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Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi—An Interview with Clifford F. Thies
Recorded: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Clifford F. Thies, author of The Independent Review article Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi, is interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” about the state of Mississippi defaulting on its loans in the 1840s. Other states defaulted on loans during this period, but most reconciled with debtors, but not Mississippi. Mississippi repudiated its debts, refusing to pay them.

Experts: Clifford F. Thies
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, History (U.S)

       
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Lawrence McQuillan Interviewed on WSVA on the Public Pension Crisis in California and the Entire United States
Recorded: Monday, June 29, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WSVA in Virginia to talk about the public employee pension crisis facing municipalities across the US. When public pensions are underfunded, there is not enough money to pay promised benefits to retirees. Recent bankruptcy courts have ruled that these pension benefits can be cut in the event of a bankruptcy of a city, county or state. McQuillan has a plan that if enacted, could resolve the crisis within decades, while fulfilling promises made to public workers.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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The $4.7 Trillion Public Pension Crisis—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KLIF radio in Dallas to discuss public pension crisis in America. In cities, counties and states across America, the pension funds for public employees are underfunded. Money that should be in the bank to pay promised retirement benefits isn’t there and the taxpayers are losing because of it. Vital services for cities are being cut to pay retirement benefits that were promised by politicians. In California, the politicians who made those promises to increase pension benefits, are no longer in office. McQuillan outlines what must be done to prevent more public bankruptcies.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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Reforming Public Pensions in the US—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Sunday, June 21, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KCNR radio’s “We the People” show in Redding, CA to discuss the underfunded public pension crisis in the United States. McQuillan talks about not only California’s pension crisis, but other cities and states across the nation. Despite the politicians who make promises based on unrealistic projections, McQuillan has a plan to reform pension systems that polls show, voters approve of. The plan avoids bankruptcy for cities and states and keeps promises made to retirees.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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Lawrence McQuillan Discusses the Public-Pension Crisis in the US
Recorded: Friday, May 29, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on Newsmax TV to discuss the financial crisis facing many cities and states in the US: the fact that public-pensions are grossly underfunded and taxpayers can be left holding the bag. McQuillan talks about how to resolve this pending, man-made crisis in America.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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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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A Century of Economic Folly
Recorded: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Research Fellow Burton A. Abrams appears on the "Freedom & Prosperity Radio" show with host Joe Thomas. Abrams talks about his book The Terrible 10: A Century of Economic Folly which contains ten of the U.S. federal government's biggest economic mistakes and the fallout of those mistakes.

Experts: Burton A. Abrams
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S)

       
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Ivan Eland on Ranking US Presidents
Recorded: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, appears on Fox & Friends to discuss his updated version of "Recarving Rushmore."

To order copies of "Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty," click here.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Regulation and Deregulation, Terrorism and National Crises, Trade

       
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