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WichitaLiberty.TV November 17, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Mary Theroux stopped by the WichitaLiberty.TV studio to talk about a new book about her father. The book's title is "Willard Garvey: An Epic Life," referring to the well-known Wichita businessman. He was an influential figure in Wichita, and his business interests spanned the globe.

WichitaLiberty.TV November 3, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Host Bob Weeks notices a recent Kansas City Star editorial made the case for higher school spending in Kansas, but is based on a premise that doesn’t exist in fact. Bob wonders if the City of Wichita is concerned with measuring and managing its economic development efforts. Amanda BillyRock illustrates another chapter of “Economics in One Lesson” titled “Fetish of Full Employment.”

WichitaLiberty.TV October 27, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute, visits the WichitaLiberty.TV studios and explains the ideas behind libertarianism and its approach to government and society. Episode 18, broadcast October 27, 2013.

WichitaLiberty.TV October 20, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Host Bob Weeks introduces the new book “Why Liberty,” published by Atlas Network and Students for Liberty. Next: We hear a lot about how school spending in Kansas has been slashed, that thousands of teachers and other school employees have been laid off, and that class sizes are soaring. Bob takes a look at actual statistics. Then, Amanda BillyRock illustrates another chapter from “Economics In One Lesson” titled “Disbanding Troops & Bureaucrats.” Bob ties this to regulation, the government shutdown, and notes that government has created “Robosquirrel” and learned that when a rattlesnake envenomates a squirrel, it may still try to escape

WichitaLiberty.TV October 13, 2013

On this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: First, host Bob Weeks looks back at some issues covered in earlier episodes of WichitaLiberty.TV to see if there’s been progress. Then, Bob uses a little bit of elementary statistics to uncover unfortunate facts about Kansas public schools. Finally, Amanda BillyRock illustrates another chapter of “Economics in One Lesson” about Spread-The-Work Schemes, and Bob illustrates with local applications.

WichitaLiberty.TV October 6, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: The City of Wichita is owns a parking garage with retail space in a highly desirable downtown location. How is the city faring as landlord? Host Bob Weeks takes viewers on a video tour. Amanda BillyRock illustrates another chapter of “Economics in One Lesson” titled “The Curse of Machinery.” Then, Bob has gathered data about the growth of the Wichita economy compared to the nation and our Visioneering peers, and presents an interactive visualization.

WichitaLiberty.TV September 22, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks looks back at chapter 5 of "Economics in One Lesson," about how taxes discourage production. Bob takes a look a recent Wichita economic development episode and wonders if the city is performing due diligence for its citizens. Then on to chapter 6 of "Economics in One Lesson" titled "Credit Diverts Production." Amanda BillyRock illustrates, and Bob applies the lesson to Wichita.

WichitaLiberty.TV September 15, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks reviews chapter 4 of "Economics in One Lesson," about how public works mean taxes, and efforts to create jobs through spending on public works do more ham than good, if the public asset is not truly needed. The tax used to build the Instrust Bank Arena in Wichita is analyzed in this light. Then on to chapter 5, "Taxes Discourage Production." Amanda BillyRock illustrates, and Bob explains that notwithstanding inventions like the powdered orange drink Tang, innovation and progress comes primarily from the private sector, not from government programs.

WichitaLiberty.TV September 8, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks wonders if Wichitans will be asked to support increased sales taxes, especially for supporting bus transit. But do we really want more buses and fewer personal automobiles? Amanda BillyRock illustrates "Economics in One Lesson" Chapter 4, which is titled "Public Works mean Taxes." Then, Bob's video illustrates the Wichita City Council making a decision for uneconomic reasons, and Bob suspects cronyism is the real motive.

WichitaLiberty.TV September 1, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks presents an analysis of the delinquent real estate tax list and wonders why our institutions don't provide this simple enhancement. Then, a review of the first two chapters of "Economics in One Lesson" with application to situations in Wichita. Finally, Amanda BillyRock illustrates Chapter 3: Blessings Of Destruction, and examples in Wichita are noted.

WichitaLiberty.TV August 25, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks leads viewers through the first two chapters of Henry Hazlitt's book "Economics in One Lesson," using cartoons created by Amanda BillyRock. It's about looking at not only the immediate effects but at the longer effects of any act or policy; and tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups. Amanda uses the parable of the broken window to illustrate. Then, Bob wonders about an evaluation committee formed by the City of Wichita to vet downtown development partners: Did the committee overlook important information, and why didn't the city council object as its members had previously?

WichitaLiberty.TV August 18, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks shows his "Prezi" that illustrates the disregard for the law shown by Wichita's mayor. Then, Bob walks viewers through a visualization that illustrates the unintended consequences of government intervention at the Wichita Airport. Finally, Bob introduces Henry Hazlitt's book "Economics in One Lesson," which will be the topic of future episodes of WichitaLiberty.TV

WichitaLiberty.TV August 11, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks asks if shoppers have ever paid extra sales tax in Wichita's Community Improvement Districts, and describes efforts by the city to avoid disclosure of this tax. Then, are there similarities between Wichita and Detroit? Finally, a Sedgwick County Commissioner is worried about agriculture being driven out of the county, but Bob thinks he doesn't need to worry. Episode 8, broadcast August 11, 2013.

WichitaLiberty.TV August 4, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks explains a complicated economic development mechanism used in Wichita that hides the true business welfare and cronyism taking place. Then Bob notices that the City of Wichita has banished disagreement, and then shows how the unintended consequences of regulation can be deadly.

WichitaLiberty.TV July 28, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, economist Dr. Russell Sobel joins host Bob Weeks. Topics include local economic development incentives, the environment of favor-seeking, how regulation stifles entrepreneurship, the seen and the unseen, the broken window fallacy, and Dr. Sobel's research on how intergovernmental grants lead to higher taxes.

WichitaLiberty.TV July 21, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks recommends the Crony Chronicals website and explains the harm of cronyism. Westar, our electric utility, is asking for a rate increase, and cronyism is part of the application. Finally, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer feels he can't shop for his personal car in Wichita, but dishes out no-bid contracts and millions in subsidies to his cronies. Episode 5, broadcast July 21, 2013.

WichitaLiberty.TV July 14, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks explains the attitude of the Wichita City Council regarding ethical behavior and reports on incidents that illustrate the need for campaign finance reform and pay-to-play laws in Wichita and Kansas. Also, Bob notices a document produced this year titled "Wichita Area Future Water Supply: A Model Program for Other Municipalities" and wonders why the city boasts of expensive water projects and long-term planning at the same time it's forcing an austerity campaign on its citizens. Episode 4, aired July 14, 2013.

WichitaLiberty.TV July 7, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty TV, host Bob Weeks explains the importance of local government, and provides some ways that citizens can get involved.

WichitaLiberty.TV, June 30, 2013

On this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks discusses trust in government, public choice, logrolling, Kansas school standards, whether we should trust what we're told about Southwest Airlines and its economic benefit, and whether we should trust the City of Wichita to adhere to its economic development policies.

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