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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

       
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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

       
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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

       
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Whither America: A Foreign Policy Debate Among Realists, Nationalists, and Internationalists
Recorded: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014 George Washington University, Washington D.C.

"The long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have sparked renewed debate about foreign policy within both political parties. William Kristol recently said that while Republicans generally agree on domestic policy, the real debate would be on foreign policy. Likewise, in the Democratic party, the more hawkish Clinton wing of the party continues its clash with the more dovish McGovernite wing. To focus on these differences, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and The Independent Institute in Oakland, California are hosting a debate among the various foreign policy traditions. Please join us for this necessary and timely debate."

Ivan Eland is the Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute.

Henry R. Nau is the Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Michael Lind is co-founder of the New America Foundation.


Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power, Immigration, Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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The War on Everything
Recorded: Monday, April 14, 2014

Research Fellow Anthony Gregory, author of "The Power of Habeas Corpus in America," discusses how politicians love to declare war on social and economic issues, and how these "wars" only manage to increase government power while reducing liberty.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, History (U.S), Immigration, Law Enforcement, Regulation and Deregulation, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Álvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration and Globalization
Recorded: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

International political commentator and Independent Institute Fellow, Álvaro Vargas Llosa, discussed his book Global Crossings at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Experts: Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Immigration, Latin America, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Benjamin Powell on Immigration
2013 Summer Seminar for College Students

Recorded: Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ben Powell dismantles the economic myths at the center of the anti-immigration position and explains why liberty and human rights require open borders. Talk given on July 18, 2013 in Berkeley, CA.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic Policy, Immigration

       
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Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration, Civilization, and America
Recorded: Friday, June 21, 2013

Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings, describes who immigrants are and why they move, and he compares the immigrant experience today to that of previous eras, identifying far more similarities than differences at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

Experts: Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Other Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Immigration, Latin America, Politics

       
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