• 00:01    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:20    |    
    Introduction by Luis Figueroa
  • John Stossel's life and achievements
  • 01:31    |    
    Opening words by John Stossel
    • Many things have turned out to be wrong
    • Don't minorities have rights?
      • Protection of the public good
      • Totalitarian power
    • Economics
    • Economic planning
  • 04:27    |    
    Why is a country prosperous?
    • Video clip: n Is America # One?
    • Economic freedom
  • 09:57    |    
    Why don't people understand the importance of freedom?
    • Taking for granted the successes of capitalism
    • Government systems build mediocrity
    • State failures
    • Growth of government in United States
      • America's possible failure
      • Government subsidising rich people
  • 15:16    |    
    Negative impact of the media
    • Forgetfulness about history
    • Global warming
    • Sugar substitutes
    • Y2K
    • Chemicals
    • Cancer epidemic
    • Global warming in four parts
      • The globe is warming
      • It's our fault
      • Scientists' influence
      • It will be a catastrophe
      • Will preventive measures make any difference?
      • What should we do?
      • People like to be alarmed
    • Media and the fear of innovation
      • Example: Introducing a new toxic fuel
        • It shouldn't be allowed
        • Is there a limit as to how many people would die before you allow it?
        • What kind of stove do you have?
        • Natural gas: The new toxic fuel
      • Example: Introducing a dangerous new toy
        • Plastic toys
        • Swimming pools
        • Cars
  • 28:51    |    
    Why are we fearful?
  • Precautionary principle: Don't ever do anything for the first time
  • 29:30    |    
    Wealth is the most important extender of life
    • Poverty shrinks life expectancy
    • Celebrating UFM's economic freedom
  • 31:25    |    
    Question and answer period
    • Are you planning to interview Al Gore?
    • How can free market principles be applied to the adoption controversy?
    • Is there a media bias against Ron Paul in the United States?
    • Should antitrust and business predatory behavior laws be included in an ideal government?
    • How do you view politics in general in the United States? Do you think the country can return to the principles of freedom, civil liberties, and freen markets?
    • If there were no subsidies, would you believe in free immigration?
    • How did you become a libertarian?
    • What would be your advice for teaching young kids?
    • Is Latin America considered a natural disaster for United States?
    • How can democracy be established in sub-Saharan countries?
    • Why is the American media so focused on controversial issues like global warming, social responsibility, social justice?
    • Why do you think Guatemala is ranked higher economically than Bolivia and Venezuela but lower than El Salvador?
    • What course should Guatemala follow in order to reach economic freedom like Singapore or Hong Kong?
    • What is your view on United States intervention in other countries?
    • What do you think about the movement against fast food with the movies n Super Size Me and n Fast Food Nation?
    • How do we incorporate positive elements of the free market system while shunning the negative?
    • What do you think about ethanol production?
    • Do you think public education in Hong Kong has supported freedom?
    • How would you define your liberal ideology?
    • How can liberalism and the free market be made "sexy" and easier to sell?
  • 01:10:35    |    
    Recognition to John Stossel by Giancarlo Ibárgüen
  • 01:11:8.5    |    
    Final words by Luis Figueroa
  • 01:11:17    |    
    Final credits

The Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity

New Media  | 14 de enero de 2008  | Vistas: 2246

Emmy Award-winning television journalist and author John Stossel discusses the factors that drive prosperity and debunks popular myths related to global warming and the role of government. As a media icon himself, Stossel evaluates his own and his colleagues' influence and analyzes the often negative effects the media has on the population. In his comments, he emphasizes that the combination of freedom and democracy is the best way to achieve progress.





John Stossel is a consumer reporter, investigative journalist, and former coanchor…