Free or Equal: Following Milton Friedman’s Footsteps in China

Free To Choose Network is recirculating this Field Report from 2010-2011, to demonstrate the significance of freedom and Milton Friedman’s journey as we celebrate the Fourth of July.

Report from the Field by Barbara Potter, Field Producer

Every production has its challenges, but this was one we never expected. A long-dormant volcano in Iceland erupted in 2010, and threatened to shut down Free or Equal before filming had even begun.

Jim and I flew to Hong Kong in April, five days before our program host, Johan Norberg, was to arrive. Part of our mission as director and field producer was to find the exact location where Milton had stood in Free To Choose to describe the powerful Hong Kong economy of 1980. We were armed with still frames captured from the then thirty-year-old public television series. That meant taking Johan to some of the most interesting places Milton presented in 1980. Well, if we could get Johan to us. Hong Kong, you see, was our first location. Those first few days, Jim and I worked with a local production assistant named Ho. Ho was himself a producer, who was very familiar with the city and would help us on our search. The most important matching location was an overview of the impressive Hong Kong skyline. The idea was to position Johan just where Milton had been, so that the angle and size of the buildings matched the old footage, and we could see the changes. We knew that we needed to be positioned across Victoria Harbor, shooting from the Kowloon side, but we had no idea how many of the original structures would still be there.

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INDIA AWAKES with Johan Norberg Available August 15, 2015 Nationwide On Public Television Stations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIA AWAKES with Johan Norberg Available August 15, 2015 Nationwide On Public Television Stations INDIA AWAKES release celebrates India’s Independence Day and the entrepreneurial spirit rising from a nation embracing economic liberalization. Erie, PA, (May 27, 2015) – India is coming alive and flourishing economically.  In fact, Citigroup estimates that by 2050, India will have the world’s largest economy, larger than China and the United States.  For centuries, only the politically connected and elite prospered in the densely populated country, while the remaining residents lived in poverty. However, since 1991, more than 250 million people have been …

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Johan Norberg a Free To Choose Fellow

Free To Choose Network is assisted by many professional colleagues and friends, especially our Fellows, listed on our website. FTCN Fellows help us in various ways: Some consult with us on content for our films and other projects. Some present on-camera for our national broadcast programs. Others speak at events we host. All are always willing to offer input and answer questions via phone or email regarding our various programs.

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“Power to the People with Johan Norberg” E-book Available for Purchase

A journey of exploration of the world’s new energy landscape, based on Johan Norberg’s public television documentary Power to the People. Based on Norberg’s travels for the television documentary Power to the People, his investigation peels back the layers of this global challenge, often questioning the conventional wisdom on what works and what doesn’t. His journey starts in the Moroccan bazaars of Marrakech, which functioned fine for eons without modern conveniences, but where electric lights, computers, cell phones and credit card readers are now everywhere.  Even more telling is Norberg’s journey to a remote Berber village in the Sahara Desert. More …

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Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives

This hour-long program features stories of economic freedom in action in Zambia, South Korea, Slovakia and Chile, presented by Swedish author, commentator and Cato Senior Fellow Johan Norberg. Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives depicts the lives of four entrepreneurs around the globe and how economic freedom has influenced their lives.  Daesung Kim is a venture capitalist in Seoul, South Korea, who funds fellow North Korean refugees, giving them their start in business and putting them on a path of self-reliance. Kim escaped North Korea at age 27, crossing the Changbai Shan River into China, after finding out he was …

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