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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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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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  From the far left to the far right and every faction in between, the French decided race is an outdated, meaningless, social construct.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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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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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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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Should You Avoid the Sun? (VIDEO)

All your life you were probably told all about dreaded sunburns. Cover yourself head to toe in sunscreen. Better yet, stay inside if you can. While sunburns are real, did you know the harmful effects of avoiding the sun? Johan Norberg explains some of the facts you might have thought were hidden in the shade.
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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – A Racial Divide? (VIDEO)

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that would say there isn’t a “racial divide” happening in today’s world. In this episode of Dead Wrong®, Johan Norberg talks about whether racism has been growing in the past decade. Specifically focused on the African-American community, Norberg explains that there is a false narrative surrounding this debate.
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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Are Grisly Games the Problem? (VIDEO)

Recently, the president has said that we need to limit violence in our society including “the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace”. These games are apparently a part of the problem that led to the attacks that killed and injured several people. But what is the role of government in all this? Is its role to regulate video games that a government official deems violent? Is this what needs to be discussed? Decide what’s important once you hear Johan Norberg break down the stats.
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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Sweden: Socialism or Free Markets? (VIDEO)

Sweden? A bunch of socialists. It’s like Cuba, without the sun. We hate it, or love it if we’re leftists. But both the Left and the Right abroad are Dead Wrong® about Sweden. Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg sets the record straight on the Nordic “socialist paradise”.
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