Are we free? How free? Can freedom be measured? How? This segment looks at the annual Human Freedom Index.
What are tariffs? Why do some countries enact them? Many people oppose tariffs, but shouldn’t the government protect people’s jobs—especially from competition? What if the competition is unfair? This segment looks at the consequences of the recently proposed tariffs.
Are communism and fascism opposites? Aren’t they on opposite ends of the political spectrum? Just what is left and what is right? And what does it mean to be “middle of the road”? Is there another way to look at political philosophies? This video segment looks at the commonly accepted political spectrum and suggests a different approach.
When you were a child, how many times were you asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” When you answered, did you think that you would need the government’s permission to do the job you wanted? Do your students? But now more than ever, we do need permission,nin the form of a license or certification, to work. Why? This video looks at how licensing rules reduce competition and opportunities.
We learn from CSI, Law & Order, and NCIS that forensic science is infallible, leading to the conviction of people who might otherwise have gotten away with their crimes. But DNA testing has shown that bite marks, fingerprints, and carpet fiber and hair analyses have all led to the convictions of innocent people.
Do rich people take so much wealth that there is little left for the rest of us? Why should some people be rich and others poor? Are unequal outcomes acceptable or even good, or should the government try to equalize outcomes? What’s fair?
Should the United States reduce emissions that might contribute to climate change? Shouldn’t all countries? Isn’t that what the Paris Climate Agreement does? This video looks at commitments some countries made in the Paris Climate Agreement.
If you could, would you take an eye exam online? The American Optometric Association says that these online tests are dangerous. But are they? Is this a case of concerned vision care providers trying to save us from dangerous innovations, or is the American Optometric Association simply trying to protect its members’ jobs against this innovative competition? This video looks at online eye exams and those trying to ban them.