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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.

Thanks to FreedomFest, Inc. for the permission to post our fellows' presentation. For further information about FreedomFest, go to

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)


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.

Thanks to FreedomFest, Inc. for the permission to post our fellows' presentation. For further information about FreedomFest, go to

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


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


Stephen P. Halbrook: Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control?
Recorded: Thursday, July 24, 2014

With new debates over gun control, renowned scholar, attorney, and author Stephen P. Halbrook speaks on the explosive findings in his new book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Gun Control, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Regulation and Deregulation


Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan: California’s Public Pension Crisis
Recorded: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On June 17, 2014, Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan spoke at an event for supporters of the Independent Institute. Dr. McQuillan spoke about California’s state pension system, a topic he writes about frequently, including in his forthcoming book “California Dreamin’: Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.”

First he defines the types of pension programs for state employees, he outlined how funding for the programs is not sustainable for the promises made to pension recipients. The state admits to an unfunded liability of $140 billion, but McQuillan says that is actually an underestimate. According to most economists, the true amount of the unfunded liability is $430 billion.

How did this happen? McQuillan explains and offers six solutions to keep the pension systems solvent.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy


Dr. Ron Paul “Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom”
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ron Paul, the former 12-term Congressman and Presidential candidate, 
takes a candid look at America’s increasingly dysfunctional political 
system. Drawing on his 24 years in Congress, he highlights the need 
to rein in unchecked government power. The author of numerous 
#1 New York Times bestselling books, Dr. Paul is a leading advocate for individual liberty, privacy, limited constitutional government, low taxes 
and spending, free markets, restrained foreign policy, and sound money.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization


Anthony Gregory: The Myth of War Prosperity
2013 Summer Seminar for High School Students

Recorded: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Anthony Gregory exposes the fallacies behind the common notion that war boosts the economy, showing how it helps some at the expense of others and society as a whole. Talk given on July 24, 2013 in Oakland, CA.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Corporate Welfare, Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Labor and Employment


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