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Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell is Interviewed on American Medicine Today Radio on Drug Approvals and the FDA
Recorded: Saturday, December 12, 2015

What is the cost of the long approval process for potentially life-saving drugs by the FDA? The approval process can take up to 12 years and cost $1 billion. But there are other costs. Patients aren’t able to take drugs that aren’t approved and they might die or become more ill. Another cost is that a potential drug maker might not want to take the financial risk of taking a drug to market. Powell recommends testing drugs but possibly making drugs "FDA recommended", rather than "FDA approved." What’s needed is competition and markets to help patients and entrepreneurs, says Powell.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Government Power, Health Care, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Science

       
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Love Gov Video Series: Presentation at Draper University
Recorded: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

David J. Theroux, Founder and President of the Independent Institute, presents the idea and concept behind Love Gov: From First Date to Mandate, the award-winning, satirical video series that portrays the federal government as an overbearing boyfriend — Scott “Gov” Govinsky — who foists his “good intentions” on a hapless, idealistic college student, Alexis Smith. To watch the web series, follow this link

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Corporate Welfare, Culture/ Society, Economic Policy, Education, Energy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Government Waste/Pork, Health Care, Housing, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privacy, Property Rights, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Trade, 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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C.S. Lewis on Natural Law and Liberty
Inaugural Presentation: Center for Western Civilization, Berkeley, California

Recorded: Sunday, April 26, 2015

Drawing on C.S. Lewis’s varied writings—fiction for both adults and children, non-fiction essays and scholarly treatises, poetry, and extensive correspondence with people from all walks of life—Independent Institute President David Theroux presents Lewis’s highly developed, Judeo-Christian philosophical insights into our relationship with power and human aspirations. From his declining an offer of knighthood to his keen essays such as “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment,” C.S. Lewis’s timeless thinking provides rich insights into how to apply natural-law principles to our world and the challenges we all face today.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Democracy, Education, Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Government Waste/Pork, History (International), Law Enforcement, Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Religion, Science, Technology, Welfare

       
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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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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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C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism
Recorded: Saturday, August 2, 2014

David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, discusses the writings of C.S. Lewis and Lewis's views on individual liberty, natural law and statism. The presentation was the keynote talk at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX, August 2, 2014.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Culture/ Society, Education, Family, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Privatization, Property Rights, Regulation and Deregulation, Religion, Science, Taxes, Welfare

       
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