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Stephen P. Halbrook | Oral Argument at Appeal of Heller vs District of Columbia
Recorded: Monday, April 20, 2015

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich, presents oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in the ongoing appeal of the landmark Supreme Court case of Heller v. District of Columbia. The case affirmed the Second Amendment rights of citizens for lawful purposes such as self-defense.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Government Power, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, Litigation, Privacy, Property Rights, Race Issues, Urban Issues

       
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Stephen P. Halbrook on the Tom Woods Radio Show to Discuss Gun Control
Recorded: Monday, March 23, 2015

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich, talks with radio host Tom Woods about the events in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s that led to the disarming of Jews and other so-called "Enemies of the State" beginning with gun registration policies of the Weimar Republic, to the Nazis use of that information to disarm and eliminate any opposition.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Government Power, Gun Control, History (International), Law Enforcement, Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization, Religion, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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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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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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William J. Watkins, Jr. on Patent Trolls
Recorded: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on XMSatellite radio’s “Innovation Navigation” show to talk about his new book Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation. The cost of patent trolls is staggering, both in terms of lost work and in court costs and attorney fees. The outmoded patent system in the US is discussed, including proposals for reforming the patent system.

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Litigation, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology

       
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Bruce Benson on the Tom Woods Radio Show
Recorded: Friday, April 25, 2014

Sr. Fellow Bruce Benson, author of The Enterprise of Law appeared on the Tom Woods radio show to speak about the increasing frequency of private police in areas of our society. In an upcoming article in The Independent Review, Benson will update some ideas about private, market-based justice processes and less government police abuse.

Experts: Bruce L. Benson
Type: Radio
Issues: Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Free Market Economics, Law Enforcement, Politics, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Taxes

       
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