Capitalism Versus Socialism

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say socialism is a good thing. He says it brings us fairness, quality, kindness, and on and on. Capitalism, on the other hand, is about individual choice through the free market. Neil Sroka, of Democracy for America Communications, joins Liberty Pen host John Stossel to argue the need for more socialism, while economist Ivan Pongracic, of Hillsdale College, explains why such a path is folly.

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The Fallacy of Economic Myths

Many popular economic myths have been adopted by the masses–especially opportunistic politicians–that just don’t stand up to the facts. A popular concept floating around Democrat campaigns is making a state college or community college education free to students. What they can’t get through their troubled heads is that when politicians subsidize things, it doesn’t make the cost go away. Says consumer reporter John Stossel, “In the case of college tuition, they’ve tried. Federal spending and college aid has doubled, then doubled again. But as government aid grew, so did tuition.” He explains further and analyzes other myths that bend the truth in this edition of Liberty Pen.

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Bias in the Ivory Tower

In many of America’s colleges today, a large majority of the professors lean heavily to the left. In fact, of the professors from major colleges who donate to political parties, 99 percent of them give money to the Democrat Party. Talk about elitism in academia. How are students expected to get a well-rounded education? David Corbin, political science professor at The King’s College in New York City, says,”Most of the hiring in higher education, especially in elite colleges, happens at the departamental level. So you’ll have a majority of individuals who’ll choose to add to their numbers.” Corbin joins John Stossel on this edition of Liberty Pen to discuss politics within academia.

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The Saga Of Rule Breakers

Established companies across America are getting fed up with the “rule breakers,” start-ups like Uber and Airbnb who share the economy. In this edition of Liberty Pen, consumer reporter John Stossel takes a look at some freedom-loving rule breakers in St. George, Utah, who benefit Americans far more than the option-stifling regulators protecting special interests.

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The Lie Of the Left

African-American Star Parker, syndicated columnist, Republican activist and founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, shatters “the big lie” perpetrated by liberals that you must be white in this country to fully achieve the American Dream. Radical activists and politicians have long contended that there are too many obstacles for blacks, Hispanics and other minorities to move forward. Parker says she bought the big lie and lived in an out of poverty before a conversion to Christianity opened her eyes. “Freedom lovers understand American exceptionalism, they understand the American Dream, they understand what we were founded on–of traditional living, of free markets of limited roles of government,” she says. “So once you grab a hold of that, you can be whatever you want in America.” Parker continues her discussion with John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

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Law Without Government

Private arbitration occurs outside government’s courtroom, but political commentator John Stossel says the Constitutions explicitly states the courts are a job for government. Professional arbitrator and former judge, Alex Ferrer, says that’s generally true, but people have a right to contract whatever they like, as long as it’s legal. Join the debate as Ferrer explains the benefits of private arbitration.

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Blame the Grievance Industry

Whether it’s Black Lives Matter directing its hatred at law enforcement or the Reverend Al Sharpton spewing vitriol, our disadvantaged neighborhoods continue to wallow in the self-pity and victimization culture that has swallowed up these communities. Celebrated economist, social theorist and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Professor Thomas Sowell, blames this very grievance industry for promoting the prevalent self-defeating welfare state vision. Sowell explains in this interview with host Peter Robinson on Liberty Pen’s “Uncommon Knowledge.”

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The Clout Of Junk Science

Organize a bad study with a minimum amount of participants and a tantalizing press release and, voila, you have created a piece of viable junk science. Harvard-based biologist and science journalist John Bohannon explains the phenomenon to John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

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Recycling Stupidity

Recyling makes Americans feel good. But many–more specifically the environmentalist crazies–have gone one step farther. Not only do they recycle everything, but make an added effort to produce no trash, or very little of it. Call it the sustainability movement, or more precisely, green tyranny. In this edition of Liberty Pen, consumer reporter John Stossel examines the wisdom of recycling programs and their ramifications.

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The Failure of the Fed

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Dr. Thomas Sowell is adamant that since the financial crisis of 2008 the Federal Reserve has been an abject failure. “By keeping the interest rates low, they’re for example depriving a whole generation a decent return on money that they saved, which would normally go into the market place and earn them a decent rate of interest,” Sowell tells Peter Robinson of Uncommon Knowledge. “But now the Federal Reserve is keeping the interest rate low, so they won’t get it.” Tune in as Sowell elaborates on the Fed and corrects a common misconception of the Great Depression on this edition of Liberty Pen.

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