Tibor Rutar: The Rise, Benefits, and Challenges of Liberal Democracies

The Dissenter | 7 August 2023 | 1h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tibor Rutar about his book Rational Choice and Democratic Government: A Sociological Approach. Discusses the rise and spread of democracy, the recent “democratic recession”, the 2008 economic crisis; rational choice theory, self-interest, and incentives; how much we should worry about average voters being uninformed; how market failure and government failure occur; where public choice analyses fail; whether democracy contributes to peace; and whether we should expect liberal-democratic capitalist societies to be more successful than authoritarian state-capitalist societies.

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Ferdinand Mount: Big Caesars and Little Caesars

The Book Club | 19 July 2023 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ferdinand Mount about his book Big Caesars and Little Caesars: How They Rise and How They Fall – From Julius Caesar to Boris Johnson. Discusses why he thinks it’s fair to compare Boris Johnson with a cast of despots and autocrats from Indira Gandhi and Oliver Cromwell to Louis Napoleon and even Adolf Hitler – and why he sees the impulse to autocracy as an ineradicable thread in human history.

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What’s The Right Amount of Democracy feat. Garett Jones

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 30 June 2023 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Garett Jones about his books 10% Less Democracy and The Culture Transplant. Discusses the true meaning of the word “democracy,” whether it’s better to have a well-educated elite calling the shots, and how migration can determine how prosperous a country will be.

See also other interviews with Garett Jones.

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Matthew Goodwin’s Values, Voice and Virtue

The Podcast of the Lotus Eaters | 16 June 2023 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matthew Goodwin about his book Values, Voice and Virtue: The New British Politics. Discusses the realignment of politics with working-class, socially conservative, and non-graduate voters ignored by university-educated elite progressives.

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Is Land a Big Deal? ft. Lars Doucet

The New Liberal Podcast | 24 April 2023 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lars Doucet about his book Land is a Big Deal. Discusses land value taxes and why he believes they’re a solution to many of our economic problems, why land matters in the modern economy, the political barriers to passing land value taxes, how land appraisal actually works, and more.

See also other episodes with Lars Doucet, his review of Henry George’s book Progress and Poverty, and his essays at Astral Star Codex on Georgism.

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Ezra Klein on Supply-Side Progressivism

“Upstream” with Erik Torenberg | 7 April 2023 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ezra Klein discussing the intellectual movement of supply-side liberalism, what Silicon Valley misunderstands about politics, the abundance agenda, immigration and free trade, institutional distrust, polarisation, and more.

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Tibor Rutar – Capitalism for Realists

Ideas Having Sex | 13 March 2023 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tibor Rutar about his book Capitalism for Realists: Virtues and Vices of the Modern Economy. Analyzes the costs and benefits of capitalism using a straightforward and empirical framework, evaluating key arguments for the causes of the Industrial Revolution along the way.

See also The Dissenter interview.

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Josiah Osgood on Cato, Caesar and the Battle for Rome’s Legacy

The Daily Stoic | 7 December 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Josiah Osgood about his book Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato’s Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic. Discusses the complicated legacy of Cato, how Caesar and Cato’s relationship can help inform our daily lives, and more.


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