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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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Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars—An Interview with Mark LaPrairie
Recorded: Monday, June 15, 2015

Associate Student Programs Director Mark LaPrairie appears on KLZ radio in Denver to discuss Independent Institute’s Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars. Mark discusses topics including free markets, liberty and economics. Mark will be a senior at Hillsdale College in the fall and was one of the presenters at the seminar.


Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Free Market Economics

       
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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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Markets Can Heal U.S. Healthcare
Recorded: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, author of A Better Choice, appears on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Live program to discuss how free markets can solve many issues with Obamacare and America’s healthcare system. Goodman talks about which provisions of Obamacare should be changed and which ones should be left alone. Free market principles would level the playing field and give patients the power of choice.

Experts: John C. Goodman
Type: Television
Issues: Free Market Economics, Health Care, Regulation and Deregulation, Welfare

       
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Randy Simmons | The True Costs of Green Energy
Recorded: Monday, April 27, 2015

Senior Fellow Randy Simmons joins WSVA radio's Mike Schikman to talk about the true costs of green energy including government funding and incentives for renewable energy.

Experts: Randy T. Simmons
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Energy, Environment, Free Market Economics, Property Rights, Public Choice Theory, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Are Liberals at Fault for the Breakup of the Family?
Recorded: Friday, March 27, 2015

Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, author of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis and A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, joins radio host Larry Kudlow to talk about the costs society is bearing for the breakup of traditional families. Goodman talks about how the welfare state subsidizes and enables and even rewards single parent families.

Experts: John C. Goodman, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Lawrence A. Kudlow
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Health Care, Labor and Employment, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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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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