Idea Channel Series
Milton Friedman Speaks
In print, radio, and television, Professor Milton Friedman applied the economic approach to the many challenges of human societies. He has done so in a manner that is both accessible to the average citizen, yet consistent with the best scholarly work. Recorded in 1977-78, these 15 lectures were originally intended to be the core content of what became the Free To Choose television programs.
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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...
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If free trade is so good, why is protectionism so popular? Part of the answer lies in a simple political principle — interests that are concentrated (those of the producer) are more politically...
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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...

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Friedrich A. Hayek Discussions
Austrian economist and political philosopher Friedrich A. Hayek, fellow economists and others explore his life and work, through a series of personal discussions.
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Axel Leijonhufvud, Professor of Economics at UCLA and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. In Part I they discuss the courses of study and contact with noted scholars which shaped Dr. von Hayek's...
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Robert Bork, Professor of Law, Yale University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek continue their discussion on...
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Leo Rosten, Author, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Hour one of a lively and occasionally controversial three-part interview of noted economist Friedrich von Hayek by Leo Rosten, in a...

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Gary Becker Discussions
Nobel prize-winning economist, scholar, author, and Professor Gary S. Becker passed away on May 3, 2014 at the age of 83, but he and his ideas will be remembered forever in these discussions.
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Dr. Gary Becker, Professor of Economics & Sociology, University of Chicago explains why the family is and will continue to be a dominant 'player' in economic activities. National productivity is...
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Is the economic theory of utility a useful way of understanding consumer behavior? Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, Nobel Economists at the University of Chicago, explain and discuss the theory of...
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How rapidly should former Eastern Bloc countries convert to free market economies? Considering, and sometimes debating this question, are Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, Nobel Economists at the...

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From Milton Friedman and Walter Williams, to Gary Becker and Charles Murray, these discussions let the viewer in on what these economists, businessmen and women, and other intellectuals considered not only their passion, but what they believed to be most important.
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Dr. Gary Becker, Professor of Economics & Sociology, University of Chicago explains why the family is and will continue to be a dominant 'player' in economic activities. National productivity is...
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Dr. Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Laureate in Economics and author of "Free To Choose," urges alertness to the difference between false and real problems concerning government. The problem is not budget...
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Inventor of the Ames Test and Chairman of Biochemistry at Berkeley, Professor Ames is concerned with the exaggeration of the danger of chemical residues in the environment. Peanut butter sandwiches...

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Take a look into the inner workings of American Government at a time when tensions reached to the limit of conflict in Cuba. Join panel members from the Kennedy cabinet discussing what it was like from the beginning to the end of the conflict, and find out how our government responded to the challenges presented to them.
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Panel members include Moderator Richard Neustadt of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy for National Security...
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Richard Neustadt, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and General Maxwell Taylor discuss Taylor's key role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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A continuation of Phase II (above). Panel members include Moderator Richard Neustadt of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Robert S. McNamara, Secy. of Defense under J.F.K.;...

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