Bruce Bueno de Mesquita – The Invention of Power

Ideas Having Sex | 7 November 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita about his book The Invention of Power: Popes, Kings, and the Birth of the West. Discusses his novel explanation for Western exceptionalism – that the 1122 Concordat of Worms, between churches and nation-states, incentivized economic growth, facilitated secularization, and improved the lot of the citizenry, all of which set European countries on a course for prosperity.

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Chris Coyne – In Search of Monsters to Destroy

Ideas Having Sex | 5 December 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Coyne about his book In Search of Monsters to Destroy: The Folly of American Empire and the Paths to Peace. Uses economics as a frame to critique American interventionist foreign policy. Argues that liberalism cannot be advanced with illiberal means and suggests alternative approaches to conflicts that promote peace.

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Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works

Ideas Having Sex | 21 November 2022 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Discusses elements of innovation: the exchange of ideas; serendipity; simultaneous invention, the asymmetry between how obvious innovation looks looking back but not forward in time; his book Viral about the origins of covid-19 and his consternation at the lack of appetite to properly investigate those origins, and more.

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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.

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Bryan Caplan – How Evil Are Politicians?

Ideas Having Sex | 23 May 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about his book How Evil Are Politicians?: Essays on Demagoguery. Discusses politicians’ practice of saying things that are false in order to retain power while making society worse; social desirability bias – that when the truth is ugly – that people lie; the centrality of power hunger; and more.

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David Skarbek – The Puzzle of Prison Order

Ideas Having Sex | 9 May 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Skarbek about his book The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World. Discusses the formal and informal governance structures that emerge in different prison environments around the world.

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David Friedman – Legal Systems Very Different from Ours

Ideas Having Sex | 25 April 2022 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Friedman about his book Legal Systems Very Different from Ours. Describes the legal systems of societies throughout history and around the globe, including saga-era Iceland and examples where law enforcement is private and decentralised.

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