Stossel Defending Capitalism, Designer Babies, The Best and Worst Ideas, Hilarious Remy Raps on Dems Debate and Bernie.
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Stossel Defending Capitalism, Designer Babies, The Best and Worst Ideas, Hilarious Remy Raps on Dems Debate and Bernie.
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- Stossel: In Defense of Capitalism.
- Stossel: Don't Be Scared of Designer Babies
- Stossel: 2020 Candidates’ Worst and Best Ideas.
- Remy: Democratic Debate (The Rap)
- Why Bernie Sanders' Communist Misadventures Still Matter
Stossel: In Defense of Capitalism.
Published on Jun 18, 2019
People acting in their own self-interest created modern prosperity, says Ayn Rand Institute's Yaron Brook.
Progressives claim capitalism is "immoral" because some people become rich while others stay poor. Yaron Brook, chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, says the opposite is true. "We have basically made about $2 a day for 100,000 years," Brook told John Stossel. "In other words…we could eat what we farmed and that was it." "And then something amazing happened." About 250 years ago, a few countries tried capitalism. For the first time, people were allowed to profit from private property. "Two-hundred and fifty years ago we suddenly discovered the value of individual freedom," says Brook. "We suddenly discovered the value of leaving individuals free to think, to innovate, to produce without asking for permission, without getting the state to sign off." As a result, humans "doubled our life expectancy," says Brook. "We have dramatically increased the quality of our life and we are wealthier than anybody could have imagined." Brook, who's an objectivist, says that "doing for others is fine—but only if that's what you want." "The key is that somebody else's need is not a moral claim against your life," he adds. "Your life is yours." Subscribe to our YouTube channel. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes. The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.
Stossel: Don't Be Scared of Designer Babies.
Published on Jun 11, 2019
Gene-editing technology will eventually allow parents to alter their future offspring's intelligence, height, eye color, and more. And that's worth celebrating.
Have you heard of "designer babies?" Parents who use in vitro fertilization can already select an embryo by gender and screen for diseases. Gene-editing technology will eventually allow them to alter their future offspring's intelligence, height, eye color, and more. This scares some people. Eighty-three percent of Americans say editing human genes to improve intelligence goes too far. "Of course they say that," says Georgetown University Professor Jason Brennan in an interview with John Stossel. "When you have any kind of intervention into the body that's new, people think it's icky. And they take that feeling of 'ickiness' and they moralize, and think it's a moral objection." Jenna Bush Hager, who's the daughter of former President George W. Bush, recently said that "there should be things that we leave up to God." "I'm not really sure I'm going to take her word for it," says Brennan. "If God appears before me and says 'don't do this,' I'll stop." "We already give our kids music lessons, braces, tutoring, karate lessons," Stossel says. "Any advantage we can—why not also give them the best genes?" In the future, he notes, humans could be much smarter—perhaps possessing the wisdom enough to avoid wars and travel to other planets. Sheldon Krimsky, a professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Tufts, argues that it'll "be a new way to create disparities in wealth." "Every bit of technology that we enjoy today follows the same pattern," says Brennan. "You look in your automobile, and you have a CD player or an MP3 player, and a GPS. All of these things, when they first became available, were incredibly expensive," he says. When asked if he was simply opposed to technological progress, Krimsky responded, "I love change…But I think there are some boundaries." Will there be social pressure for everyone to have "designer babies"? "It's not so clear why that's a problem," Brennan says. "If everyone is making their kids healthier and stronger and smarter, and less prone to disease, and you feel social pressure to go along with that, good. Shouldn't you do that as a parent for your child?" Subscribe to our YouTube channel. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes. The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.
Stossel: 2020 Candidates’ Worst and Best Ideas.
Published on Jun 25, 2019
Stossel reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2020 campaigns.
The 2020 campaign season is getting started. John Stossel says he's "repulsed by most politicians" because "not only are they mad for power, they push bad ideas." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) has proposed that the post office go into the banking business, so that poor people can access banking. Sanders says the "Postal Service could make billions of dollars a year by establishing basic banking services." Stossel wonders: "Really? The people who mishandle mail?" The post office loses billions every year. "Now they're going to manage our money?" he asks. Sanders doesn't stop there. He wants "a ban on for-profit charter schools" and a moratorium even on nonprofit charters. He wants that even though the vast majority of studies show charters increase learning. The bad ideas keep coming. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) wants to force everyone to buy fertility treatment insurance. Sen. Cory Booker (D–N.J.) wants government to guarantee everyone a job and to pay many people's rent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) would cancel student loan debt of up to $50,000. Former Vice President Joe Biden would make college free. Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) would force companies to prove they pay men and women equally for the same work. And she'd "hold social media platforms accountable" for "hate." "That sounds nice," Stossel points out, "but if politicians get to decide what is 'hate,' they will censor any idea they don't like." President Trump also has bad ideas. For example, Stossel says, he misunderstands the trade deficit. That's led him to start trade wars around the world. Fortunately, many of the candidates also have good ideas—from Trump's regulation cutting to Biden's support for free speech, to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (D–Hawaii) steadfast opposition to war. "All the candidates have bad ideas," Stossel says. "But some are a bigger danger to our liberty than others." The views expressed in this video are solely those of John Stossel; his independent production company, Stossel Productions; and the people he interviews. The claims and opinions set forth in the video and accompanying text are not necessarily those of Reason.
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Remy: Democratic Debate (The Rap)
Published on Jun 28, 2019
Remy joins the debate stage to out-Democrat the Democrats. Apparently they'll let anybody up there. Written and performed by Remy. Mastered by Ben Karlstrom. Video by Austin Bragg.
LYRICS: Free contraception! That's right, that's my mission Yeah I'm stopping more wangs than Harvard admissions They say they'd fund Planned Parenthood? Well that's not enough Not only would I fund it, son I'd start a loyalty club You think they would spend more than me? You'll change your mind in a hurry I'm dropping more Jacksons Than Conrad Murray I'm dominating this debate Spartacus is impaired How do I know all the answers? Let's just say I prepared… They say they got plans They'd do a lot for the nation But unlike some people on this stage I got reservations Para el climate change-o Despacito Cinco de Mayo Burrito There's people locked up in cages We gotta act fast Not at the border, mind you Amy Klobuchar's staff I'll comb through the laws See which ones are valid Beam me to the next debate Here, use this for your salad I don't know half of these people Y'all ain't go no chances Got more write-offs on this stage Than Bernie Sanders' taxes Joe straight up killed busing You know it was gory Axed it like NBC News On a Weinstein story It's the economy, stupid It's like no one is hearing me I'd be the best thing for business since Russia conspiracies Reminds me of an accident I encountered today Not that kind of accident, Beto Why you running away? I got a plan to beat ISIS Install a puppet leader who'd lead them into insolvency Hmm…who could we choose… And North Korea is evil I just honestly learned it By checking that foolproof resource Bernie's Travelocity searches Guns are bad Of that I'm the most cognizant I'd get rid of arms so fast You'd think you're at the Saudi consulate
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Why Bernie Sanders' Communist Misadventures Still Matter.
Published on Jun 3, 2019
Sanders no longer favors government takeover of "the major means of production." But his four-decade quest for political revolution continues.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) has spent his entire career explaining away the inevitable downsides of massively increasing the power of the state over the individual. Sanders once identified as a socialist who, with reservations, admired the economic achievements of Cuba under Fidel Castro, of Nicaragua under the Sandinistas, and of the Soviet Union right up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Running for office as a candidate for the Liberty Union Party in Vermont in the 1970s, Sanders sought a top tax rate of 100%, saying "nobody should earn more than $1 million." Sanders wanted to stop businesses from moving out of their original communities, arguing that the ultimate solution to protect workers was national legislation that would "bring about the public ownership of the major means of production." He favored the government seizure of "utilities, banks, and major industries," without compensation to investors or stockholders. Shortly after he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in 1981, Sanders told a room full of charity workers, "I don't believe in charities," because only the government should provide social services to the needy. He traveled to Nicaragua in 1985 to meet Sandinista leaders, who had installed a socialist government after overthrowing an American-backed dictator. Sanders attended the sixth-anniversary celebration of the Sandinistas' revolution and praised Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. In 1988, he visited the USSR, three years before it collapsed. After his trip, Sanders praised the Soviets' social and cultural programs, saying American leaders had much to learn from the communist system. In 1989, Sanders traveled to Cuba to seek a meeting with Fidel Castro—though he ended up settling for the mayor of Havana. Today, Sanders calls himself a "democratic socialist" and has become a millionaire. He favors single-payer health care, free public college for all, and a $15 minimum wage. And he has distanced himself from some of his former positions in support of the Sandinistas and Castro, pointing instead to Nordic countries as examples to follow. But one thing has remained constant as Sanders has shifted his focus from Nicaragua, Cuba, and the USSR to Denmark, Finland, and Sweden: In all of these countries, he's misled his followers about the political and economic realities on the ground. Produced and edited by Justin Monticello. Graphics by Joshua Swain. Audio production by Ian Keyser. Music by Silent Partner; Jingle Punks; Topher Mohr and Alex Elena; Jimmy Fontanez, Doug Maxwell & Media Right Productions; The 129ers; Sir Cubworth; MK2; and Riot. For full text, links, and credits, go to https://reason.com/video/why-bernie-s...
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