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Milton Friedman Speaks
In print, radio, and television, Professor Milton Friedman applied the economic approach to the many challenges of human societies. He has done so in a manner that is both accessible to the average citizen, yet consistent with the best scholarly work. Recorded in 1977-78, these 15 lectures were originally intended to be the core content of what became the Free To Choose television programs.
Money and Inflation
Inflation is blamed on many things. But it has only one cause: It is a monetary phenomenon. Inflation occurs when the quantity of money increases faster than the quantity of goods. Why does the money...
Myths That Conceal Reality
Five myths cloud our perception of both the past and the present. (1) The “robber baron” myth which holds that in late nineteenth-century America there were powerful men who became rich at the...
The Role of Government in a Free Society
John Stuart Mill said, in effect, that self-protection is the only legitimate reason for people to interfere with the freedom of others. If we are to define the role of government in a free society,...
Friedrich A. Hayek Discussions
Austrian economist and political philosopher Friedrich A. Hayek, fellow economists and others explore his life and work, through a series of personal discussions.
Tom Hazlett, Professor of Economics, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics engage in an informative and thoughtful discussion of economic and social trends, and monetary theory.
Earlene Craver Leijonhufvud
Earlene Craver, Economics writer, shares with Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics, his recollections of traveling to America as a young man. Hayek also discusses his perception of the tension between...
Noted economist Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics and author, Leo Rosten engage in hour one of a lively and occasionally controversial three-part interview of, in a wide-ranging discussion of von...
Gary Becker Discussions
Nobel prize-winning economist, scholar, author, and Professor Gary S. Becker passed away on May 3, 2014 at the age of 83, but he and his ideas will be remembered forever in these discussions.
Preferences, Self-Interest, Subtle Choices
Dr. Gary Becker, 1992 Nobel Economist and Aaron Wildavsky, Prof. of Political Science and Public Policy, UC Berkeley, discuss the ways in which preferences and self-interest influence our decisions.
Transition in Eastern Europe
How rapidly should former Eastern Bloc countries convert to free market economies? Considering, and sometimes debating this question, are Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, Nobel Economists at the...
Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Nobel laureate Gary Becker discuss Shultz’s career and his thoughts on issues that have transpired since his time within the Reagan...
The PRC Forum
From Milton Friedman and Walter Williams, to Gary Becker and Charles Murray, these discussions let the viewer in on what these economists, businessmen and women, and other intellectuals considered not only their passion, but what they believed to be most important.
James Buchanan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and 1986 Nobel laureate, discusses political and constitutional rules within which politicians operate. He analyzes incentives faced...
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. degree in economics from California State University - Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D degrees in economics from UCLA. He also...
David Horowitz (BA Columbia-1959; MA UC Berkeley-1961) is an author/editor. In this discussion with co-editor Peter Collier, Horowitz now describes himself as a conservative. He challenges his past...
Conversations with George P. Shultz
In this 11-part series, George P. Shultz is joined by former colleagues and fellow economics enthusiasts to discuss topics from U.S foreign policy, terrorism, negotiation, and the role of the State Department, to reminiscing about other colleagues from years past.
Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Abraham D. Sofaer discuss Shultz’s career and his thoughts on issues that have transpired since his time within...
Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Hoover Institution Fellow Robert Conquest discuss their unique perspectives on the Soviet Union. From economics to architecture, to culture, hear...
Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Stanford Professor Emeritus Henry Rowen discuss foreign policy and national security, particularly the organizational question of the proper roles of the...
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Take a look into the inner workings of American Government at a time when tensions reached to the limit of conflict in Cuba. Join panel members from the Kennedy cabinet discussing what it was like from the beginning to the end of the conflict, and find out how our government responded to the challenges presented to them.
Panel members Richard Neustadt, of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy for National Security Affairs, Edwin Martin,...
Richard Neustadt, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and General Maxwell Taylor discuss Taylor's key role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Panel members Richard Neustadt, of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Robert S. McNamara, Secy. of Defense under J.F.K., George W. Ball, an Under Secy. of State for J.F.K.,...