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Jan 9, 2018

Show 2039 The Acceleration of Innovation, The Health Care Mess, A Venezuelan Student, Private Charity, and Competition for Schools

This ACU show consists of several selections from the Foundation for Economic Education (FFE)

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Common Sense Soapbox #3: Health Care is a Mess... But Why?

Foundation for Economic Education

Published on Jul 20, 2017

You probably know a couple who both work full time to support their children, but even with their dual incomes, they’re finding it more and more difficult to afford health insurance. Everyday incidents like sports injuries, asthma, and blood pressure, combined with their anxiety over rising premiums, are turning their American dream into sleepless nights. Why can’t people catch a break? It wasn’t always this way! Check out the transcript of this episode aind out more about how we got here at FEE: And download FEE's new Essential Guide to Health Care Reform: ________________ Written by Seamus Coughlin & Sean Malone Animated by Seamus Coughlin Special thanks to Michael Cannon.


Common Sense Soapbox #2: Don't Be PC. Be Polite!

Foundation for Economic Education

Published on Jun 15, 2017

 “There’s an argument that “political correctness” is just a bogeyman term invented to lash out against polite society without seeming crude or uncivil. That what we call “political correctness” is actually politeness, and we just don’t wanna be polite! But this is just plain wrong. There’s a difference between being PC and being polite, and I can prove it!” Check it out at FEE: Written by Seamus Coughlin & Sean W. Malone Animation by Seamus Coughlin


Common Sense Soapbox #5: Does Life Owe You Lemonade?

Published on Dec 1, 2017

People seem to think we have the right to a whole lot these days, whether it’s the right to freedom of speech, the right to own a gun, the right to use birth control, or the right to healthcare. But what is a right?


Common Sense Soapbox #4: Can You Handle Diversity in Ideas?

Published on Aug 17, 2017

The term "freedom of expression" is thrown around a lot, but what exactly does it mean?  Does it apply to everyone all the time, or does it just mean the government cant prevent you from speaking?  Join us on this weeks episode of Common Sense Soapbox with Seamus Coughlin!


Common Sense Soapbox #6: The Wonderful Life of Private Charity

Foundation for Economic Education

Published on Dec 14, 2017

What’s the best way to help people? No, it’s not through government aid or tax-funded social programs, but private charity. Want to know more about the policies best able to help the poor rise up out of poverty? Download FEE’s Essential Guide to Poverty and Inequality: ________________ Sources: "71% of all contributions to charity are from private individuals. That number rises to 80% if you include all of the money the deceased have left to charities in their will!" This last year charitable donations in the US exceeded 390 billion dollars, which is an all time high. Roughly 70% of all money budgeted for government assistance gets spent upholding and maintaining the bureaucracies charged with the task of helping the poor. When you pay your taxes for the war on poverty, it’s more likely your money will end up in the pocket of a middle class public sector worker than with a poor person in need. Private charities only spend 30% on infrastructure and employees, and the other 70% on the poor. ________________ Written by Seamus Coughlin & Sean Malone Animated by Seamus Coughlin

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One Venezuelan Student’s Heartbreaking Experience with Socialism

Published on Dec 27, 2017

In just one generation, Venezuela has gone from being the 20th richest country in the world to 2nd to last, just above to North Korea. Today, people are starving and Nicolas Maduro's military and police forces are set against the civilians protesting in the streets. How could this happen? In a word: Socialism. Watch this powerful animated film featuring the unscripted words of Jorge Jraissati, a student leader who is risking his life fighting for freedom in Venezuela right now. If you want to learn more about how we can combat poverty and inequality here in the US, download this free ebook: FEE's Essential Guide to Poverty and Inequality:


Kevin Harrington on How Innovation Is Accelerating and Reshaping the World

Foundation for Economic Education

Published on Aug 25, 2017

Original Shark on ABC's "Shark Tank", Kevin Harrington,  explains the incredible acceleration of innovation that's taking place right now around the world. Blink and you'll miss it!

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Words & Numbers: The Illusion of School Choice

Foundation for Economic Education

Published on Aug 16, 2017

In private schools, as in private enterprise in general, poor performance drives funding away by driving paying customers away. Yet in public schools, poor performance is used as an excuse for increased funding. With incentives like these, is it any wonder that public schools are failing our children so badly? Isn’t it time to inject some competition into the system? Education for all is a worthy wish. So is food for all. But we don’t force poor people to eat state-produced food. Even food stamp recipients get to choose where to shop. Why shouldn’t beneficiaries of public education spending get to choose where to send their kids? Our hosts James R. Harrigan and Antony Davies want to know...



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