Scott Reynolds Nelson on Oceans of Grain

Eat This Podcast | 20 June 2022 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
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Three-part interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain. Discusses the various ways in which the ability to move wheat more efficiently changed world history, geography and economics; the various financial innovations developed to facilitate the grain trade; and the history of empires taxing and controlling the movement of grain as an exercise of political and commercial power.

I read this book after listening to the Meb Faber episode. It is an excellent read, framing world history through the lens of grain trading, generating numerous insights along the way.

Scott Reynolds Nelson – How Wheat Made The Modern World

The Meb Faber Show | 25 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World. Discusses the role of wheat in the world; why access to wheat has caused the rise and fall of empires, social unrest like the Arab spring, and plagues; why the Russia / Ukraine war is another example of countries going to war for access to wheat and the related trade routes; the history of US financial crises and the role of commodities in each.

John Mueller – The Stupidity of War

Ideas Having Sex | 4 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John Mueller about his book The Stupidity of War: American Foreign Policy and the Case for Complacency. Argues that international war is in decline, that the threats have been exaggerated, and recommends a policy of complacency and appeasement.

Peter Zeihan – Deglobalization, Depopulation, & What It Means Going Forward

The Meb Faber Show | 1 June 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Zeihan about his book The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization. Discusses the two main themes he sees in the world today: deglobalization and depopulation; which countries are set up to thrive or suffer based on these trends; why he’s extremely bearish on China and the implications of this on a possible invasion of Taiwan; the war between Russia and Ukraine and related issues within the energy markets, supply chains and food shortages; and finishes on inflation, the shale revolution, and nuclear energy.

Twilight Struggle: Cold War Lessons for US-China Today

ChinaTalk | 7 May 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hal Brands about his book The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today. Discusses how the US capitalised on Soviet heavy-handedness in the developing world; how technology impacted the broader trajectory of the Cold War; the US’s never-ending cycles of self-confidence and self-doubt; today’s Sinologists versus Cold War Sovietologists; why the only person who can stop the war in Ukraine is the one who started it.

Helen Thompson on Disorder

Talking Politics | 24 February 2022 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Helen Thompson about her book Disorder: Hard Times in the Twenty-First Century. Discusses the energy transition, the perils of QE, the travails of the Eurozone, the crisis of democracy, China, and America, from the past to the present to the future. Argues that past and future geopolitical turbulence is a function of fossil fuel energy.

Empire: Why Ray Dalio Thinks We May Be Headed for Civil War

The Next Big Idea | 10 March 2022 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ray Dalio about his book Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail. Discusses his research that shows that nations rise and fall according to an inevitable cycle where peace and prosperity are always followed by depression and war. Argues that the United States is now in the downward part of that cycle.

John Mearsheimer On Handling Russia And China

The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 28 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with John Mearsheimer about his book The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities. Argues for a return to realism in US foreign policy, rather than the advancement of liberalism pursued 1990–2016. Discusses the relationship with Russia and China, especially with regard to Ukraine and Taiwan.