Episode 60 – Economic Reasoning Applied to Sociology (Podcast)

Today’s podcast features former United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Judge Richard Posner, and former Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker. The two use their time to discuss the challenges confronting those who apply market analysis to social questions. Using examples like drug use, sexually transmitted diseases, and addiction, they discuss the possibilities of using economics to solve these problems while thinking about the government’s role in dealing with them. Originally Recorded: 1994

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Episode 57 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Bob Chitester (Podcast)

This 2006 conversation between former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and the founder of Free To Choose Network, Bob Chitester, takes a deeper look at Shultz on a personal level. Throughout the conversation, Shultz speaks about his hobbies, childhood, parents, and upbringing through high school. Shultz talks about his interests in high school as well as how he got into economics, ultimately leading him to his career in government. Originally Recorded: 2006

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – A Different Take on Personality (VIDEO)

The messaging of politics these days seems to be suggesting that most people fall into one of two personality types. It goes even further to say that most people can be boiled down to “Left vs. Right.” However, politics seem to be the reason why these stereotypes have arisen and are not really what we find throughout the world. Watch Johan Norberg explain, as he discusses rhetoric against what we find in the data, and explore what these personality types are, and what we find most often today in this week’s episode of Dead Wrong®.
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Episode 56 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Gary Becker (Podcast)

This 2006 conversation between former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and previous Nobel Laureate winner Gary Becker takes a hard look at the politics behind several economic areas from the International Monetary Fund to energy. The two discuss Shultz’s view on these important areas, including Shultz’s personal views on the establishment and role of the International Monetary Fund and what can be done to start shifting the country off of oil dependency. As they continue, they move into the area of the politics of immigration and what Shultz views as potential solutions to some of the problems caused by …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Should Headscarves be Banned? (VIDEO)

How far do you think we should go to promote integration? And the real question is, would it even help if we tried? When it comes to headscarves, a lot of people see them as a way to control Muslim women who believe in the ideas of the Quran and believe they should be banned. But in reality, banning them has a lot more negative effects than positive for those affected by the ban. These effects are seen in the data, as Johan Norberg explains, and it’s a great example of the unintended consequences that can come from government regulation.
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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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Episode 47 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Kenneth W. Dam (Podcast)

Today’s Free To Choose Media podcast episode features a conversation with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Shultz speaks with University of Chicago Law Professor Kenneth Dam and talks about his long and varied career in academia, government and business. During the discussion they expand upon Shultz’s views on terrorism, negotiation, Israel/Palestine, and the connection between open political systems and open economic systems. This personal talk dives further into Shultz’s experiences with the Reagan administration and what has transpired since his time as Secretary of State. Originally Recorded: 2006

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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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