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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Episode 55 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Robert Conquest (Podcast)

This 2006 conversation is the ninth of eleven conversations with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and features former Stanford University Hoover Institution research fellow Robert Conquest. This conversation includes an intimate look at U.S. relations with the Soviet Union during the Reagan era. Throughout the discussion, the two share stories from the past and delve into more recent relations between Russia and the United States at that time. Originally Recorded: 2006

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Did the Washington Consensus Fail? (VIDEO)

In the 1980s and 90s, liberal economic reforms in Africa and Latin America were supposed to help decrease poverty and increase growth. However, research up to 1998 was not promising for the impact of these reforms. In fact, it showed that there was almost no improvement over almost 20 years. But patience is a virtue for a reason. It turns out that liberal reforms actually do have an impact, and now Johan Norberg explains what these reforms actually did for poor countries.
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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – What Liberals Really Care About (VIDEO)

Classical liberals are obviously only concerned about individuals…right? Many people think so. But if you asked a classical liberal, the story would be dramatically different. In fact, the very theories developed by classical liberals were based on recognizing that humans are extremely social creatures. So how does this myth still exist, and why was it created?
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Episode 54 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Chester Crocker (Podcast)

This podcast, the eighth of eleven conversations with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, features Shultz and former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Chester Crocker. Originally recorded in 2006, the conversation centers around the importance of individuals in influencing history. The two discuss what an individual can contribute within a framework of abstract forces such as technological development and economics. Shultz discusses his views on an individual’s impact relating it back to his years with Ronald Reagan. As they talk, the conversation moves into how these factors impact the global movement towards more open societies. Originally Recorded: …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Protecting from China’s Pirates? (VIDEO)

Intellectual property. It’s one of the most important things to protect. And when an international power like China is producing products that are seemingly stolen from abroad, we feel the need to protect ourselves with tariffs. Johan Norberg explains that this has happened all throughout history with many countries including the United States. What we know for sure is that the trade war doesn’t protect us, it hurts us. But is it possible that our best protection could be our current trade enemy?
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Episode 53 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Richard Pipes (Podcast)

This conversation with George P. Shultz is the seventh of eleven conversations with the former Secretary of State. Originally recorded in 2006, Shultz speaks with a former National Security Council member and colleague in the Reagan administration, Richard Pipes. During the conversation, the two talk about their time in the administration and specifically discuss how they feel their time impacted world history. Shultz shares insight into Reagan’s conversations with Mikhail Gorbachev while discussing several issues such as divisiveness in the U.S. at the time and Shultz’s activities as an emeritus professor. Originally Recorded: 2006

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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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Episode 52 – George P. Shultz Conversations: Abraham D. Sofaer (Podcast)

In this 2006 conversation, the sixth in a series of eleven, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz talks with former State Department legal advisor Abraham D. Sofaer. Having been colleagues in the Reagan administration, the two discussed their years together and talked about Shultz’s 1984 speech on terrorism. They further investigated what it means to be prepared to use force in defense of the country, and used personal examples from the Reagan era to illustrate the concept of self-defense in preventing international terrorism. From Iran to Lebanon and Syria, follow along as the two talk about how the Reagan …

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