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California's Public Pension Crisis— An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KFIV radio in Modesto. McQuillan discusses the man-made financial tsunami that is threatening California: the underfunded public employee pension system. The crisis threatens to bankrupt the state unless it reforms its pension system to a 401k-style contribution plan, that is common in the private sector. McQuillan’s plan will not effect current retirees, but would reform the system over decades to avoid a catastrophe.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes

       
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Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty
Recorded: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Senior Vice President Mary Theroux is interviewed on radio station KOGO in San Diego to talk about the latest on California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. She discusses the underlying reasons why children are born into poverty and the difficulty of breaking the cycle of poverty.

Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic Policy, Education, Family, Labor and Employment, Politics, Privatization, Race Issues, Regulation and Deregulation, Urban Issues, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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Randy Simmons | The True Costs of Green Energy
Recorded: Monday, April 27, 2015

Senior Fellow Randy Simmons joins WSVA radio's Mike Schikman to talk about the true costs of green energy including government funding and incentives for renewable energy.

Experts: Randy T. Simmons
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Energy, Environment, Free Market Economics, Property Rights, Public Choice Theory, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Are Liberals at Fault for the Breakup of the Family?
Recorded: Friday, March 27, 2015

Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, author of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis and A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, joins radio host Larry Kudlow to talk about the costs society is bearing for the breakup of traditional families. Goodman talks about how the welfare state subsidizes and enables and even rewards single parent families.

Experts: John C. Goodman, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Lawrence A. Kudlow
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Health Care, Labor and Employment, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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Mary L.G. Theroux on KPCC on Repeal of the "Maximum Family Grant" Welfare Rule
Recorded: Monday, February 23, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux was a guest on KPCC radio to discuss California's effort to repeal the "maximum family grant" rule for welfare recipients with children. Families that have more children while on welfare do not receive an increase in their grant. This could be reversed by a new law proposed by Calif. State Senator Holly Mitchell, who was also a guest on the show.

Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Culture/ Society, Education, Family, Labor and Employment, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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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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Peter Thiel | Developing the Developed World
Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future

Recorded: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Entrepreneur and Author Peter A. Thiel spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the Independent Institute on January 27, 2015. He shared insights from his new book Zero to One 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.

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.), Economic Policy, Education, Energy, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Health Care, History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology, Transportation

       
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Peter A. Thiel | Courage Is In Far Shorter Supply Than Genius
Recorded: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In this clip from "Peter Thiel | Developing the Developed World: Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future," Peter Thiel describes how courage to stand out from the crowd is in far shorter supply than great minds.

Experts: Peter A. Thiel
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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