23 Short Videos from Common Sense Soapbox by Seamus Coughlin


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Sarah Builds a Robot and Destroys Pompous Colleges.

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Students are quickly figuring out that the costs of getting a formal education don't line up with the value of that education.

Thanks to Markets, Life is Pretty Good.

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Bob thinks the world is getting worse, but Seamus, Sarah, and the Debunkers remind us that there's a lot to be thankful for on this episode of Common Sense Soapbox.

Is Having Kids Socially Irresponsible?

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Current projections suggest that the world's population will hit 8 billion by 2024. What will this mean for our natural resources?

The Living Wage Makes It Harder to Make a Living.


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Published on Oct 11, 2018

We take big risks with people's livelihoods when we make demand about what people should be paid. The reality is, people don't necessarily need a "living wage" to make a living.

The Real Reason Your Rent Is So High.


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Published on Sep 13, 2018

The cost of housing, like everything, is about supply and demand. We've got the demand, but what happens with the supply?

Voluntary Trade is Win-Win!

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Published on Aug 23, 2018

When people trade voluntarily with each other, everybody gets what they want. Here's why... To learn more check out the following links: https://fee.org/articles/the-magic-of... https://fee.org/articles/no-free-trad... https://fee.org/resources/economics-i...

Seamus Explains Specialization to Guy on the Couch

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Published on Aug 2, 2018

We’ve got smart phones and Netflix. All thanks to... specialization and division of labor!

The Shady Reality of California's Solar Policy

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Published on Jul 12, 2018

A new policy passed down from the California State Energy Commission says every new home must be built with solar panels. California already has twice the cost of living compared with other states, and this new policy is going to make housing even more expensive. At these prices there better be gold in those hills!

The Hidden Cost of a Netflix Binge

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Published on Jun 28, 2018

Should you watch Netflix every day after school? To know the answer, you’ve got to understand a little thing called “opportunity cost."

Why Should My Boss Get All the Profits?

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Published on May 31, 2018

When a business makes a profit, who deserves the excess? Is it fair that the owner gets all the profits? Should the profits be shared equally among workers and owners alike?

Toys Were Us - Now Let's Build Something Better!

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Published on May 10, 2018

Don’t get nostalgia goggles stuck on your face. The closing of retail stores will be a net win!

The Chicken and The Trade War

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Published on Apr 26, 2018

The Great Chicken War of the 1960s had far-reaching and unexpected consequences. It's the reason why Americans pay more for light-weight trucks. For more information on how the Chicken Tax impacts us to this day, check out FEE's article, "The Chicken Tax Makes Trucks Expensive and Unavailable." https://fee.org/articles/chicken-tax-...

What If Health Clinics Were More Like Retail Stores?

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Published on Apr 12, 2018

There are many reasons why American health care is super expensive. One of the biggest ones is that patients don't have any real way of knowing what any given service or procedure costs. And because the patients don't know any better, providers have no compelling reason to even attempt to keep prices low. But what if they did? Here's how that might look.

Who Is the Minimum Wage Really Protecting?

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Published on Mar 22, 2018

If you raise the minimum wage, you'll decrease employment. Plain and simple. Here's why.


Why Nothing Is “Overpriced”

Can Big Business Save the Trees (and the Bees)?

Crushed By College Debt? Here's Why!

The Wonderful Life of Private Charity

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Does Life Owe You Lemonade?

Can You Handle Diversity in Ideas?

Health Care is a Mess... But Why?

Don't Be PC. Be Polite!

Fake News is Old News

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