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Good Intentions Gone Awry

It’s well documented that American blacks have received their share of upheaval, none of them more disparaging than slavery. So is the answer more government aid? Manhattan Institute senior fellow Jason Riley says no. His new book, Please Stop Helping Us, spells out how well-intended government programs have damaged blacks. Riley explains further in an interview with John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

The Myth of Cool Commies

Che Guevera, a major figure in the Cuban Revolution of the late 1950s, advocated banning the free press and anything capitalist as he aided Fidel Castro ascend to power in the now communist state. He later admitted to executing many Cubans by firing squad, not knowing if they were fully guilty. Yet Guevara continues to be venerated by progressives. Michael Moynihan, of The Daily Beast, joins Liberty Pen’s John Stossel to discuss the myths that continue to romanticize Guevara and communism.

Pros, Cons Of Buying American

In a recent poll, Americans voiced their preference for American-made products by a wide margin. Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, contends that buying American will absolutely put Americans to work. But David Boudreaux, an economist at George Mason University, disagrees. He says the whole concept is stupid. Paul and Boudreaux join consumer reporter John Stossel to discuss the wisdom of buying American in this heated edition of Liberty Pen.

Koch Brothers Despised by Left

Billionaires David and Charles Koch, more commonly known as the Koch Brothers, have spent millions of dollars supporting Republican campaigns, drawing the ire of the progressive left. But consumer and investigative reporter John Stossel sees their spending and philanthropic efforts as a good thing for the nation. “I like both of them. I think they’re doing something wonderful,” Stossel says. He went on to point out that the Kochs have created real wealth creation and jobs, and both preach free market. Jim Dean, brother of former presidential candidate John Dean, has a different take on the Kochs and debates Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Capitalism the Best Path

Consumer reporter and political pundit John Stossel takes on the decades old matchup: Capitalism versus Communism. But is there a third way? Something, maybe, like capitalism with a large infusion of government. Stossel says too much government intervention will never work. “People can’t prosper where there are so many rules,” he reasons. “Politicians say these rules make life fairer, but years of consumer reporting taught me that life is fairest when people are free to make our own decisions.” Check on the rest of Stossel’s analysis on this edition of Liberty Pen.

Parasites Infiltrate Economy

The CATO Institute’s David Boaz in a chapter of his new book says society is made poor by various parasites who enrich themselves by manipulating government. The chapter is “The Parasite Economy” and the book is titled The Libertarian Mind. Boaz tells John Stossel that these parasites are no longer interested in pleasing their customers but in using government to force people to give them money. Boaz elaborates in this edition of Liberty Pen on PJTV.

Bailouts For Billionaires

Six years ago when America’s banks proclaimed that everyone should have a mortgage, some think they had good intentions. But as history tells us, the housing bubble burst, sending these financial institutions reeling and extending their proverbial hand in search for a government bailout. Is this the right path for our governemnt? Join consumer advocate John Stossel and Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff for some answers as they discuss bailouts and subsidies for the financially well-connected in this edition of Liberty Pen.

The Dark Side Of Authority

David Eagleman, a neuroscientist from Baylor School of Medicine, joins consumer journalist John Stossel as they take a look at how rules, titles and a lack of direct responsibility can entice good people to do evil things. Eagleman and Stossel give their insight on the dark side of authority in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Government vs. Small Business

Two of the staples of the conservative platform are less taxes and small government. And this is especially espoused when the Goliath which is our government takes on small business, aka David. More times than not, government thrives on creating obstacles for small business, as has been prevalent in the current administration. Consumer advocate John Stossel welcomes small-business owners Martha Boneta and Marty Kotis to discuss their experience with Big Brother in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Beware Of the Nanny State

Truth be told, regulations can save lives. But they can inflict lots of damage, too. Is a nanny state mentality the answer? Do we really want to trade our freedom for a bunch of predisposed rules and regulations? “The control freaks always want more,” says John Stossel. “They want to protect us from ourselves, by limiting what we eat, what we do for pleasure, even how we give to charity. They think it’s their duty.” In this edition of Liberty Pen, Stossel welcomes economist Matthew Mitchell, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, to discuss the unintended consequences of nanny state rule.

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