Three Reasons Sweatshops Are Good for the Poor (by LearnLiberty)
Sweatshops should all be shut down because of the terrible working conditions and unfair treatment of workers, right? But what about the people who choose to work in these conditions? If we look at sweatshops from the perspective of the world’s poor, we may find that we should not be trying to close their doors after all. Professor Matt Zwolinski explains three reasons sweatshops may actually be worth keeping: sweatshop jobs may be better than the alternatives, closing sweatshops just reduces job options for the poor, and it is better to do something to end global poverty than to do nothing. From the perspective of the world’s poor, which looks better: an American company that outsources to sweatshops and provides jobs in developing countries, or an American company that hires only U.S. workers?
Check out the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/world/africa/27safrica.html?_r=3&scp=1&…
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Banning Soda, Lessons from Wisconsin, & Obama the Pot Smoker (by ReasonTV)
“In the same week that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was pushing the idea [of banning super-size soft drinks] he also celebrated National Donut Day with the world’s largest box of Entenmann’s donuts that were the size of manhole covers,” says ReasonTV’s Nick Gillespie. “And that’s OK, but God forbid you get that 17-ounce soda.”
Gillespie joins Reason Magazine’s Matt Welch and KFI DJ Kennedy for a wide-ranging discussion of the hypocrisy of the proposed soda ban, the real lessons of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall victory, and the revelation that our drug-fighting commander-in-chief Barack Obama was once a “puff-puff passer.”
About 8 minutes. Shot by Jim Epstein, Meredith Bragg, and Josh Swain, and edited by Epstein.
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Segment #4 Ron Kaye long time veteran editor of the L A Daily News explains how the “new media” and the internet is causing the real news stories to go viral while Government is issuing “Press Passes” to control the main stream. By giving press credentials to favored reporters and news outlets government selects journalists who will give the write favorable spin on their stories.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the latest on Fast & Furious, including the June 7th Judiciary Committee hearing with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Leonard Liggio is currently the Executive Vice President of Academics at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Institute for Humane Studies, and a Research Professor at George Mason University’s School of Law.
In this talk, given at a Future of Freedom Foundation event in 1995, Liggio recounts the story of the modern libertarian movement in America, beginning with the resistance to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs in the 1930s and continuing through the 1940s and 1960s with the founding of think tanks like the Foundation for Economic Education and the Institute for Humane studies. Liggio talks about the impact of certain individuals on the libertarian movement during this time period, including Leonard Reed, William Volker, Milton Friedman, Baldy Harper, Henry Hazlitt, Loren ‘Red’ Miller, Murray Rothbard, Frank Chodorov, George Stigler, and others.
Download an .mp3 version of this lecture here: http://bit.ly/LgGqrv
Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, takes the helm of the Peter Schiff Radio Show for a special edition examining the recent reelection of Gov. Scott Walker to the state of Wisconsin, and what this means to Democrats and Republicans. Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web - http://www.freedomainradio.com
Schiff applies Bastiat’s brilliant essay on the “Seen and Unseen” impacts of government spending: for every government-created job there are countless unseen jobs which never come into existence because politicians have taken the necessary capital out of the private sector economy.