Episode 82 – Milton Friedman Speaks – “Equality and Freedom in the Free Enterprise System” (Podcast)

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Free To Choose, we are sharing some of Milton Friedman’s most compelling talks. In this original recording, Friedman explores equality and freedom in the free enterprise system. If the government has the power and responsibility to promote equality of income, then how do we define the concept of equality? Jefferson, in his Declaration of Independence, meant equality before the law, a concept necessary precisely because people are not equal in tastes, values, or capacities. Later, equality came to mean equality of opportunity—the chance to run a fair race. Within a free-market system, both definitions …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Does Increased Growth Lead to Increased CO2? (VIDEO)

Wealth might have solved old environmental problems, but carbon dioxide is different. The richer we get, the more energy we use, so the more CO2 we emit. Growth is not the solution, it’s the problem. Dead Wrong®.
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Episode 81 – Milton Friedman Speaks – “What is Wrong with the Welfare State?” (Podcast)

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Free To Choose, we are sharing some of Milton Friedman’s most compelling talks. In this original recording from 1978, the question asked is what is wrong with the welfare state? The welfare state is an attempt to “do good” with someone else’s money. The aim may be worthy, but the means are faulty. The problem is that you do not spend someone else’s money as carefully as your own. More to the point, it’s impossible to “do good” with someone else’s money without first taking it away from someone else. That implies coercion—the use …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – The Anti-Muslim Myth (VIDEO)

The Nativist Right likes to tell the history of the West through the prism of conflict between Christendom and Islam. One founding myth is the Battle of Vienna in 1683 when united Christian armies saved Europe from Muslim Ottoman Turks. Dead Wrong®.
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Episode 80 – Milton Friedman Speaks – “The Role of Government in a Free Society” (Podcast)

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Free To Choose, we are sharing some of Milton Friedman’s most compelling talks. In this original recording from 1978, the question is what is the role of government in a free society? If we are to define the role of government in a free society, we must first specify the needs a government is expected to provide. Defense from foreign enemies and protection of property, including the enforcement of private contracts, are clearly legitimate functions of government. But when we come to two other functions of government—providing a substitute for voluntary cooperation when it …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Should Public Transportation Be Free? (VIDEO)

Luxembourg is the first country to make all public transport free of charge. Buses, trams, and trains for free! Let’s jump on board. It’s good for passengers and good for the environment. Dead Wrong®.
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Episode 79 – Milton Friedman Speaks – Is Capitalism Humane? (Podcast)

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Free To Choose, we are sharing some of Milton Friedman’s most compelling talks. In this original recording from 1978, the question asked is, “Is capitalism humane?” According to Milton Friedman, the question is irrelevant. Capitalism per se is not humane or inhumane; nor is socialism. If we compare the two in terms of results, it is clear that only capitalism fosters equality and works toward social justice. The one is based on the principle of voluntary cooperation and free exchange, the other on force of position and power. In a free economy, it is …

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Episode 78 – Morality of the Free Market (Podcast)

Critics of the free market system often point out that it is an unfair system due to it leaving some with wealth at the expense of oppressing others. What those critics often ignore is that exchanges in this economic structure are voluntary. Each side comes out of the interaction with their desired result. Since the seller is amassing wealth by helping others get the goods and services they need, isn’t that more moral than proposed socialist solutions? When it comes to the relationship between morals and economics, Dr. Walter Williams has this to say, “Unless you believe that there’s a …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – The Delusion of Wage Stagnation (VIDEO)

If there’s anything the populist Right and the socialist Left agrees on, it’s that workers have been getting a raw deal. Wages used to rise in line with productivity, but since the 1970s they have been nailed to the factory floor. Dead Wrong®.
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Episode 76 – Friedrich Hayek and Robert Chitester Part 2 (Podcast)

Join us for Part Two of the conversation between noted economist Friedrich Hayek and the founder of Free To Choose Network, Bob Chitester as they continue to discuss American thought and culture, and the ramifications of constant change in American economic and social policies. Listen to how the themes are still relevant today, despite being recorded in over 40 years ago. Originally Recorded:  1978

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