PBS: Free To Choose - S1

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PBS: Free To Choose - S1

Post by Tex2002ans » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:09 am

Free To Choose

Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by economists Milton and Rose D. Friedman provides examples of how the free market works, and shows how it can solve problems where other approaches have failed. Published in January 1980, the 297 page book contains 10 chapters dealing with issues such as:

* The misuse of Federal Reserve powers during the Great Depression,
* The decline of personal freedoms, and
* Government spending and economic controls.

Friedman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1976. Contrary to normal practice the book was written after the TV series was produced, although the line "Basis for the acclaimed public television triumph" is written on the front cover, using the program transcripts as reference. The book was on the United States best sellers list for 5 weeks.

PBS telecast the series, beginning in January 1980; the general format was that of Mr. Friedman visiting and narrating a number of success and failure stories in history, which Mr. Friedman attributes to capitalism or the lack thereof (e.g. Hong Kong is commended for its free markets, while India is excoriated for relying on centralized planning especially for its protection of its traditional textile industry). Following the primary show, Mr. Friedman would engage in discussion with a number of selected persons, such as Donald Rumsfeld (then of G.D. Searle & Company).

The series was rebroadcast in 1990 with Linda Chavez moderating the episodes. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan, Steve Allen and others give personal introductions for each episode in the series. This time, after the documentary part, Friedman sits down with a single opponent to debate the issues raised in the episode.

Season 1
Free.To.Choose.S01E01.Power.Of.The.Market.avi  [434.63 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E02.The.Tyranny.Of.Control.avi  [435.36 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E03.Anatomy.Of.A.Crisis.avi  [435.34 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E04.From.Cradle.To.Grave.avi  [434.62 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E05.Created.Equal.avi  [435.37 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E06.Whats.Wrong.With.Our.Schools.avi  [434.63 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E07.Who.Protects.The.Consumer.avi  [434.62 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E08.Who.Protects.The.Worker.avi  [434.62 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E09.How.To.Cure.Inflation.avi  [435.40 Mb]
Free.To.Choose.S01E10.How.To.Stay.Free.avi  [434.60 Mb]


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Post by macaronime » Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:34 pm

Good one. I've always wondered if the series can still be found.

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