The Fight of the Century

by Russ Roberts on April 28, 2011

in Film, Music, Stimulus

My second rap video with John Papola is now live. Please spread it wide and far.

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Julien Couvreur April 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Excellent job, great lyrics and production How much did it cost to make? Can’t wait for the next one (different economists? different format?).
Only concern is whether audience may find too strong of support for Hayek.

TFace April 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

Probably because it’s logical

E. Calvin Beisner April 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Oh, horrors! People might begin to embrace reason and abandon folly!

Jay April 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Will we get this in other languages too?
by the way,
youtube link of Fear the Boom and Bust with Japanese lyrics is broken.
here is the correct link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EkcQJkudoY

Daniel May 2, 2011 at 4:06 am
Scott G April 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I’ve watched it over 10 times now and it’s still awesome. Starting to sing parts of it out loud around the house. I’m amazed at how much is there and how deep it is. I actually shake when I watch it; there’s so much emotion in it for me. Even though I’m a Hayekian, my favorite verse is by Keynes:

You too only see what you want to see
The spending on war clearly boost GDP
Unemployment was over, almost down to zero
That’s why I’m the master
That’s why I’m the hero

It has a Darth Vader-like feel to it – in fact maybe that’s what I like most about the video. It’s like a real-life Star Wars – psychologically powerful!

John and Russ, you have no idea how good this video makes me feel! I feel a weight has been lifted from me. Thank you.

Scott May 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I agree completely. Only twice for me (so far), but I sent e-mails to everyone I know to spread the word.

Coty April 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Loved the video! Need to get back to listening to econtalk.

Can anyone read what the other guy in keynes corner name is? All I can read is ‘icks

Seth April 30, 2011 at 12:34 am

It strikes me that the guy who plays Hayek could also pass for Friedman.

Donna Franer April 30, 2011 at 2:30 am

Great video!

Jim E April 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

Superb!! Loved not just the message but the delightful anachronistic style!

I”ve watched it three times and still cannot make out the names of the aides to Keynes in the boxing ring.

indianajim April 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

One is Maltus.

indianajim April 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Malthus no edit here

Anshuman April 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Excellent video! What fantastic production values. Also, great lyrics. Perfectly done. wow.

Coty April 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

its on the credits. its John R. Hicks

Vince May 1, 2011 at 12:52 am

Hey now! Fantastic video.

danny May 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

Where is the courtroom scene filmed? Anybody know? Just curious…

Koppenaal May 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The reference to pieces on a chessboard is also great. Adapted from Smith I suppose?

kazoolist May 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

Another tremendous job, Roberts & Papola!

Also, Mike Munger’s cameo roles in both of these rap videos may be my favorite part of each. If there is a third video, I hope the Munger appearances continue!

hushashi May 12, 2011 at 1:21 am

“We have a 1066″ …

So, I guess someone thinks we have a “Battle of Hastings” in the offing… a sobering thought…

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