David Friedman – The Machinery of Freedom

Ideas Having Sex | 4 March 2024 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Friedman about his book The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism. Delves into libertarian anarchism, explaining how many of the functions we assume we need from the government can be privately contracted.

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Yanis Varoufakis on Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism

New Books on Economics | 26 February 2024 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Yanis Varoufakis on his book Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism. Argues that the technofeudalism of big tech platforms and rents has replaced capitalism’s twin pillars of markets and profit. With every click and scroll we labour like serfs to increase its power.

While Varoufakis’s politics are not to my taste, I was intrigued by his argument that US dependence on the cheap finance it gets by being the reserve currency prevents its uptake of much cheaper financial transactions.

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The Evolution of Inequality Under Capitalism – Branko Milanović

On Humans | 16 December 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Branko Milanović about how capitalism is serving us. Discusses long-term trends in inequality, the economic performance of capitalism and whether it inevitably leads to greater inequality.

See the associated Substack post for the charts discussed in this episode.

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The Religious Roots of Economics feat. Benjamin M. Friedman

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 5 June 2023 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benjamin Friedman about his book Religion and the Rise of Capitalism. Discusses how the religious beliefs of the Enlightenment Age influenced the evolution of modern economic theory; how the Scottish Enlightenment, in particular, became a hub for social scientific thought; what the belief in Calvinism had to do with the rise of capitalism; and the correlation between economic growth and positive moral changes in society.

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William Magnuson – For Profit: A History of Corporations

The Michael Shermer Show | 4 February 2023 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William Magnuson about his book For Profit: A History of Corporations. Traces the history of corporations from Rome onwards, arguing that modern corporations should recapture the spirit of civic virtue so that all stakeholders, not just shareholders benefit from the profits of enterprise.

 

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Revisiting the “Father of Capitalism”

The Gray Area with Sean Illing | 26 January 2023 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Glory Liu about her book Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher became an Icon of American Capitalism. While Smith is most well-known for being the “father of capitalism,” Liu argues his legacy has been misappropriated – especially in America. Discusses his original intentions and what we can take away from his work today.

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Tibor Rutar on Capitalism for Realists

The Dissenter | 6 February 2023 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tibor Rutar about his book Capitalism for Realists: Virtues and Vices of the Modern Economy. Surveys and critically evaluates the virtues and vices of capitalism, covering what Marx got wrong about capitalism; different explanations for the origins of capitalism, from Weber, Henrich, and Mokyr; an alternative explanation for its development in 15th and 16th-century England; market exploitation; the minimum wage; the relationship between capitalism and poverty; economic inequality; the term “neoliberalism”; claims about the morality of markets; and climate change.

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Martin Wolf on The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism

The New Bazaar | 3 February 2023 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Martin Wolf about his book The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism. Argues that the combination of markets-based capitalism and liberal democracy is fragile and under threat from within. Sets out what should be done to confront this crisis of democratic capitalism, what a “New New Deal” can look like, the threat (and opportunity) of China as a global superpower, and how his personal history influenced his values and thinking.

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