who foists his “good intentions” on a hapless, idealistic college student, Alexis.

Each of the Love Gov series’ five episodes follows Alexis’s relationship with “Gov” as his intrusions and interventions wreak (hilarious) havoc on her life, professionally, financially, and socially. “Gov” inadvertently creates excessive student loan debt, expensive housing, underemployment, inadequate and expensive healthcare, and commits personal privacy violations. Alexis’s loyal friend Libby tries to help her see “Gov” for what he really is—a menace. But will Alexis come to her senses in time? Tune in to find out!

The Love Gov video series also connects with the MyGovCost mobile app, that enables users to estimate their lifetime federal tax liability and amounts that users would have earned had their federal taxes been instead privately invested and earned a modest six percent return. The free mobile app can be downloaded on July 6, just before the video series is released.

For more information and exclusive access to the Love Gov trailer: Contact ginny(at)independent(dot)org.

About Independent Institute:
Independent Institute is a non-partisan, public-policy research and educational organization that shapes ideas into profound and lasting impact. Applying independent thinking to issues that matter, it creates transformational ideas for addressing today’s most pressing social and economic challenges. The results of this work are published as books, the quarterly journal, The Independent Review, and other publications and form the basis for numerous conference and media programs. By connecting these ideas with organizations and networks that mobilize movements, Independent seeks to inspire action that can unleash an era of unparalleled human flourishing in peaceful, prosperous, and free societies at home and around the globe. For more information visit and subscribe to Independent's YouTube channel.

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