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Freedom: Benefits of a Basic Income Guarantee vs. Welfare – Learn Liberty

Freedom: Benefits of a Basic Income Guarantee vs. Welfare – Learn Liberty

The US federal government spends well over six hundred billion dollars a year on welfare spread across more than a hundred and twenty different programs. When you add in spending at the state and local level total welfare spending in the United States amounts to over a trillion dollars a year. That’s over $20,000 for each and every poor person in the United States. Sounds great right? But unfortunately, not only has this massive spending not solved the problem of…

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What Factors Contributed to a Conflict-Ridden Middle East? | A World on the Brink

What Factors Contributed to a Conflict-Ridden Middle East? | A World on the Brink

Dee Smith: In this episode of A World on the Brink, we are going to look at a part of the world where three continents and many cultures collide. The origin of the three great monotheistic religions, and the source of many of today’s most violent conflicts, the Middle East. Today, the Middle East seems more in conflict than ever, and the conflict has become so complex that many of us wonder if it will ever be resolved. I’m Dee…

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Who were the Richest Tycoons in America?

Who were the Richest Tycoons in America?

Robber barons. Who were the Richest Tycoons in America? In the late 19th century and early 20th century there were Americans who made vast amounts of wealth, these tycoons gained the derogatory nickname “Robber barons” because of the questionable methods they used to acquire their fortunes and build their vast industrial empires. Andrew Carnegie. Steel. Net worth: 310 billions US dollars. Andrew Carnegie was born in poverty in Scotland and emigrated to the United States as a child. Here he…

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What is freedom today? Slavoj Žižek | Comment Is Free

What is freedom today? Slavoj Žižek | Comment Is Free

What is freedom today? In order to be actually free to do what I want, I certainly would like to have the state and other bodies taking care of things not only without my choice, but even without me knowing about them. On the other hand, are we aware to what extent when we freely choose, our choices are pre-determined. This is why I think the last revelations by Wikileaks are so important. They are about TISA. A mega important…

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The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (Documentary)

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (Documentary)

The film you are about to see was entirely self-funded, at a budget of £4000. At the twilight of the British Empire, bankers, lawyers and accountants from the City of London set up a spider’s web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and funnelled it to London. The British soldier: all around the globe you’ll find him, from Gibraltar to Hong Kong. Everywhere he stands against the threatening years, staunch symbol of our common will…

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1. Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society

1. Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society

Professor Robert Shiller: This is Economics 252, Financial Markets, and I’m Bob Shiller. Let me begin by introducing the teaching fellows for this course; and so I have them up here. We have five teaching fellows at this time and they’re from all over. I like to put their pictures up so you’ll know who they are. The teaching fellows are very international and that reflects my intention to make this a course that is also very international because finance…

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How China Meddles in Latin America (w/ Dee Smith, Elizabeth Economy, & Christopher Sabatini)

How China Meddles in Latin America (w/ Dee Smith, Elizabeth Economy, & Christopher Sabatini)

Dee Smith: Welcome to The Exchange. I’m Dee Smith. And today, I’m going to be speaking with Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations here in New York, and Christopher Sabatini of Columbia University and the think tank Global Americans. And we’re going to be discussing some of the very interesting and somewhat disturbing aspects of Chinese activity in Latin America. This ranges across a whole range of activities, from huge hydroelectric projects in places like Brazil, to a…

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