Dead Wrong™ with Johan Norberg
Each week, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow, Johan Norberg, explains free-market principles in these short video clips.
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1:16
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
And now for something completely different, pornography. Because of the internet it’s now available to everybody, all the time and that’s dangerous because porn promotes sexism and results in more sexual crime. Dead wrong. Find out the naked truth with the latest research from Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.
1:27
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Everybody loves infrastructure spending. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It creates jobs and growth. It’s win-win. Its shovel ready. Let’s start building. Dead wrong. Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains why these feel good projects can lead taxpayers down a slippery slope.
1:24
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
If some countries don’t tax their carbon dioxide emissions, their dirty production will outcompete our greener industries. So, we need climate tariffs on imports so that all the products pay for the pollution at the border. Dead wrong. Find out why that argument is just a bunch of hot air. Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:48
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Our ancestors produced everything they needed themselves. Whereas we consume things we don’t even understand how they’re created. Division of labor has resulted in an absurd alienated world. Wouldn’t self-sufficiency be more natural? Dead wrong. Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains that without free trade, you’d more than likely starve before you could even make a sandwich.
1:19
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
There are differences in intelligence between nations and groups and they are based on genetic differences. Just look at the gap in IQ scores between ethnic groups in America. Dead Wrong. Find out why intelligence levels are not necessarily set in stone as Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:24
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
We live in an era of unique inequality. In countries and between countries we are being torn apart by globalization and free markets. No, no, no. That’s Dead Wrong. Global inequality is actually down for the first time since the 18th century. Here’s Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg on how.
1:28
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
It’s stupid trade. It’s destroying our industries and our jobs. It’s killing us. So bring on the tariffs, to save the jobs. Dead wrong. Let’s talk about the effect of automation on jobs as opposed to globalization as Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:22
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Trade is important, so we need more trade agreements between countries. Actually, that’s Dead Wrong. Multiple deals with complicated rules may even be the reason that trade growth has slowed. Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:20
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Sure, Fidel Castro was a dictator, but he also gave Cuba literacy, low infant mortality and world class health care, so socialism worked in that regard at least. Dead Wrong. Find out why those numbers don’t add up from Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg.
1:19
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Free trade is for the rich and the big corporations. To help the poor we have to rid ourselves of our free trade dogmas. Read my lips. That is Dead Wrong. Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains why open markets, in reality, increase the purchasing power of the poor and middle class.
1:13
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
We need unifying symbols and institutions in our increasingly diverse and globalized societies, so why not re-introduce the military draft, which was a melting pot for people from all backgrounds, and where troubled kids were straightened out? Dead wrong.
1:22
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
On election night as Donald Trump triumphed, someone tweeted, “Maybe if we called more people racist in louder voices this wouldn’t be happening right now.” Of course he was being ironic, but this sentiment is so Dead Wrong that we have to talk about it. Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains why this thought process becomes its own self-fulfilling prophecy.
1:31
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
We have to talk about the elephant graph in the room. It shows that all the world's poor, and the very richest in rich countries, increased their income a lot between 1988 and 2008. But look at the west's middle class - nothing. They are the losers of globalization. Dead wrong. Numbers can play tricks if you don’t look at the whole picture.
1:19
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Have you heard what's happened to Capital in the 21st Century? The rich get richer, and they pass on their wealth to the next generation, so a new capitalist aristocracy is perpetuated. Well...that's dead wrong. In fact, open markets actually make doing so more difficult.
1:19
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
We've lost control of our borders. Let's build a wall, then we can relax. We will be in charge of migration again. Dead Wrong. Johan Norberg explains why building a wall won’t be the barrier to illegal immigration that some think.
1:19
Wednesday, October 18, 2016
As leftist writer Naomi Klein puts it, after 1990, global capitalism lapsed into its most savage form. All hope for progress and development was lost. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. But Klein – is Dead Wrong.
1:16
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Trade destroys jobs, and the losers vote against it. Whatever you think of Donald Trump, you have to admit that support for him shows there is something wrong with globalization. Dead Wrong.
1:24
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
We stop ex-convicts from re-offending by getting them a job. So we need laws that ban employers from inquiring about criminal histories. It’s especially important for African Americans, who are five times more likely to go to jail. Dead Wrong.
1:16
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
For years, the demand for low skilled workers has declined so their wages have stagnated. Therefore we need higher minimum wages to help them. Dead Wrong!
1:40
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
It seems like ethnic groups cluster in particular areas, and never meet with, or understand the others. Segregation is on the rise. Dead Wrong.
1:21
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Many countries and states are legalizing cannabis. And it’s a dangerous experiment, because the most vulnerable, our teenagers, will do more drugs. Dead Wrong.
1:34
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The amount of money spent on US political campaigns seems to grow all the time. And since the wealthy can spend more, they can buy our elections. Dead Wrong.
1:22
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
NAFTA is the worst trade deal in history! And, combined with China's entrance into the World Trade Organization, it has wiped out our manufacturing sector. Dead Wrong.
1:00
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
It seems like everything we buy is made in China these days. We import cheap goods, but we export good jobs. We should just produce everything we need locally and keep the factories and jobs at home. Dead Wrong.
1:15
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
We’re energy-hungry monsters. We’re thoughtless consumers and we waste way too much electricity. If we keep this up, the whole planet will suffer, and if developing countries copy us, it’s a disaster, right? Dead Wrong.
1:03
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
In rich countries, we buy more, we travel anywhere, and the planet pays the price. It’s obvious that the richer we get, the more we damage the environment. Dead wrong.
1:27
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Trade is war, all against all, dog eat dog. Just look at the size of the trade deficit. Or look at the iPhone. Even that is made in China. They’re killing us on trade. Dead wrong.
1:31
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Those who hope for a swift end to Cuban communism should be careful that they don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, literally. Infant mortality in Cuba is famously low, even lower than in the US. Dead Wrong.
1:20
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Free trade means that we buy the cheapest goods no matter how it is produced. Even if the goods are produced by the cheapest labor: children. You consume, and another child suffers. Luckily, that is Dead Wrong.
1:35
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
We are warming our planet with greenhouse gases, and this changes everything. We need drastic measures to dismantle industrial capitalism if we are to have any chance of surviving. Dead Wrong, and dangerous.
1:22
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists." Dead wrong.
1:15
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
If the rest of the world wants women to rise to the top in business, you should do what we have done in Sweden and other Nordic countries with generous welfare states and egalitarian policies. Dead Wrong.
1:16
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Isn’t there something wrong with our modern, individualistic world? We all want more choices and more wealth, but we get overwhelmed by all those choices, and after a certain point, more money doesn’t contribute to our well-being. GDP cannot buy happiness. Dead wrong.
1:20
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
It’s been an awful financial crisis, but luckily central banks have saved our economy by flooding the markets with easy money. Now it won’t happen again. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s probably Dead Wrong. In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:16
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Genetically modified organisms are Frankenfoods. This is a wild, dangerous experiment that must be stopped, at once. At least we need labeling laws to warn people. Dead Wrong! In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:35
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The terrorists strike again, and no one is safe. They don’t just threaten our lives, they threaten our societies. It’s time that we strike back, with all possible means, without restraint. Dead Wrong! In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:28
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Massive leaks have revealed how the rich hide their money in tax havens. Therefore they expose the greed and immorality at the heart of global capitalism. Dead Wrong! In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:15
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
It's bizarre that we are now suddenly supposed to trade with vicious dictatorships like Cuba and Iran. Don't we have a responsibility to try and undermine these despots, with trade sanctions? Dead Wrong! In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:32
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The world’s 62 richest people own more than the world’s 3.5 billion poorest people combined. Surely, the big problem in our world is inequality, and the only way to help the poor, is to take from the rich. Dead Wrong! In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:31
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The middle class is being squeezed. US wages have not increased since the 1970s. If we had just slowed down the pace of technological change, and exposed our companies to less global competition, we would all have benefited. Dead Wrong! In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains.
1:18
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Many people claim the U.S. should be more like Sweden and give more benefits. Should we? In this short video clip, Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains how Sweden became successful first, and how expanded government actually pulled them down.
1:10
Tuesday, February 19, 2016
The clothes we wear condemn millions to a life of working in a sweatshop in countries like Cambodia and Bangladesh. It’s embarrassing that we walk around in fancy clothes made by poor people who work long hours for little money. We should all be ashamed, shouldn’t we?
1:21
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Don’t give me that Merry Christmas. Humbug! I’m not a Christian. Saying Merry Christmas is insensitive. It's cultural imperialism. Dead Wrong. Free To Choose Media Executive Editor and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explains why claiming offense over the expression may be rooted in a misunderstanding of its origins.