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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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Stephen P. Halbrook Discusses Nazi Gun Control on The Steve Malzberg Show
Recorded: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State” appeared on the Steve Malzberg Show on NewsMax TV. Halbrook spoke about his recent book outlining the gun control methods employed by the Weimar Republic and the Nazi regime.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Freedom, Government Power, Gun Control, History (International), Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Race Issues

       
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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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Ivan Eland on Edward Snowden’s NBC News Interview
Recorded: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On Canada’s CTV, Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland reacts to the recent network television interview of Edward Snowden. Eland says that Snowden’s actions are a “net positive” for America as he calls attention to the NSA spying on American citizens.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Freedom, Government Power, Technology

       
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Ivan Eland Joins Discussion on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack
Recorded: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ivan Eland interviewed for report on the RT Global News Channel concerning a chemical weapons attack in Syria.


Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on National Security and the Right to Privacy
Recorded: Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ivan Eland, Independent Institute Senior Fellow, and National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro discuss, on CCTV, the trade offs between government policies that affect national security and privacy of U.S. citizens in the wake of NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power, Privacy, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on RT Discussing National Security and the US Constitution
Recorded: Friday, June 7, 2013

Ivan Eland, Independent Institute Senior Fellow, appeared on RT Television with analysis of warrantless monitoring of internet and telephones by the federal government.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on U.S. Foreign Policy Amid Federal Cuts
Recorded: Monday, April 22, 2013

Ivan Eland, Independent Institute Senior Fellow, discusses the use of drones in surveillance and war. Is this the future of U.S. policy? Are the ways the U.S. is using drones unconstitutional?

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Technology

       
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