Ayn Rand & The Prophecy Of Atlas Shrugged

On June 22, 2012, in Home, by admin

Presented here is the opening from “Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged,” a powerful and beautifully produced documentary DVD that looks into the ideas and philosophy that inspired Rand’s masterpiece novel. Written as a solemn warning, many now recognize Atlas Shrugged as a prophecy.

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Mr. Schiff Returns to Washington

On June 8, 2012, in Home, by admin

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Does Washington have the American taxpayers’ interests as their top priority? Watch as lobbyists drown out your voice and Peter fights the tide.

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6:06 – My Opening Statement

11:16 – “I don’t know whether to go to Mr. Schiff or not, but I guess I will” – Judy Biggert (R)
I explain to Chairwoman Judy Biggert why federal involvement in home lending has created more problems than it has solved.

16:22 – “Despite all the sound and fury, there’s not a lot of details…” – Robert Hurt (R)
My proposals that old regulations be repealed, rather than new ones proposed, in order for the free market to come up with solutions are repeatedly lost on Congressman Robert Hurt.

25:16 – “Mr. Schiff, I just have one question…” – Emanuel Cleaver (D)
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II unsuccessfully tries to ‘nail’ me. Instead, a spirited discussion ensues in which I remind the congressman of the moral hazard and economic costs of government subsidies.

30:38 – “Maybe that happens in an Ayn Rand novel…” – Dan Sherman (D)
Congressman Dan Sherman asserts that as a practical matter the federal government, in one way or another, insures all homes, and that only characters in an Ayn Rand novel would believe otherwise.

THE HEARING:

Oversight of Federal Housing Administration’s Multifamily Insurance Programs

THE PANEL:

Ms. Marie Head, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Housing, Federal Housing Administration

Mr. Michael Bodaken, President, National Housing Trust

Ms. Sheila Crowley, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Ms. Mary Kenney, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority, on behalf of the National Council of State Housing Agencies

Mr. Rodrigo López, President and Chief Executive Officer, AmeriSphere, on behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association

Mr. Richard L. Mostyn, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, The Bozzuto Group, on behalf of the National Multi Housing Council

Mr. Robert F. Nielsen, Immediate Past Chairman, National Association of Home Builders

Mr. Joseph L. Pagliari, Jr., Clinical Professor of Real Estate, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Mr. Peter Schiff, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Global Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital

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Sen. Paul has a bold plan to do what conservatives say they want most. So why aren’t they talking about it?

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Is the best government really the one that governs the least? Can we ever have a government that stays within the confines of the Constitution? If the Constitution was written to keep the government off the people’s backs – why is the government all over us? Tonight: Whatever happened to freedom?

Originally aired 2/13/12 on “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano” on Fox Business Network

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Prof. Lynne Kiesling discusses the history of regulating electricity monopolies in America. Conventionally, most people view regulation of monopoly, such as the Sherman Antitrust Act, as one of government’s core responsibilities. Kiesling challenges this notion, and finds that government regulation of monopoly actually stifles innovation and hurts consumers.

The American electricity industry was booming in the 1890s, with several small firms competing against one another. Over time, Kiesling argues that the fixed costs began to escalate, increasing the cost of entry into the industry. Put another way, large competitors gained a significant competitive edge over smaller competitors through economies of scale. Eventually, in places like New York and Chicago, Kiesling claims that the competitive process led to one large firm.

These monopolies were feared by the public, and led to demands for government regulation. The electricity industry, knowing that regulation was coming, used these demands for regulation as cover to construct legal barriers to entry. Ultimately, the regulations passed by the government reduced competition by granting legal monopoly privileges to powerful firms within a certain geographical territory.

In modern times, we are seeing the real cost of these old one-size-fits-all regulations:

1) People aren’t adjusting their energy consumption behaviors. For instance, in peak hours, technological solutions that could smooth electricity consumption are being ignored.
2) The electricity industry doesn’t evolve and account for new types of renewable energy.
3) Innovations have been discouraged.

If these archaic regulations were removed, innovations and improvements beneficial to consumers would flourish.

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What You Should Know About School Choice

On January 24, 2012, in Home, by admin

Are you skeptical of school choice programs? Do words like private schools, charter schools, vouchers, and tax credits make you uneasy? If so, Prof. Angela Dills argues that there are four things that you should know about school choice before dismissing it as a viable improvement to our education system:

1. School choice doesn’t require parents to bear the full cost of educating their child.
2. School choice lowers the cost of schooling.
3. School choice raises the quality of schooling.
4. Low income and minority students are more likely to benefit from school choice programs.

Dills argues that the American education system is failing our children. We have thrown money at the problem for years with little or no effect. School choice, when it has been tried, has lowered the cost of schooling while maintaining, or even improving, the quality of education.

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What happens if everyone running for office really agrees on everything, except for one of the candidates? Tonight: That cantankerous independent place called New Hampshire and the shock it may deliver to the Republican Establishment.

Originally aired 1/09/12 on “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano” on Fox Business Network

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Andrew Jackson: The First Imperial President

On January 6, 2012, in Home, by admin

According to Professor Amy H. Sturgis, Andrew Jackson frequently appears in top ten lists of great Presidents of the United States. The following reasons are often given to justify Jackson’s high ranking among Presidents:

1) Jackson was a champion of the common man
2) Son of the frontier
3) A war hero
4) An enemy of the elite
5) A champion of the United States Union.

Sturgis argues that most of these reasons are in fact myths when they are analyzed in greater depth. For instance, Jackson engaged in several unauthorized activities during war like invading foreign territory that he was not authorized to invade and executing non-US citizens he was not authorized to execute.

Additionally, many of the reform efforts that came out of the so-called Jacksonian revolution made Jackson appear as a champion of the common man. However, the Jacksonian revolution did not align with Jackson the leader or Jackson the man. For instance, part of the Jacksonian revolution was the abolition movement, yet, Jackson himself owned salves until the day he died.

Jackson’s battle with the National Bank, Sturgis argues, gave the illusion that Jackson was an enemy of the elite. Although Jackson was constitutionally sound in challenging the National Bank, his reasons for doing so were more personal, rather than legal.

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John McManus, the president of the John Birch Society discusses the history of the elite’s grasp for globalism beginning in the late 18th Century and how it continues today. He demonstrates that history, politics, war, and government are not a series of accidents and coincidences, but rather, conspiratorial in nature. But who is part of the cabal and what is their end game? For answers, watch this presentation.

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Overview of America

On December 19, 2011, in Home, by admin

This video by The John Birch Society gives you a big-picture vision of why we enjoy so much personal freedom and prosperity in America. This video gives you a big-picture vision of why we enjoy so much personal freedom and prosperity in America. It explains in a simple fashion the different systems of government throughout the world and the different economic principles underlying each type of government — illustrating the great virtues of our unique nation. (2006, 32 min., DVD)

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What if the liberties enshrined in our Constitution have been transformed into a myth? What if the idea of a Constitution guaranteeing freedom is rich and rhetorical flourish and patriotic fervor, but absent of real meaning? Tonight: What if the state of freedom in America is actually worse than you think?

Originally aired 12/15/11 on “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano” on Fox Business Network

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Economics of Immigration: Myths and Realities

On November 28, 2011, in Home, by admin

Prof. Ben Powell debunks the following three popular myths about immigration:

1) Immigrants are a net drag on our economy
2) Immigrants steal our jobs
3) Immigrants depress our wages

Additionally, Professor Ben Powell examines how immigration is related to foreign aid, prosperity, property rights, crime, welfare, voting, citizenship, and more.

Credits: This lecture was delivered in 2009 at the Metropolitan State College of Denver School of Business, as part of the Exploring Economic Freedom Lecture Series, directed by Prof. Alexandre Padilla. This video was produced and directed by Scott Houck, and edited by Adrienne Christy. Video production provided by the Educational Technology Center at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Video used by LearnLiberty.org with permission.

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Liberty Movements in American History

On November 16, 2011, in Home, by admin

Historian Stephen Davies describes how various nonprofit institutions have made the advocates of liberty more productive and effective. These institutions have also made the ideas of liberty more available and have created and facilitated networks that enable people to share and strengthen their ideas.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of advocates. There are those who advocate policies for their own self-interest and there are also those who advocate polices on principle. The second group tends to benefit society most effectively, but in order to enact change, must overpower the incentives of the first group. This is a difficult task, as the first group derives concentrated benefits to themselves by dispersing costs on everyone else through the political process.

Luckily, there are historical examples of the principled advocacy groups defeating the vested interests of the rent seekers. The most obvious example is the campaign against the slave trade in Britain and France in the late 18th and early 19th century. Despite the large interests of those employing slave labor, the principled advocates abolished slavery.

It is often claimed that the liberty movement is a self-interested right-wing conspiracy. However, this is logically invalid. If it were indeed a conspiracy, the wealthy individuals who invest in liberty advancing institutions would be acting against their own financial self-interest. Individuals who lead large corporations can most easily maximize profits by befriending politicians and encouraging them to grant their business special government privileges. Liberty advancing institutions fight relentlessly to abolish these government granted special privileges, and therefore, are advancing ideas that are not nearly as beneficial to the bottom line of big business.

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Presented by Tom DiLorenzo at the Mises Circle in New Orleans, 5 November 2011.

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What’s so patriotic about the Patriot Act? Tonight: Assaulting the Constitution, and resisting the assaults.

Originally aired 10/26/11 on “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano” on Fox Business Network

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When Governments Cut Spending

On September 28, 2011, in Home, by admin

Do governments ever cut spending? According to Dr. Stephen Davies, there are historical examples of government spending cuts in Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and America. In these cases, despite popular belief, the government spending cuts did not cause economic stagnation. In fact, the spending cuts often accelerated economic growth by freeing up resources for the private sector.

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Prof. James Otteson believes it is extremely important to think about what it would take for you to fight for your liberty. Liberty is a fragile gift, and if this question remains ignored, our liberty will likely diminish.

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