Dr. Paul Cleveland

Navigating Controversial Issues


050 Scarcity

Have we overcome the problem of economic scarcity?
Aren’t the quantity and variety of goods available on American grocery store shelves proof of this?
What does economic scarcity really mean?

049 The Nature of Capital

What makes an item capital rather than merely a consumer good?
What is circulating capital?
How does government manipulation of interest rates send false signals to businesses?
What are the consequences of these false signals?

048 Inflation

Is inflation an expected rise in general prices?
Is that what it always meant?
Dr. Cleveland explains the myth about the meaning of inflation.

047 Banking

Did Dodd-Frank fensure that banks would take fewer risks?
Is it better for consumers when we have fewer, larger banks?
What led to the 2008 financial collapse?
What did Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do that provided the fuel for the collapse?

046 Federal Reserve

What do you need to know about the Federal Reserve?
What happens when the people begin to think the government can and should provide for them?

043 Render to Caesar

What was the context of Jesus statement, “Render unto Caesar” and why was it important to understanding what he was saying?
Was he telling us that all taxes that a government requires are legitimate under God’s Law?
Why was the inscription pointed out?

042 Different This Time

Can you list a single example of a time and place where socialism has worked?
Can socialism be enacted apart from force?
Does voting it into place mean there will not be force required?
Apart from people having a moral grounding that would cause them to choose the better option, would we expect a 51% vote protect the rights of everyone?

041 What Happened to Venezuela?

What is the history behind what has happened in Venezuela?
Real freedom for a culture involves three basic freedoms, like the legs of a three-legged stool. What are those three freedoms?

040 Market Process vs Government Directives

Will market prices or government directives do a better job of driving the market in productive directions?
Would large scale windmill farms and solar panel farms be built if they didn’t get subsidies from taxpayers?

038 The Dynamic Economy

Why is it important that the economy is always allowed to freely change?
What drives people to discover new ways of doing things?
Should the government try to direct this change?

037 Pursuit of Power

What do the Kavanaugh hearings tell us about consolidation of power in D.C.?
Where did the idea come from that the Constitution is a “living” document?
Are ever-changing rules really rules at all?

036 The Presumption of Production

Do you resent having to pay producers for the things you want?
How much would producers produce if they could not sell it for a profit?
Is there any politico-economic system that can do away with every human ill?
Historically, has socialism or free enterprise produced more prosperity?

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