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Season 3 of the Free Markets Series, featuring John Stossel and others – Now available online

Montreal, February 2, 2017 – After having been broadcast in the United States and Canada on PBS affiliates, the third season of the Free Markets Series is now available online for the entire Internet community. As of today, four new 30-minute episodes can be found on the dedicated series web library, and on social media networks as well.

The Free Markets Series introduces viewers to some of the most dynamic and influential thinkers and activists exploring and analyzing the principles of the free market. Season 3 features:

  • Ruth Richardson, former New Zealand Minister of Finance and radical economic reformer;
  • John Stossel, long-time consumer reporter, author, television personality, and market enthusiast;
  • Brad Lips, CEO of the Atlas Network, a non-profit organization connecting free-market think tanks around the world; and
  • Lawrence White, economics professor at George Mason University primarily known for his research on free banking.

These unique interviews are conducted by none other than Bob Scully, distinguished media personality and host of The World Show.

One of the most engaging interviews is the one featuring John Stossel, who spent his early career debunking faulty products and shifty services. But over time, he began to notice that government regulations and programs often do not function as advertised either. When markets are free, however, cheaters tend to get caught, and goods and services tend to get better and less expensive. “We should all thank capitalism when we go to the supermarket: 30,000 products, the aisles are wide, it’s well-lit, it’s open 24/7 unlike anything the government does.” Yet, as Stossel points out, we take such modern marvels for granted.

Fiscal responsibility, the right to work, deregulation, free enterprise as poverty alleviation, and sound money are some of the broad principles eloquently defended by the featured guests of these new interviews.

The Free Markets Series is produced by The World Show in partnership with the MEI. The World Show is a syndicated television program broadcast across North America, on 301 stations affiliated with American PBS, including in nine of the top ten Nielsen DMA markets.

“The MEI and The World Show are proud to be able to offer television and Internet viewers the chance to discover or deepen their appreciation of some of the principles of the free market as expressed by these respected thinkers discussing their life’s work,” says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI.

Season 3 of the series is available on our website. The episodes can be viewed, commented on, and shared through social media networks.

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The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

This project was made possible in part through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed by the interviewees in each of the episodes do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Interview requests: Pascale Déry, Senior Advisor, Communications, Current Affairs, MEI Tel.: 514-273-0969 ext. 2233 / Cell.: 514-502-6757 / Email: pdery@iedm.org

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