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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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The Political Economy of Drones
Recorded: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Research Fellow Abigail Hall joins the Larry Conners USA radio show to talk about the use of drones both domestically and internationally. What are the implications of the use of drones by law enforcement and military? Hall, who has written her dissertation on the subject, talks about the ramifications of the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones.

Experts: Abigail R. Hall
Type: Radio
Issues: Government Power, Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Technology, 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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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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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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