David Willetts on How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future

The CapX Podcast | 11 December 2019 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Willetts about his book The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – And Why They Should Give It Back. Describes how the unconscious demographic power of baby boomers has benefited them at the expense of their children. Questions how long their children will be prepared to put up with higher taxes, working longer hours for less money, and lowered social mobility.

Danyl McLauchlan: Is Ardern an Elene Ferrante character?

Saturday Morning | 5 November 2021 | 0h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Danyl McLauchlan about his essay In A Captured State. Uses Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels to contextualise New Zealand (and also US and UK) politics. Argues that a professional managerial class has emerged that is symbolically liberal but operationally conservative.

James Breiding on Small-Nation Success

American Purpose’s Bookstack | 26 February 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with James Breiding about his book Too Small To Fail: Why Some Small Nations Outperform Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the World. Discusses lessons from eight small economies about the factors that have allowed them to successfully tackle problems that trip up larger countries.

Edward Watts – The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea

The Dissenter | 13 September 2021 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Edward Watts about his book The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Backgrounds the factors that played a role in the fall of Rome and discusses the long history of people theorising about the decline and fall of Rome and projecting that onto current issues.

Douglas Carswell: Threats to the Enlightenment

The Human Progress Podcast | 24 September 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Carswell discussing Brexit as a liberal cause for democratic self-determination; the rise of authoritarianism and protectionism and the threat they pose to liberty and economic growth; political polarisation; and the retreat from the Enlightenment.

The Decline and Rise of Democracy with David Stasavage

Charter Cities Podcast | 26 July 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Stasavage about his book The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today. Discusses the role of geography and technology in the emergence of democracy, the factors that influence the strength of a city’s fiscal position, the importance of having collective governance before bureaucracy, and more.

Andrew Sullivan on Braving New Intellectual Journeys

Conversations with Tyler | 11 August 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Sullivan about his book Out on a Limb: Selected Writing, 1989–2021. Discusses the role of the AIDs epidemic in achieving marriage equality, why public intellectuals often lack courage, how being a gay man helps him access perspectives he otherwise wouldn’t, how drugs influence his ideas, why he’s a passionate defender of SATs and IQ tests, what Niall Ferguson and Boris Johnson were like as fellow undergraduates, what Americans get wrong about British politics, why so few people share his admiration for Margaret Thatcher, whether wokeism has a positive influence globally, and more.