" Free to Choose "
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Big Government leads to
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The Power of the Market

America's freedom and prosperity derive from the combination of the idea of human liberty in America's Declaration of Independence with the idea of economic freedom in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. Friedman explains how markets and voluntary exchange organize activity and enable people to improve their lives. He also explains the price system. Friedman visits Hong Kong, U.S. and Scotland.  60 min.

Free to Choose
The power of Choice
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In this inspiring TV-series Nobel Prize laureate Milton Friedman gives his ideas on liberty, on free market economics, on limited government, limited public spending and low taxes. It is a severe critic of interventionist government policies and their cost in personal freedom and economic efficiency. The TV series is a complement to his masterpiece book of the same name co-authored with his economist wife, Rose Friedman. The series includes debates with dissenting economists.  It’s an instructive lesson in forensics and a lasting source of inspiration. Commented by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan, George Schultz, David Friedman and many others...  Download the 10 episodes for free here.


The Tyranny of Control
Government planning and detailed control of economic activity lessens productive innovation, and consumer choice. Good, better, best, are replaced by "approved" or "authorized." Friedman shows how "established" industries or methods, seek government protection or subsidization in their attempts to stop or limit product improvements which they don't control. Friedman visits India, Japan and U.S.   60 min

Freedom & Prosperity

The Great Depression has been popularly viewed as a failure of capitalism. The stock market crash, the failure of the Bank of the United States, loss of personal savings, were visible symbols supporting this belief. As Friedman explains, the real cause was the unseen failure of government policy and action. Yet this crisis resulting from government failure leads to decades of government expansion.


The Failure of Socialism

The welfare state arises from the attempt to do good with other people's money. Such attempts always fail because: Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as his own. Welfare is supply driven. Those spending the money use force to collect it and to insure those receiving it use it for "right" purposes. Good intentions are corrupted by bad means. Friedman visits U.S. and Britain. 
60 min

Created Equal
The Declaration of Independence says, "all men are created equal." Friedman explains that this did not mean all persons should or will have equal talents or income. Equal opportunity to better one's self, and the right to personally benefit from the gains realized, are consistent with freedom. Equality of results requires force. Taking from some to give to others destroys freedom and removes the incentive for creating new wealth. Friedman visits India, U.S. and Britain.  60 min
educational methods
What's wrong with our schools

Parental choice and parental responsibility in the education of children is the U.S. tradition and is consistent with a free society. Centralized government control has eroded freedom and adversely affected the quality of education. The poor help pay for education for the future rich. Friedman has long advocated using vouchers to solve the problem. He explains why. Friedman visits U.S. and Britain. 
60 min
who protects consumer
Who Protects the Consumer

Various government agencies have been created on the claim that they will protect the consumer. These agencies restrict freedom, stifle beneficial innovation, and become agents for the industries or groups they are intended to regulate. Friedman explains how the apparent chaos of the market place, the competition of many suppliers for business, is the best protection of consumer interests. 
60 min
protecting workers
Who Protects the Worker

Unions sometimes protect some workers - their members - but usually at the expense of other workers. Government protects its employees and special groups of workers at the expense of other workers. Both unions and government restrict freedom. Friedman explains how the competition of employers for the talents of workers leads to the highest wages and best working conditions. 
60 min
inflation
How to Cure Inflation

Inflation results when the amount of money printed or coined increases faster than the creation of new goods and services. Money is a "token" of the wealth of a nation. If more tokens are created than new wealth, it takes more tokens to buy the same goods. Friedman explains why politicians like inflation, and why wage and price controls are not solutions to the problem. Friedman visits Japan, U.S. and Britain.  
60 min
how to stay free
How to Stay Free
Democracies have only recently been considered desirable. Historically, it was feared that democracies always self destruct when citizens, forgetting that you cannot remove want and misery through legislation, insist on government actions that physically and morally bankrupt their nation. Friedman explains why the United States has so far avoided this outcome and how we can continue to do so. This program includes an interview of Dr. Friedman by Lawrence E. Spivak.  60 min
Recommended reading :
The Legacy of MILTON AND ROSE FRIEDMAN’S Free to Choose
Economic Liberalism at the Turn of the 21st Century
Conference Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas October 2003

Milton and Rose Friedman
Milton and Rose Friedman

more about Milton and Rose Friedman here


Big Government leads to
Serfdom an
d Poverty

      ►  English Newsletter  
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Update 14-02-2008

The best Social
Program
is a Job
( Ronald Reagan )

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