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Mary L.G. Theroux | Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty
Recorded: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic Policy, Family, Health Care, Housing, Labor and Employment, Politics, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Welfare, Womens Issues
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 atomsnot just digits and bitsand 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
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
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Government Power, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S)
Lawrence McQuillan on the Fed's Zero Interest Rate Policy
Recorded: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appeared on The Rob Schilling radio show to discuss the Fed's zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) and how this effects the economy.
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt
William F. Shughart Discusses the Import-Export Bank on The Gary Nolan Show
Recorded: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Sr. Fellow William F. Shughart II appeared on The Gary Nolan radio show to discuss the Export-Import bank. In a recent syndicated Op-Ed, Shughart wrote that the Export-Import bank distorts prices and it interferes with the free flow of international commerce.
Experts: William F. Shughart II
Issues: Banking and Finance, Business, Economic Policy, Labor and Employment, Trade
William J. Watkins, Jr. on Patent Trolls
Recorded: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on XMSatellite radios 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.
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Litigation, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology
Benjamin Powell on Sweatshops as Means to Escape Poverty
Recorded: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell discusses the unintended consequences of anti-sweatshop activism and the real recipe for escaping poverty: economic freedom.
Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic Policy, Labor and Employment
Maura McEnaney on The Beyond 50 Radio Show
Recorded: Friday, March 14, 2014
Maura McEnaney, author of Willard Garvey: An Epic Life, appeared on The Beyond 50 Radio Show with Daniel Davis. During the interview, McEnaney talks about her friendship with the Garvey family and how she applied her journalism background to write the biography of the entrepreneur Willard Garvey and give an understanding of the principles that guided him in his personal and professional life.
Experts: Maura McEnaney
Issues: Business, Culture/ Society, Entertainment