Remembering Dr. Walter E. Williams

All of us at Free To Choose Network are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, Dr. Walter E. Williams. Walter once told me he tried to avoid using anything written within the last 40 years in his economics class. He wanted students to know that Coase, Hayek, and Friedman were right then, and they’re still right today. Walter’s straight-faced irreverence masked his genuine compassion for the human condition; he’d often break the ice at our regular dinners in Wayne, PA by asking, “How many times have you been arrested?” to our stunned table guests, then proceed to …

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Episode 100 – PRC Forum: Milton Friedman (Podcast)

The late Dr. Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Laureate in Economics and host of Free To Choose, urges alertness to the difference between false and real problems concerning government in PRC Forum: Milton Friedman. The problem is not budget deficits, trade deficits, or federal debt. The problem is government spending relative to income, protectionist policies, and unfunded debt resulting from entitlements. It was recorded in 1987.

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Episode 92 – Difficulties of Sensible Economic Decision-Making in a Democracy (Podcast)

In this discussion, Difficulties of Sensible Economic Decision-Making in a Democracy Listen to Dr. John Shoven, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at the Hoover Institution, and Anne Krueger, Professor Emeritus of Science and Humanities in Economics at Stanford University, as they discuss how difficult economic decisions are to make in a democracy in. It was recorded in 2000.

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – The End (VIDEO)

So here we are, after more than 4 years, 172 episodes, and around 10 million views, we’ve come to the end of…Dead Wrong®.
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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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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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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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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Tobacco That Saves Lives? (VIDEO)

Smoking kills. According to the Global Burden of Disease project, more than 5 million lives have been lost to smoking every year since 1990. So we should avoid all tobacco then? Dead Wrong®.
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