Season 1, Episode 1 The Battle of Ideas

First Aired: April 3, 2002

Part 1 (of three) defines the “Battle of Ideas” between government and market forces to control economies and chronicles the conflict during the 20th century. The primary intellectual battlers: economists John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Von Hayek. Keynes saw the economy as a “machine”; Hayek as a force of nature. The Keynsian view prevailed for much of the century. Then “stagflation” arrived in the 1970s, followed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. Based on a book by Daniel Yergin and Joe Stanislaw. David Ogden Stiers narrates.

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  • Premiered: April 3, 2002
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: A three-part economic history of the 20th century, chronicling the intellectual and political battle over the primacy of government vs. market forces. Based on a book by Daniel Yergin and Joe Stanislaw. (more)

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