Buy, Borrow, Steal

Hidden Brain | 22 June 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sufi Amir about ideas from his book House of Debt. Examines the role of debt as a hidden driver of recessions, and how we might create a more stable system. Argues against stimulus packages and low-interest rates intended to encourage borrowing to spend.

A Tsunami of Misery

Cautionary Tales | 19 June 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tim Harford uses the example of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to highlight the pitfalls of ignoring longer-term ills when taking action against urgent dangers.

Are Humans Fundamentally Good? (with Rutger Bregman)

The Ezra Klein Show | 1 June 2020 | 1h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rutger Bregman about his book Humankind: A Hopeful History. Argues that human nature is kinder, friendlier, and more decent than generally thought and that a new world could be built atop that understanding. Discusses the deeply social, egalitarian lives of hunter-gatherers; whether the advent of human civilization was a huge mistake; whether humans have a common nature; the implications of the Holocaust; whether we can build a society without CEOs, politicians, and bureaucrats; and more.

Can We Pull Back From The Brink?

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 13 June 2020 | 1h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Sam Harris discusses the recent social protests and civil unrest in light of the evidence about racism and police violence in America.

Friedrich Von Hayek – The Road to Serfdom

Philosophize This! | 12 February 2020 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the economic philosophies of Friedrich Hayek set out in The Road to Serfdom. Backgrounds the historical context of centrally planned governments fighting WWII. Hayek argued that the economy emerges from billions of transactions that can’t be planned, predicted, or ever fully known. Since Government can’t understand enough, it shouldn’t seek to control the economy. but should maximise freedom so that the economy can self-order to embody free choices.

Police Unions and Civilian Deaths

The Indicator from Planet Money | 3 June 2020 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist Rob Gillezeau about the evidence for a relationship between police unionisation and the number of people killed by officers.

Robert Zubrin on Merchants of Despair

Power Hour with Alex Epstein | 4 December 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Zubrin about his book Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism. Zubrin describes the history of what he calls “antihumanism” – the belief that “human beings are pathogens whose activities need to be suppressed in order to protect a fixed ecological order with interests that stand above those of humanity.” Traces how Malthusianism led to sterilization campaigns, racism, and the environmental movement’s opposition to life-saving energy, pesticides, and genetically-modified organisms.