John Papola and I are working on the next rap video. The first one, Fear the Boom and Bust, now has over 2,000,000 views–1.7 million from the main version on YouTube and over 300,000 views in subtitled versions: 85,000 in Spanish, 14,000 in Italian, 28,000 in Czech, 50,000 in Polish, 35,000 in Chinese, 29,000 in Japanese, 100,000 in French, 41,000 in Portuguese plus thousands more in Greek and Slovenian.
We are working on the next one. It will again star Keynes and Hayek. This time they will be arguing about whether government spending financed by debt can create jobs and stimulate an economy in recession. They argue about the underlying economics of stimulus, about whether war can create prosperity and along the way, they each make the case for their principles. Fear the Boom and Bust was about how we got into this mess. This one will be about whether government can get us out–the economics, the politics, and the philosophy of recovery.
We want the next video to be as good or better than the first. John and I have written 20 verses and we’re in the process of honing the words and the music. We hope the visuals will be as entertaining and striking and fun as the first one. We’d like to film it next month and get it edited and up on the web close to the second anniversary of Federal stimulus spending.
To make this happen we need your help. We have received some very generous contributions but there is a long way to go.
Donations are tax deductible. Go to this page to make a secure donation. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more info.
UPDATE: Brian in the comments asks about our fundraising goal. We have about $100,000 to go. If every subscriber to Cafe Hayek gave $10, we’d be all set with some extra money to fund the next video. Given that many subscribers will give zero, I hope some of you out there can make up the difference or encourage someone else to help.