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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Episode 49 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Shelby Steele (Podcast)

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Hoover Institution Fellow Shelby Steele discuss Shultz’s role as Secretary of Labor in the Nixon administration. Shultz also further reveals personal experiences in the Reagan administration that formed his thinking on civil rights and discrimination. As the discussion carries on, Shultz describes the difficulties he had in the Nixon administration dealing with race and immigration. As Shultz says during the discussion, “It’s a big problem because we’re a welfare state and people come to the health system. They come to the welfare payments and not just to work and that’s an issue. …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Everything Wrong with Populists (VIDEO)

Do you think that famous populist leaders have been good for democracy in their countries? It turns out that populist leaders can have a very negative effect on the individual institutions that make up most democracies. As you’ll see, when people in power make decisions solely on what they believe is in the best interest of “the people”, that can lead to corruption and less real freedom for all.
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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Rising Costs of Health and Education (VIDEO)

Education and health have always been two of the most hotly debated issues. The costs of these two areas have seemingly risen to a point where most normal people can’t afford them. It’s constantly discussed in our election cycles and everyone has different answers to correct the problem. We all agree that both are important, but do we all agree on the reason why they have become so expensive? It turns out that the major cause of the rising costs are not what most people think. Maybe we should look at what’s right instead of what’s Dead Wrong® before we come up with a solution.
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