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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Episode 38 – Constitution Crisis (Podcast)

What is the legitimate role of government in a free society? Most agree that there is one, albeit small. The Constitution lays out these roles, but they are ignored and trampled on year after year. Laws are passed, programs are implemented, and taxes are collected all in the name of progress. Yet most conflict directly with the liberties granted and restrictions imposed by the Constitution. The problem is not going away and seems to be getting worse. History is on our side. When governments have overstepped, the results have not been kind. Dr. Walter Williams puts these concerns in an …

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Episode 35 – Gary Becker (Podcast)

It’s impossible to predict the behaviors and actions of any one individual. So how can economists ever hope to understand the effects a shift in policy will have on the consumers within the economy? While individuals behave irrationally, groups give us more insight into understanding behavior and the impact those decisions will have on economics. For economist Gary Becker, one of those fundamental groups is family, “One of the things that families do is to care for their children, to invest in their children, to teach their children morals, skills, and other forms of behavior. Human capital deals with the …

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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – Do Voters Reward Political Pandering? (VIDEO)

Take it from the political consultants: If you want more voters, don’t just stand there, move to where all the voters are. Simple….and Dead Wrong®. As far as voters go, there’s only one thing worse than being on the other side of an issue; being unreliable. See why with Free To Choose® Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.
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Episode 30 – The Federal Reserve Myth (Podcast)

The Federal Reserve was originally created to bring stability to our financial and monetary system. However, despite multiple failures, it has widely escaped criticism. There is a myth that the Fed is there to protect us. But upon closer inspection, does it? If you ask Nobel laureate Dr. James Buchanan, the answer is clear, “The Fed more or less just inherited this legacy of being a monopoly in control of a monetary institution. It’s not a constitutional body. It has never been explicitly examined legislatively. And yet it gets away with all this without any criticism because the criticism is …

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Episode 29 – Privatization Trends (Podcast)

When the Soviet Union collapsed, countries in the Eastern Bloc were faced with a huge challenge. They needed to take their socialist societies and convert them into capitalist ones. How did they change a country where most property was state-owned into something that was based on private property? Each country handled it differently and the results are not surprising. Despite these challenges in the early 90’s, Milton Friedman remained optimistic, “The hopeful thing about this is that the inefficiency of the former system is so great that the new system can make great progress even though they have very inefficient …

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