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Here are some more videos that I think are worth our time and may motivate further study. You should be sure to also check out the related Must See videos on the Main Links page.
If we examine the facts of government actions and ignore (or take note of) the hypocritical rhetoric, we become much more skeptical of the government and the corporate media that enables it. This information should anger but also empower you. In the interview (Conversations with History) below, some of Chomsky's optimism is expressed.
- Lecture - Distorted Morality
Good overview of US foreign policy, especially in the 1980s (the Era of State-Sponsored International Terrorism, according to the December 2001 Journal of Current History article "America at War"), and how hypocritical its position on terrorism has been.
- Lecture - Emerging Framework of World Power
Chomsky argues that the September 2001 attacks were historic but that the trends in world power and terrorism did not change afterward but rather solidified. This is a good overview of US foreign policy, especially that of the 1980s and 1990s, with respect to common post-9/11 rhetoric.
- Lecture pt1 - Free Market Fantasies: Capitalism in the Real World
From the cd back cover: "There is endless talk about the free market and its virtues. Entrepreneurs compete on level playing fields and the public benefits. The chasm between such fantasies and reality is acute and growing. Megamergers and monopolies are limiting 'competition.' Fewer than 10 corporations control most of the global media, while the existing free market depends heavily on taxpayer subsidies and bailouts. Corporate welfare grossly exceeds that which goes to the poor. Economic policy is based on the dictum -- take from the needy, and give to the greedy." This lecture has made me skeptical of those who portray themselves as free market proponents but also more open to the possible benefits of an actually-free market. Milton Friedman (see next video section below) seems to have been an actual-free-market proponent.
- Interview/Debate pt1, pt2 - Noam Chomksy vs. William F. Buckley Jr.
This interview from 1969 is interesting in the topics and facts discussed and also in the dynamic between the two debators. If you like this interview, then you can see more of the interview and the following audience questions here:
- Debate pt1 - Noam Chomsky vs. Richard Perle
Noam Chomsky and Richard Perle debate US foreign policy at Ohio State University in 1988. Of the 12 parts, the first consists of introductions.
- Interview - Conversations with History
On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler is joined by linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky to discuss activism, anarchism and the role the United States plays in the world today.
As with Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman (Nobel Laureate economist) makes it clear that it is necessary to examine the facts about what really happens in reality (and not rely on nice, convincing rhetoric and theory) to decide what policies are best. I don't know for sure who is right or what facts are most important, but Friedman has made me more skeptical about the effectiveness of government economic policies. I have since become much more in favor of private voluntary means (which could be national in scale) of addressing inequity in ability and outcomes, rather than coercive means backed by government force.
- Interview - (Friedman's perspective)
Friedman answers the questions of the host of the television program Open Mind, revealing the nature of his philosophical and economic outlook. He shows himself to be at least as caring as his detractors claim to be, if not more so.
- Interview - Why Drugs Should Be Legalized
Friedman, on America's Drug Forum, speaks out on the immorality and bad economics of the War on Drugs and its history (Alcohol Prohibition). He talks in terms of markets and unintended consequences of market interference and the harm which government policies inflict. The full interview, which is wider in scope, without music and text-commentary is here:
- TV Program vol1 - Free to Choose
This is the first in a ten-volume television series based on the book Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by economists Milton and Rose Friedman. If this is interesting to you, I highly recommend the book, which does a good job of providing specific examples and is more convincing than this volume. (I have yet to see the other program volumes.)
- IdeaChannel.tv - the complete original and updated series, plus more
With the background of Chomsky and Friedman, Paul's message of freedom and non-interventionism makes a lot of sense. He ties all of his issues together with the importance of sound monetary policy: not only are banking and Federal Reserve policies unfair and economically dangerous, but they enable disastrous government foreign policy and abuses.
- Interview - (against warmongering) - Ron Paul on CNBC 2/22/10
This clip starts with mention of the strong support Paul received in the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) straw poll for running as a Presidential candidate in 2012. Paul relates economics to war: the perpetual, undeclared (unconstitutional) wars are financed by economic policy that has bankrupted our government, and the worse the financial situation gets, the more government spends, and the closer we get the collapse that is the historical pattern for over-extended empires. Paul argues, with warmongering hosts and guests, against assassination, fear-based aggression and pre-emptive war, and interventionism that causes blowback, and for free economic interaction with our "enemies" and limited, constitutionally declared wars.
- Interview - (about what's wrong with the Fed) - Ron Paul on CNBC 2/19/10
Paul argues that the Federal Reserve is immoral, unconstitutional, applies bad economics, and hurts the average person. He argues against economic interventionism and the Fed's central economic planning that creates large business cycles (bubbles and corrections/recession/depression), enables crony capitalism (selective bailouts and possibly secretive international bailouts, e.g., Greece), and monetizes any debt that congress creates (i.e., the Fed's actions are already politicized and are not independent). He proposes ending the Fed and allowing free economic exchange. H.R. 1207 (which passed in the House of Representatives) is also mentioned, not by name.
- Lecture pt1 - Robert Taft Club
Lecture on foreign policy, opposition to draft and selective service, application of the constitution, opposition to income tax, the monetary system and its relation to war, personal and economic liberty, etc. The last three parts are question-and-answer.
- Interview - The American Power Structure
From August, 1988, when Dr. Paul was the Libertarian candidate for president. From the original description: "Former four-term Congressman Ron Paul describes the American power structure. As a member of the House Banking and Currency Committee, Paul was in a unique position to see the inner workings of economic power and control of the country, and how this power translates into political power. Paul describes how, through the control of the Federal Reserve and the banking system, the American power elite is basically out of reach of the democratic system."
Schiff was an economic adviser to Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.
- TV Appearances - Peter Schiff "was right"
What's interesting is not just that Peter Schiff was right about certain things (because some doomsayers will eventually and inevitably be right) but his analysis of the state of the economy.
- Debate - CNBC 28 Dec 2006
Here's more of one of Peter Schiff's TV appearances, this one with President Reagan's economic advisor Arthur Laffer.
- Commentary - CNBC Dec.29, 2008
- Interview - David Walker
The Comptroller General of the United States proclaims that our current standard of living is unsustainable unless drastic action is taken. Fiscal irresponsibility and immorality could bankrupt our country.
- Interview - Conversations with History: Natural Capitalism
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Amory Lovins for a discussion of Natural Capitalism. Lovins explains the origins and mission of Rocky Mountain Institute and analyzes the opportunities and benefits of using the profit motive to redesign the relationship between the environment and capitalism. Drawing on his thirty year career as an innovator/consultant/scientist, he analyzes the mechanisms by which ideas can impact business practice and government policy with the goal of sustaining the environment.