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Amity Shlaes on Coolidge’s life, ideas, and success in bringing about low taxes and small government

Amity Shlaes on Coolidge’s life, ideas, and success in bringing about low taxes and small government

August 23, 2013

Amity Shlaes sheds light on the life of Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States. The harsh conditions of Coolidge’s childhood shaped his political ideas and led to his deep understanding of life and helping people succeed, especially in business. Believing in small government and low taxes, he thought government needed to get out of the way so individuals and businesses could prosper. His supply-side economics were a resounding success, with an unemployment rate of 5 percent or even 3 percent, as the economy grew and the government shrank. (Playing time: 48:14)

Victor Davis Hanson on the type of men who become savior generals

Victor Davis Hanson on the type of men who become savior generals

August 6, 2013

Victor Davis Hanson discusses his book The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost—From Ancient Greece to Iraq. Hanson notes that savior generals are eccentrics, iconoclasts, and visionaries who see things others do not. (Playing time: 42:46)

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