The Death of Nation-States and Radical Self-Ownership: The Sovereign Individual

Made You Think | 26 September 2017 | 2h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg, which presciently predicted in 1996 how the Internet would change our lives and work over the following decades. Discusses how technology might destroy what we think of as citizenship, work, travel, community, and life. Covers the increasing popularity of self-education over college; how to prepare for the future cyber-economy; the future of job automation and subsequent unemployment; the decreasing demand for people with degrees and job experience; the four stages of cultural and societal advancement; the future of cryptocurrency and online wealth; and the necessity for finding meaning in your life and work.

Arnold Kling on the Three Languages of Politics, Revisited

EconTalk | 6 April 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Arnold Kling about the revised edition of his book The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides. Kling talks about the changed political landscape in the United States and around the world and how his ideas have changed since the book was first published in 2013.

Ten Percent Less Democracy with Garett Jones

Economics Detective Radio | 23 March 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Garett Jones about his book 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less. Draws together evidence and theory from across economics, political science, and finance to make the case that the richest, most democratic nations would be better off if they slightly reduced accountability to the voting public, turning up the dial on elite influence.

Balaji Srinivasan: Exploring Covid-19

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 13 March 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
A timeless, multidisciplinary conversation on Covid-19. Enduring lessons on thinking clearly include base rate versus growth rate thinking, second- and third-order consequences, scientific thinking in political leadership, top-down versus bottom-up responses, and regulatory barriers to innovation.

Rachel Barkow on Prisoners of Politics

Probable Causation | 27 February 2020 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rachel Barkow about her book Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration. Argues that the politicisation of criminal justice policy prevents dispassionate analysis of the facts and produces poor public safety outcomes.

Barbara Ehrenreich on UBI, Class Conflict, and Collective Joy

The Ezra Klein Show | 24 February 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich discussing ideas from her books, which have covered a vast range of topics, from the precarity of middle-class existence, to the psychological and sociological roots of collective joy, to human mortality, to her own attempt, as an atheist, to grapple with mystical experiences.

Tim Harford on Persuasion and Popular Economics

Conversations with Tyler | 13 February 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with economist, author and podcaster Tim Harford. Covers debating and public speaking, the role of popular economics in a politicized world, Brexit polarization, feedback, the limits of fact-checking, playing poker with Steve Levitt, messiness in music, the three things he can’t live without, and more. Surprises and insights throughout.

The World According to Thiel

Uncommon Knowledge | 12 February 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Thiel. Covers globalization, the continuing and ever-growing threat from China and what the United States can and can’t do it about, what the rise of Bernie Sanders means for the future of US capitalism, the “derangement” (Thiel’s phrase) of Silicon Valley in the last decade, the scourge of political correctness on campuses and in society at large, and why to rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.