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The Road to Freedom and Prosperity
Abolish the IRS, Privatize Social Security and Welfare, End Unfunded Public Pension Liability

Recorded: Friday, July 10, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Fellows John C. Goodman and Lawrence J. McQuillan speak on a panel with Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara at the 2015 FreedomFest held in Las Vegas, NV. The program is moderated by Lewis Uhler, President of the National Tax Limitation Committee.

Experts: Peter J. Ferrara, John C. Goodman, Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Health Care, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Social Security, Taxes, Welfare


Independent Publishing and Independent Institute—An Interview with Acquisitions Director Roy Carlisle
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 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.

Experts: Roy M. Carlisle
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Health Care, Taxes


Defusing California’s Pension Bomb
Recorded: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Live show to talk about how to right California’s underfunded public pension system. He talks about how California got into the mess and how other states and cities have the same issue.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Taxes


Mary L.G. Theroux | Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty
Recorded: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Education, Family, Health Care, Housing, Labor and Employment, Politics, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Welfare, Women’s Issues


Is the Federal Reserve Out of Control?
Recorded: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Research Fellow Vern McKinley, author of Financing Failure is interviewed by The Full Disclosure Network about the role of the Federal Reserve and whether or not it protects American citizens from financial disaster.

Experts: Vern P. McKinley
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy


Developing the Developed World
Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future

Recorded: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Zero to One, Peter Thiel presents his often contrarian ideas about competition, progress, technology, and finding value in unexpected places—to build a future that we have yet to dream, but that may someday become reality. In “Developing the Developed World” he brings these ideas to life, including his insights on how to create true innovations in “the world of atoms”—not just “digits and bits”—and how to foster a peaceful, prosperous and freer future marked by globalization in a world of limited resources.

Peter Thiel is Founder and Managing Member of Clarium Capital Management, LLC; Co-Founder of Paypal, Palantir Technologies, Mithril Capital Management, and Valar Ventures; Managing Partner of Founders Fund; and past President of Thiel Capital International and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Confinity, Inc. He has been a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and he is the author of the books:

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future (with Blake Masters)

The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus (with David O. Sacks)

He co-founded PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and in 2002 sold it to eBay and founded Clarium Capital Management, a global macro fund. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director. The same year he co-founded Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like security and global finance. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, RoboteX, Spotify, and dozens of successful technology startups. He is a co-founder and partner at Founders Fund, a venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb. And in 2012 he co-founded Mithril Capital Management, an international technology investment fund.

Mr. Thiel started the Thiel Fellowship, which ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking about the future. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he received an A.B. in philosophy and a J.D. from the Stanford University School of Law. He further co-produced the film, "Thank You for Smoking," he was rated a master by the United States Chess Federation, and he received the Innovation Award from "The Economist" in 2010.

Experts: Peter A. Thiel
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Corporate Welfare, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Energy, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Government Power, Health Care, History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology, Trade


Charity vs Government
Recorded: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sr. Fellow David T. Beito appears on the Fox Business News' "Stossel" to debate whether government or private charity is a better way to abolish poverty. Beito, editor of the book The Voluntary City says that government is outdated and its War on Poverty is a failure.

Experts: David T. Beito
Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Welfare


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