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What do Trump and Trudeau share in common? Dictator Envy

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They really should know better, but both former President Trump and current Prime Minister Trudeau have expressed admiration for modern dictatorships.  In their own ways Trump and Trudeau have envied the leaders of China and Russia.  Trump likes how people sit up straight and pay attention when the leader speaks.  He fails to acknowledge that people very much feel forced under intimidation to do so.  This isn’t a sign of respect, but a sign of how fearful people are when they know not sitting up straight enough or clapping long and loud enough could mean the end of their career or something worse.

For his part Trudeau is now world famous for expressing his admiration for China’s Communist Dictatorship.  In a single sentence, way back in 2013, Canada’s Prime Minister revealed his incredibly childish and ignorant view of history and how the world works. While admiring how fast countries like China are capable of taking on huge tasks, he completely ignores the millions of livelihoods that can be crushed in accomplishing the task, and EVEN IF the task is successful in the end.

There is a difference between Trump and Trudeau.  One of the two continues to operate in a way that future authoritarians will be able to admire.

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Leaders talk about their “admiration” for dictatorships. It’s a “utopian dream,” says historian Johan Norberg. They think: “if … someone at the top could … point us in a certain direction, everything would go well.” That’s childish. “If government is big enough to give you anything” Norberg explains, “it’s big enough to take everything away from you.”

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John Stossel: Megyn Kelly On Media Bias

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Megyn Kelly is well known for working at Fox News & NBC. Now she’s her own boss, and feels free to call out bias wherever she sees it.

Today, big media has an agenda. It’s not just, “give the news.” Fox News and a few others spin right. Almost everyone else spins left. That’s why I’m glad we have independent journalists like Megyn Kelly. We worked together at Fox, and then she went to NBC. She felt pressure from her bosses to stick to a certain agenda. Not pleasing the network got her fired from NBC. Now she has her own podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show. “I’m totally uncancellable,” she tells me. “That was my only mission in coming back into our business. I didn’t want a corporate overlord.”

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Stossel explains why private property beats the “tragedy of the commons”

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This Thanksgiving, Say Thank You to “Private Property”

Did you know that the pilgrims almost starved after they arrived at Plymouth Rock? That’s because they were forced to farm “collectively.” The corporation that funded the expedition said, “grow food together. Divide the harvest equally.”

This is a terrible idea. It creates what economists call the “tragedy of the commons.” When you share property and the results of your work, people farm until the land is barren, don’t work as hard, or steal food from others.

Young people from Students For Liberty take part in an experiment to demonstrate this “tragedy of the commons.” It shows the solution is private property, which is what saved the pilgrims.

Governor William Bradford finally decided to “assign each family a parcel of land.” Once the pilgrims had property rights, they became much more productive and brought in huge harvests — which they were then able to share with the Indians.

So this Thanksgiving feast, don’t forget to say “thanks, private property!”

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Stossel’s economic programs have been adapted into teaching kits by a non-profit organization, “Stossel in the Classroom.” High school teachers in American public schools now use the videos to help educate their students on economics and economic freedom. They are seen by more than 12 million students every year.

Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Other honors include the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.

 

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