Milton Friedman Speaks - Myths That Conceal Reality

Milton Friedman Speaks - Myths That Conceal Reality

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Title Milton Friedman Speaks - Myths That Conceal Reality
Duration 52:46
Source YouTube
Tags Milton Friedman (Academic), Great Depression (Event), Free Trade (Literature Subject), Free Market (Literature Subject), Federal Reserve System (Government Agency), Government, Economy (Field Of Study), Robber Baron (Literature Subject), Reality (Quotation Subject), Myths

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 expense of the poor. The reality is that they became wealthy by being productive, and that there is no other period in history which saw such a rapid and widespread improvement in the well-being of the average individual; (2) The myth that the Great Depression was caused by a failure of business, when it was, in fact, produced by a failure of government and specifically by the Federal Reserve System; (3) The myth that government in the economy has expanded in response to public demand, when, actually, the public has had to be sold "hard" for politicians to enact every major social program; (4) The "free lunch" myth, which forces the individual to pay more, no matter how the government raises money - by taxing individuals, by taxing businesses, or by printing more money; and (5) The myth that government, like Robin Hood, transfers wealth from the rich to the poor, when the reality is that the government usually transfers wealth and income from both the very rich and the very poor to those in the middle. Check out our Facebook page here: Visit our media website to find other programs here: Connect with us on Twitter here: Learn more about our company here: Shop for related products here: Stream from FreeToChoose.TV here:

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