• War on Poverty: What it got wrong | IN 60 SECONDS
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    War on Poverty: What it got wrong | IN 60 SECONDS

    Ready to go! President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had some important successes, but it got at least one thing very wrong: Its leaders used the language of civil rights to talk about income and poverty. Financial assistance from the government is not a right! It’s not protected by the Constitution like religious freedom or freedom of speech. Using the language of rights led to two big mistakes. First, it told people in need that they had no role in improving their economic situation; the government would take care of everything. And second, it led to a misguided effort to use Congress and federal courts to impose uniform anti-poverty policies…

  • Is Social Justice Just? Why Income Inequality is Just [POLICYbrief]
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    Is Social Justice Just? Why Income Inequality is Just [POLICYbrief]

    Social justice is the idea that everybody should be treated equal no matter what their virtue, no matter what their vices, no matter how much they, let’s say, in economics, produce. They should all be the same. So the more secular social justice movement is really animated primarily by this notion of equality, of, uh, equality of outcome, uh, whether it’s economic, uh, outcome or whether it’s social outcome. But they want equality of outcome. It’s this altruistic idea that those who create more, produce more, who make more, who have more, who have higher standing for whatever reason, should sacrifice what they have or should be forced to sacrifice…

  • America | Bernie Sanders
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    America | Bernie Sanders

    ♪ hmm hmm hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm ♪ ♪ hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm-hmm ♪ ♪ Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together ♪ [ cheering ] ♪ I’ve got some real estate here in my bag ♪ ♪ Counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike ♪ ♪ They’ve all come to look for America ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ All come to look for America ♪ ♪ All come to look for America ♪ ♪ All come to look for America ♪ I’m Bernie Sanders, and I approve this message.

  • Constitution Lecture Extra: Coining Money and Legal Tender
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    Constitution Lecture Extra: Coining Money and Legal Tender

    I think it’s worthwhile occasionally to look around at claims that are being made and to try and apply what we’ve learned so far in this series to try to reach conclusions. This is a response to a video made by Dr. Tom Woods called, “Is Ron Paul Wrong on Money and the Constitution?” He made this video as a response to critics who claim that Ron Paul is wrong when he says that the Constitution requires gold and silver money, not fiat money. I invite you to watch this video, and you may wish to do so before playing the rest of this lecture. Dr. Woods does a good…

  • ConstitutionUK: Crowdsourcing the UK’s Constitution
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    ConstitutionUK: Crowdsourcing the UK’s Constitution

    Hello. Welcome to this website-LSE IPA’s Crowdsourcing the United Kingdom Constitution. The reason we are doing this is simple- the United Kingdom doesn’t have a Constitution. It has no formal rules and regulations governing how the place is run and we want to change that. We want to change it with your help. We’re not relying on teams of experts, we’re not relying on the usual Professors gathered in a room, determining what it should be and then declaring it and this or that, soon to be ignored by paper. We’re involving the British public in the question- “What should go in the Constitution?”. We’re starting with a public meeting…

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    Richard Wolff and Bob Hennelly talk about the Green New Deal

    We have been hearing stories about a proposal coming from the most progressive parts of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others, about a Green New Deal. I’m struck by that. I’m struck by putting these terms together: the New Deal, which really was a massive program to help working people, and green, a recognition of the ecological disaster we are living through. Tell us a little bit about why that’s in the news and what you as a labor reporter picked up on as this is being debated. Well unfortunately I think in our Twitter-verse that were in it kind of to a bad start because the right-wing reactionary…

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    Richard Wolff and Rob Robinson on Homelessness

    And what is this in an economic system that simply can’t solve a fairly obvious problem? So is it that we don’t have enough, Rick? Or is it that there isn’t the will to do it to fit the needs of the people, right? I would argue that will never build our way out of this problem. What we need to do is think a little differently and use vacant spaces, right? And I always use the foreclosure crisis during that time period because it’s a key indicator on how we operate as a society, right? During the financial crisis there were (in 2010) 14.4 million vacant homes, 2 million…

  • The Role of Economic Liberty in the United States
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    The Role of Economic Liberty in the United States

    We’re very excited and, and honored to have uh the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission here with us today. She’s a good friend to the organization, also a good personal friend. I’ve known her for years. She served at the commission for 11 years, that was sort of mentioned or alluded, alluded to by Senator Cruz, and became a commissioner in 2012 before being designated to serve in her current position in January of this year. Chairman Olhausen is an expert in privacy and trade law and before working for the commission she was an adjunct faculty at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University where she…

  • Arthur C. Brooks – Bringing America Together
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    Arthur C. Brooks – Bringing America Together

    – What do we do about this deep political polarization problem? That’s what I wanna talk about today. I think that the title that we put on the lecture is “How to Bring America Together”, right, and one of the points I’m gonna make is that we all can be part of the experience and the project of bringing America back together again, and it doesn’t matter if you’re on the left or the right. I wanna talk about some principles that transcend your particular political views and indeed should make us want to come together, especially because we don’t agree. Crazy idea, right? It sounds sort of idealistic, but…

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    Bernie Sanders on FDR | Bernie Sanders

    A few hours ago, a few hours ago I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt homestead. And I was happy to be there because in my view, FDR was one of the great presidents in the history of this country. He was a great president because he came into office in 1933, in a nation which was experiencing the worst depression in the history of our country and he looked around him and he saw millions of people unemployed and hungry. He saw farmers losing their farms. He saw people struggling every single day to get the healthcare they needed or education for their kids. And…