David Willetts on How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future

The CapX Podcast | 11 December 2019 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Willetts about his book The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – And Why They Should Give It Back. Describes how the unconscious demographic power of baby boomers has benefited them at the expense of their children. Questions how long their children will be prepared to put up with higher taxes, working longer hours for less money, and lowered social mobility.

Danyl McLauchlan: Is Ardern an Elene Ferrante character?

Saturday Morning | 5 November 2021 | 0h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Danyl McLauchlan about his essay In A Captured State. Uses Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels to contextualise New Zealand (and also US and UK) politics. Argues that a professional managerial class has emerged that is symbolically liberal but operationally conservative.

Stanley McChrystal on the Military, Leadership, and Risk

Conversations with Tyler | 20 October 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Stanley McChrystal drawing on his book Risk: A User’s Guide. Discusses risk, the dangerous urge among policymakers to oversimplify the past, why being a good military commander is about more than winning battlefield victories, how to maintain a long view of history, what set Henry Kissinger apart, the usefulness of war games, why there haven’t been any major attacks on US soil since 9/11, the danger of a “soldier class” in America, why he supports a draft, the most emotionally difficult part and greatest joys of his military career, the prospect of drone assassinations, what he eats for his only meal of the day, and more.

Michael Shellenberger: The Root Cause of America’s Homelessness Epidemic

American Thought Leaders | 29 October 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Shellenberger about his book San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities. Breaks down the root causes behind the sprawling homeless encampments found in cities like San Francisco. Argues that these problems have been exacerbated by progressive policies tolerating homelessness, drug dealing, and crime.

James Breiding on Small-Nation Success

American Purpose’s Bookstack | 26 February 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with James Breiding about his book Too Small To Fail: Why Some Small Nations Outperform Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the World. Discusses lessons from eight small economies about the factors that have allowed them to successfully tackle problems that trip up larger countries.

Jeevan Vasagar, “Lion City: Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia”

New Books Network | 30 September 2021 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Jeevan Vasagar about his book Lion City: Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia. Discusses Singapore: its history, its leadership, and its policy choices to navigate a complicated global environment.

Edward Watts – The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea

The Dissenter | 13 September 2021 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Edward Watts about his book The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Backgrounds the factors that played a role in the fall of Rome and discusses the long history of people theorising about the decline and fall of Rome and projecting that onto current issues.