In this section of the website we start with a “warm-up” of very short videos that cover very basic topics and concepts. These will cover a range of topics from overviews of the founding of our country and type of government to very simple economic logic to basic introduction to free market principles. This warm-up tab is here to help you if some of this is new to you and get you ready for the further tabs of the site.
Overview of America
Left vs. Right, Liberal vs. Conservative, Democrat vs. Republican.Are any of these “names” helpful in describing someone’s political view?
Actually, they’re totally incorrect. Today, the mainstream media has distorted and mischaracterized these words compared to how America and our forefathers viewed them. Overview of America helps to explain the proper political spectrum and gives you a broad vision of why we enjoy so much personal freedom and prosperity in America.
THE CONCEPT OF LIBERTY
Liberty is a word that has been used in our society for centuries, yet many people fail to understand that liberty isn’t a law or fad, it’s a philosophy on how people interact with one another and how their government interacts with them. The following 8 minute video gives a very brief overview into this philosophy.
WHAT IS PROPERTY?
Who Owns You? Does anyone other than you have the right to tell you what you can do to your body, or with your property? This video explores the fundamental concepts of Frederic Bastiat and John Locke on the issue of individual liberty and ownership of person and property.
In this follow up video to “The Philosophy of Liberty: Property”, we explore Frederic Bastiat’s concept of Legal Plunder. Is it ever OK for government to steal your stuff and give it to someone else? Or is government just a glorified organized crime syndicate ala Tony Soprano? Does it really make sense for citizens to plunder each other like competing bands of Vikings?
THE BROKEN WINDOW FALLACY
We hear all the time about how the government needs to “stimulate” the economy. But, where does the government get this money in the first place? The broken window fallacy answers this question in a short little parable. This short video explains one of the most persistent economic fallacies of our day.
THE TRUTH ABOUT CENTRAL BANKING AND BUSINESS CYCLES
You’ll learn more about central banking in this quick 6 minute video than if you attended an hour long lecture on the topic. Be sure to watch, learn AND SHARE!!!
MAKE MINE FREEDOM!
This is an excellent cartoon from 1948 that outlines the problems of falling for any of the “isms” that are pushed. The “isms” are things like socialism, fascism, communism, etc. This is an excellent little video for people of all ages to watch!
IT’S EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS
This cartoon demonstrates capitalism and while it is from 1954 the concepts are still the same.
WHY CAN’T CHUCK GET HIS BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND?
This video shows how bureaucratic red tape stifles the entrepreneurial ventures of Americans.
US DEBT CRISIS – GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
The following video gives a quick 5 minute overview of what a pickle our country is in financially. This subject is covered in the Money section here on Wake Up And Smell The Freedom and in even DEEPER depth in the Dark Roast. But, for now, watch and try to learn from this short explanation.
I, PENCIL: THE MOVIE
A Pencil, such an ordinary thing. But, have you ever considered what all is involved in the making of a pencil? The pencil is a marvelous story of innovation and cooperation, of energies that are released by the free market when people are allowed to voluntarily exchange with one another. This short video shows how millions of people, under no state of coercion or central planning, work together to create the wonder that is; a pencil. Based on the classic 1958 essay by Leornard Read.
HOW CRONYISM IS HURTING THE ECONOMY
It is clear big businesses wield great control over the federal government. How do we stop this so-called crony capitalism, or collusion? Professor Jason Brennan argues that while it may seem paradoxical the best solution is to limit government power. He provides two reasons for this. First, the power to “regulate the economy” is really the same thing as the power to distribute favors, which corporations will inevitably seek. Second, regulations actually benefit big businesses at the expensive of small businesses. Less government power means corporations have less power to compete for, fewer privileges to seek, fewer subsidies to enjoy, and no agencies to capture.
HOW GOVERNMENT LIES ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT
Have you ever wondered how unemployment is kept at such a low number? Is it because the government is doing such a fantastic job? Is it because the economy is booming? Actually, the labor statistics are manipulated to appear favorable for the government as explained in this humorous and short cartoon.