Joel Kotkin: The Coming of NeoFeudalism

The Power Hungry Podcast | 11 August 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joel Kotkin about his book The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class. Discusses the rise of the technocratic elite, the importance of homeownership, suburbs in the time of covid-19, California’s regressive energy policies, and what he calls “the betrayal of the middle and working-class” by policymakers.

Cameron Murray on Grey Corruption and the ‘Game of Mates’

Speaking with… | 28 July 2017 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cameron Murray about his book Game Of Mates: How Favours Bleed the Nation, co-authored with Paul Frijters. Explores the murky world of “grey gifts”: favours and promises given to bureaucrats and politicians in order to secure favourable decisions and judgements (land rezoning, planning approvals, etc). Discusses how these arrangements occur, who benefits, who foots the bill and the potential solutions. Focusses on Australia, but the prescription and solutions to grey corruption apply everywhere.

Explaining Postmodernism: A Conversation with Stephen Hicks

Context with Brad Harris | 25 January 2021 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Stephen Hicks about his book Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault. Discusses the meaning of postmodernism, where it came from, and why it seems to be infecting so much of American politics and culture today. Contrasts postmodernism with modernism, and clarifies what’s at stake in that battle of ideas.

Francis Fukuyama on Political Development and Political Decay

In Pursuit of Development | 19 January 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Francis Fukuyama on the dysfunction in U.S. politics, state-building, democracy and development, populism and institutional decay in the United States. Draws on his books Political Order and Political Decay, The End of History and the Last Man, and Identity.

The Road to Somewhere, with David Goodhart

AfterWords | 31 March 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later
Interview with David Goodhart about his book The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics. Argues that the rise of populism is due to the marginalisation of people who identify as being from somewhere, as opposed to cosmopolitan anywheres, advantaged by their education.

A Conspiracy of Silence

Hidden Brain | 30 November 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Timur Kuran about ideas from his book Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification. Backgrounds preference falsification – where we pretend to believe the opposite of what we truly think. Offers a frame for understanding the behaviours of tyrants, and modern-day politics.

Walter Williams on Life, Liberty and Economics

EconTalk | 16 October 2006 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Walter E. Williams has died at 84 (NY Times obituary). This 2006 interview discusses his early days as an economist, his controversial view of the Civil War, the insights of Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek, and some deep but simple economic principles.

Are Boomers to Blame for Millennials’ Struggles?

Rationally Speaking | 9 November 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Faced with stagnant wages and rising costs of education, rent, and health care, Millennials have a tougher path to economic security than Boomers did. Discusses whether Millennials’ situation is the result of misguided and irresponsible policy choices by Boomers. Perspectives from: Jill Filipovic, author of OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind; Joseph C. Sternberg, author of The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole Millennials’ Economic Future; and Patrick Fisher, author of Demographic Gaps in American Political Behavior.

It’s great to see Rationally Speaking return after a twelve-month hiatus.