The Heartland Lunch Series: Bob Chitester
Who Chooses, Who Benefits,
Who Pays, and What’s Fair?
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 11:30 am — 1 pm
The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive #2740
Excerpts from Bob's prepared remarks:
"I struggle to understand why people still flirt with the idea that a collective human society will solve our problems and lead to peace, harmony, and prosperity. History and a review of the economic well-being of nations around the world shows such an approach invariably leads to a Stalin, a Robert Mugabe, a Kim Jong Il, a Castro; living in comparative luxury, making decisions for everyone else, who live in poverty and misery. ...
"If you value freedom (personal, political, and economic) ... the four questions — Who Chooses, Who Benefits, Who Pays, and What’s Fair — provide a simple yet powerful test of the desirability of any particular social arrangement.
"Consider each arrangement and answer the question: Who is choosing? Spending your own money excludes the government — it has no money. What about corporations, do they have money or is it their stockholders’, their employees’, their vendors’? Spending someone else’s money on someone else — can this be done without using force?
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About Bob Chitester
Bob Chitester is founder and president of Free To Choose Network and its production and educational initiatives Free To Choose Media and izzit.org. With more than 40 years of experience creating programs and series for public television and as president of the Erie public television station WQLN, Bob Chitester continues to be creatively involved in the creation of programs and series for Free To Choose Media and izzit.org.
In partnership with his colleague Tom Skinner (senior executive producer at Free To Choose Media) Bob has served as executive producer for: “The Power of Choice: the Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman” (on PBS), “The Ultimate Resource” (American Public Television), “The Power of the Poor” (PBS), “Globalization at the Crossroads” (with Hernando de Soto), and “Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years,” a three-part documentary series for PBS.
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