Nonsequitur: Debating Anti-Poverty Programs

May 18, 2015

A week ago, President Obama joined “the debate” over how to combat poverty in this country. I put “the debate” in parentheses, because it really wasn’t a debate. It was a gathering of voices, to be sure, but neither the President nor his fellow-participants are economic experts by training or experience. They also mostly agreed with each other (including the moderator). So I thought I would present a true debate, albeit an older one, on the same subject from 1980. (Yes, we’ve been arguing about the same thing for some time now.)

 

This was part of Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” program*:

*If you want to skip Friedman’s film, the debate starts at about 27:17.

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