Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Does Pessimism Work? (VIDEO)

Ever since Johan Norberg wrote an optimistic book on mankind’s progress some people have objected that we shouldn’t be so hopeful. We should be worried, because otherwise we don’t notice problems and work to solve them. But that is Dead Wrong®. Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains why pessimism only generates short sighted solutions.

 

 

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Utah Residents – Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years is Airing Near You….Tomorrow

Have we been here before? Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years offers an inside look at American government during one of the highest levels of foreign tensions, and tells how a remarkable man served his country during a time reminiscent of America’s recent events. Featuring extensive interviews with George Shultz, who served as Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan, as well as former Secretaries Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice; Senators Edward Kennedy, Sam Nunn, and Richard Lugar; Mikhail Gorbachev and others, the three-part series presents a never-before-seen look at the inner workings of the Reagan White House.   …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Chess and Computers (VIDEO)

A computer program recently taught itself how to play chess. After four hours it was so good that it beat the best chess computer 28 to 0. Our robot overlords are here, and we humans have nothing to contribute any more. Dead Wrong®. Computers and A.I. still lack one vital element. Find out what it is from Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

 

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Erie Residents – Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare is Airing Near You

Compassion fueled the creation of America’s welfare system, a safety net that rescues some of the most vulnerable among us. We often hear political leaders and activists tout the system’s good intentions, but what about those living on welfare? Do they think the system is working? Have good intentions delivered good results? The safety net is ideally more of a trampoline, where people hit it and then bounce back onto their feet, and into rich, fulfilling lives. But today, instead of bouncing back, too many Americans have become ensnared in the net. Of course, the system has helped some people, …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Autism (VIDEO)

Some people think that the vaccine against measles causes autism, and refuse to vaccinate their children. They are Dead Wrong®. Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains why this it not only nonsense, but dangerous nonsense.

 

 

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From the Founder – From Start to Finish by Bob Chitester

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Starting in 1964 I led the creation of a public TV station in Erie, PA. From 1967 to 1983 I was general manager, then president/CEO of this PBS and NPR member. It was a dream job for someone with a BA and MA in Radio and Television. I was not politically focused or active but by 1974 I realized my “artistic” friends loved freedom to do as they wished, but were jealous and bitter when others used their freedom to start businesses and accumulate wealth. I thought they were hypocritical. I started having weekly breakfasts with an Erie business leader …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Big Ideas and Small Plates (VIDEO)

If you want to lose weight, behavioral economist and winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics, Richard Thaler says to use a smaller plate when you eat. In this instance, he is Dead Wrong®. Like many diet gimmicks, it may sound good, but lacks substance. Explore this latest claim with Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

 

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Causes of Poverty Reduction (VIDEO)

Free marketers love to point out that world poverty is declining faster than ever. However, that is not because of free markets, it’s because of government redistribution. Nope! That’s Dead Wrong®. Find out how accurate data can lead to false conclusions from Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

 

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From the Founder – Bob Chitester

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Time & Timelessness

by Bob Chitester

Time. With on-the-half-hour and -hour scheduling of broadcast and cable TV channels. With the demands of meeting deadlines over the twelve months needed to complete a TV documentary. With the decreasing attention span of viewers (inversely related to age) calling for shorter and more memorable videos. Our lives at izzit.org and Free To Choose Network are driven by “time.”

I’ve asked Tara Schupp, our chief operating officer, to put together an article for the next newsletter that will give you a sense of how we manage time in bringing together the inputs necessary to create TV documentaries and education modules. The same systems approach is also used in building our expanding distribution network.

There are two other aspects of “time” that, although intangible, are the foundation from which we start the creative process. First, a video of any length should be as “evergreen” as possible. The stories told may “age” in terms of fashion or technology, but the ideas conveyed should be universal in application. Second, to introduce a new idea or suggest changing an established doctrine is a long-term process.

Milton Friedman challenged my focus on television. “Bob, anyone who can be persuaded by an hour TV program, can be dissuaded by another TV program the next night.” I countered that the series would help sell the book, which chapter by chapter followed the themes of the series, and it has sold tens of millions worldwide. As producers we place enormous value on productions that are evergreen, that like Free To Choose can be effectively communicating basic principles decades after their release.

Milton also came to see how, properly crafted, a video can surprise viewers with a new way to think about ideas they believe they understand or have previously rejected. Johan Norberg does this every week with his Dead Wrong vlog. We also do a weekly blog, drawing on the hundreds of hours of videos in our archives. These online products build brands and celebrity by “visiting” viewers every week in a format consistent with shortened attention spans.

The individual also requires time to shape a world view, and even more time to adapt or change that perspective. One of my favorite quotes is from a “hippie” book, The Aquarian Conspiracy by Marilyn Ferguson: “No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.”

Ferguson, like many, was blinded to reality by a powerful image of a peace-and-love utopia. Yet in this quote, she points to Jonathan Haidt’s recent research that supports our contention that appeals to emotion must be the starting point for increasing understanding and acceptance of a world based on the winning ideas of freedom. That—and acceptance of the timelessness of the effort—should pay dividends if we are wise, patient and persistent.

 

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