Freedom on Trial is a courtroom drama that takes viewers into the heart of the everyday issues that arise when an employer’s desire to hire more employees runs into the barrier of minimum wage laws, and when the government’s plans to “solve” income inequality only makes things worse.
Freedom on Trial
Trevor Burrus shares how New Deal-era minimum wage laws were used in America to jail a small business owner, simply for paying workers a wage both parties agreed upon.
Is Inequality a Problem? (01:52)
David Boaz challenges the notion that inequality—especially inequality of wealth—is a problem that needs to be fixed by government.
Marian Tupy notes that thanks to the power of human ingenuity and the free market, most people today are much better off than even the richest kings were just a few centuries ago.
Is There a Gender Pay Gap? (01:41)
Vanessa Brown Calder says that income inequality isn’t as cut and dried as it appears, especially when it comes to the so-called “gender pay gap” between men and women’s earnings.
Anne Rathbone Bradley, James K. Galbraith, and Michael Munger discuss the economics behind minimum wage laws and the debate over income inequality.
Anne Rathbone Bradley, James K. Galbraith, and Michael Munger discuss the effect minimum wage laws have on upward mobility for those at the bottom of the economic ladder.
On Freedom, Where Wages Come from, and Other Big Questions (Freedom on Trial Commentary: Part 3) (06:16)
Anne Rathbone Bradley, James K. Galbraith, and Michael Munger talk about the power dynamics of the relationship between managers and employees.
Cory Hart as "William"
Liz Tabish as "Holly"
Kenny Gardner as "Sam"
Ricky Catter as "Philip"
Drew Breedlove as "Tommy"