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Public Choice And Government Failure
Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hillsdale College Professor of Economics Ivan Pongracic discusses the different motives that exist in the public decision-making process. He utilizes economic analysis to shed light on governmental choices. Presentation given on June 9, 2015 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Experts: Ivan Pongracic Jr.
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Politics, Public Choice Theory


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


The Explosion of Patent Litigation
Recorded: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr., author of Patent Trolls, appeared on the Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV. Watkins talks about patent trolls, who are costing billions to the US economy by filing lawsuits against innovators. The result of these lawsuits slows the process of new technology and stifles innovation.

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Free Market Economics, Litigation, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology


C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism
Recorded: Saturday, August 2, 2014

David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, discusses the writings of C.S. Lewis and Lewis's views on individual liberty, natural law and statism. The presentation was the keynote talk at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX, August 2, 2014.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Culture/ Society, Education, Family, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Regulation and Deregulation, Religion, Science, Taxes, Welfare


Michael Thomas: Division of Labor and Free Trade
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Thomas breaks down the factors that go into a free trade economy and how division of labor plays into the equation.

For information on The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar, click here.

Experts: Michael D. Thomas
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization, Public Choice Theory, Regulation and Deregulation


Lawrence McQuillan: Economic Freedom
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lawrence McQuillan discusses Economic Freedom.

For information on The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar, click here.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, Property Rights, Public Choice Theory, Regulation and Deregulation


Randy T. Simmons on Public Choice Theory
2012 Summer Seminar for College Students

Recorded: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This presentation is from our 2012 Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar for college students, which was held from July 30 to August 3, 2012, at Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California.
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Experts: Randy T Simmons
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Economic Policy, Public Choice Theory


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


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