Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Protecting from China’s Pirates? (VIDEO)

Intellectual property. It’s one of the most important things to protect. And when an international power like China is producing products that are seemingly stolen from abroad, we feel the need to protect ourselves with tariffs. Johan Norberg explains that this has happened all throughout history with many countries including the United States. What we know for sure is that the trade war doesn’t protect us, it hurts us. But is it possible that our best protection could be our current trade enemy?
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Episode 53 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Richard Pipes (Podcast)

This conversation with George P. Shultz is the seventh of eleven conversations with the former Secretary of State. Originally recorded in 2006, Shultz speaks with a former National Security Council member and colleague in the Reagan administration, Richard Pipes. During the conversation, the two talk about their time in the administration and specifically discuss how they feel their time impacted world history. Shultz shares insight into Reagan’s conversations with Mikhail Gorbachev while discussing several issues such as divisiveness in the U.S. at the time and Shultz’s activities as an emeritus professor. Originally Recorded: 2006

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Consequences of the Berlin Wall (VIDEO)

It’s been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and when we look back, we see the true effects of what communism did to people in East Berlin. The values that were supposed to be the focus of communism, like happiness and community, aren’t the reality. In fact, the worst effects of communism are psychological.
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Episode 52 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Abraham D. Sofaer (Podcast)

In this 2006 conversation, the sixth in a series of eleven, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz talks with former State Department legal advisor Abraham D. Sofaer. Having been colleagues in the Reagan administration, the two discussed their years together and talked about Shultz’s 1984 speech on terrorism. They further investigated what it means to be prepared to use force in defense of the country, and used personal examples from the Reagan era to illustrate the concept of self-defense in preventing international terrorism. From Iran to Lebanon and Syria, follow along as the two talk about how the Reagan …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Greta is Wrong on Growth (VIDEO)

Most would agree that we need to be concerned with climate change. But even though our current situation has been created by fossil fuel use, it has led to the largest increase in quality of life the world has ever seen. The problem is that the growth we have experienced has produced unintended consequences that we were not ready to deal with so quickly. But, does that make it wrong for this growth to have occurred? Or should we be focusing on the best way to correct these unintended consequences right now? This Dead Wrong® episode dives into this topic with Johan Norberg.
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Episode 51 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Henry Rowen (Podcast)

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Stanford Professor Emeritus Henry Rowen discuss foreign policy and national security, particularly the organizational question of the proper roles of the State Department and the White House in running U.S. foreign policy. Shultz begins by detailing his experiences at the State Department and how they worked inter-departmentally with other areas of the government. The discussion then moves on to individual people and their roles within the administration at the time. Shultz continues to expand upon how the government grooms candidates for positions who end up in various companies outside the government …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Do Internet Blackouts Save Lives? (VIDEO)

In times of violence and chaos, governments around the world have decided that cutting off access to the internet would help save lives from coordinated riots and attacks. Do you think that’s the right thing to do? Even though it’s logical to think it would help, it’s Dead Wrong®, and potentially worse.
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THE ROB REPORT: Without a Story, It’s Just a Fact by Rob Chatfield

A study published in 2011 by the Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies shows 46% of European countries do not collect data based on origin of race. 

In 2018, France removed the word race from its Constitution. 

These are interesting, but largely forgettable facts. Logic, reason, and facts by themselves do not stoke human emotion. Facts need context and need to strike a chord to become memorable.  Facts – when presented as stories – can become instantly memorable.

Can you imagine changing the FOUNDING article of the U.S. Constitution? Yet that’s exactly what France did when it took the mantra that France “shall ensure the equality of all citizens before the law, without distinction of origin, race or religion” and threw race out of the equation in 2018.

This was done by unanimous vote!  From the far left to the far right and every faction in between, the French decided race is an outdated, meaningless, social construct.  Understand there are 577 members in the French National Assembly, representing 9 different political parties whose last unanimous vote required large grocery stores to donate unsold, edible food to charity after learning the grocers previously poured bleach on this food to prevent scavenging.

Race was first introduced to the French Constitution in 1946 as a direct response to racist theories expounded by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (better known to most as Nazi Germany). Over 500,000 French citizens were killed during the largest race-based atrocity in modern history and they’ve determined race no longer matters. What does that say about the United States?

I added context to facts and may have piqued your interest, but these facts are missing a vital ingredient to make them memorable:  THE STORY.

Our brains are hard-wired to receive facts in the form of a story. Storytelling creates empathy and helps humanity better understand issues. All cultures throughout all times of humanity use some version of storytelling to teach universal truths. So, this tale is not yet complete…

Eli Steele was born profoundly deaf into a mixed-race family. He married a woman who came from yet another culture. Eli was bullied throughout his youth for being different, and when he learns that he must declare a race for his first-born child – or leave that decision to a committee of “experts” – Eli decides to take a stand. 

Learn the story of Eli Steele in Outside the Box, this month’s featured project. You will never see racial identity or identity politics the same way again. If you agree, please include a link to this video in your own social media feed so we can finally dispel the notion that tribes matter more than individuals. You can find the link to the full video on www.izzit.org.

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Episode 50 – George P. Shultz Conversations: David D. Friedman (Podcast)

In this wide-ranging conversation, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Economist David Friedman discuss the ways in which the world – especially the world of ideas – has changed over Shultz’s lifetime. This discussion dives into the ways in which peoples’ understanding of concepts like socialism are not what they were in the Cold War era. Using personal experiences, the two discuss the changing perceptions in the world about property rights, the role of government and even marriage. Originally Recorded: 2006

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – More Robots, More Problems? (VIDEO)

The narrative we always hear about automation is that it will eventually lead to massive unemployment and is a threat to our economy. A new report even states that 47% of all jobs will be automated by 2030. But that report is misinterpreted just as much as the overstated effects that would come from automation. Is there an untold side to this story? It turns out there is another narrative that almost no one talks about, and it could be potentially more harmful than automation. As Johan Norberg discusses, worrying too much about automation is just Dead Wrong®.
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