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The Federal Reserve on Trial
Recorded: Friday, July 10, 2015

In this mock trial organized by FreedomFest 2015, Independent Institute Research Fellow Robert Murphy and Robert Kuttner present their arguments and witnesses to the jury and the judge, performed by Lisa Kennedy for the responsibility of the Federal Reserve on the financial crisis in 2008.

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Experts: Robert P. Murphy
Type: Other Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, History (U.S)


Love Gov: From First Date to Mandate
Recorded: Monday, July 6, 2015

Trailer | Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5

Love Gov portrays the federal government as an overbearing boyfriend — Scott “Gov” Govinsky — who foists his "good intentions" on a hapless, idealistic college student, Alexis. Each episode follows Alexis's relationship with Gov as his intrusions wreak (comic) havoc on her life, professionally, financially, and socially. 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!

Episode 1: An Education in Debt
Episode 2: Protection from Jobs
Episode 3: A Remedy for Healthcare Choices
Episode 4: House Poor
Episode 5: Keeping a Close Eye on Privacy

Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Banking and Finance, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Corporate Welfare, Culture/ Society, Drugs (Illicit), Economic Policy, Education, Environment, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Government Waste/Pork, Health Care, Housing, Labor and Employment, Land Use, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Welfare, Women’s Issues


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


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 B. 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


‪Flunking Professor Bernanke‬
Recorded: Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vern McKinley, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, speaks with James Freeman, WSJ Assistant Editorial Page Editor on Fed Chairman Bernanke's views regarding the financial bailout interventions.

Experts: Vern P. McKinley
Type: Television
Issues: Banking and Finance, Business, Economic Policy


S. Fred Singer Interviewed on KUSI San Diego on Global Warming
Recorded: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Research Fellow S. Fred Singer speaks with KUSI San Diego's David Davis on the scientific and economic issues surrounding the global warming debate.

Experts: S. Fred Singer
Type: Television
Issues: Energy, Environment, Science, Technology


‪Vern McKinley on the Dysfunctional Banking System‬
Recorded: Monday, February 6, 2012

Research Fellow Vern McKinley interviewed on MSNBC’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on the failure of Federal Regulators and the dysfunctional Mortgage/Banking system from the perspective of his new book, Financing Failure: A Century of Bailouts.

Experts: Vern P. McKinley
Type: Television
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Political Ideology and Philosophy


Benjamin Powell on Federal Youth Summer Jobs Funding & Consumer Banking Problems
Recorded: Thursday, January 5, 2012

Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell on Freedom Watch discusses Federal youth summer jobs funding and consumer banking problems.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Banking and Finance, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Urban Issues


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