Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Did China Hurt Innovation? (VIDEO)

Even in these partisan times, one thing unites Republicans, Democrats, CEOs and trade unions. They all think that China has hurt innovation in the West. But they are all Dead Wrong®. The theft of intellectual property by China has had a surprising side effect. Find out what it is from Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

 

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Damned Lies and Maternal Deaths (VIDEO)

Here’s a fascinating look at how statistics can deceive if the underlying data is unreliable. Does the U.S. have the highest rate of maternal deaths among rich countries? It looks like it. The rate is almost five times higher than Britain. Lies, damned lies, and Dead Wrong®. Find out why that argument doesn’t exactly check all the boxes with Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

 

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Did Tariffs Industrialize the U.S.? (VIDEO)

You silly free traders. You think protectionism is alien and strange. But it used to be the American way. U.S. industries once grew powerful because they were protected by high tariffs. Dead Wrong®. Find out what these tariffs did actually protect from Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

 

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Beepocalypse Not (VIDEO)

Summer is coming, but the bees aren’t. They’re abandoning their hives, with disastrous consequences for pollination and food production. We’re heading for the beepocalypse. Dead Wrong®. Find out what all the buzz is about from Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – 2016 Election: Status Not Economics (VIDEO)

People voted for Trump because they were globalization’s losers, the left behinds, those who lost jobs, or were hurt by trade. Yada, yada, yada. Dead Wrong®. So what did sway voters towards Trump? Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Oxfam is at it Again (VIDEO)

The rich are bad people. According to Oxfam two thirds of billionaires owe their fortunes to inheritance, cronyism, and monopoly. But Oxfam is Dead Wrong®. See why their illogical leap goes splat with Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Hunting & Gathering Truth (VIDEO)

Our hunter/gatherer ancestors were lucky. They didn’t have to work more than 12 to 19 hours a week for food, they had decent health, and many were peaceful. It seems like mankind’s happy childhood. Dead Wrong®. That argument conveniently leaves out several factors as discussed by Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg. Click for additional resources.

 

 

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Replication Crisis? (VIDEO)

Science is in crisis. More than half of psychology studies can’t be replicated. In other sciences we also see more findings that can’t be replicated, are biased, or fabricated. Dead Wrong®. See why the scientific method is a door that swings both ways with Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.

 

 

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From the Founder: Time & Timelessness by Bob Chitester

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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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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Why Do the Poor Eat Worse? (VIDEO)

The poor eat crisps while the rich feast on crispy vegetables. This is because the poor often live in food deserts, far from supermarkets. Obesity and disease, because of a market failure. Dead Wrong®. Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg gives you something to chew on.

 

 

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