What the West Got Wrong About China

The Daily | 4 December 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The West was certain that China would not pull off its economic experiment. That certainty came from a set of assumptions about how societies function and political freedoms emerge: that economic freedom required political freedom and that the internet would undermine party authority. But those assumptions proved wrong — and China became stronger than ever.

Arnold Kling on The Three Languages of Politics

Cato Daily Podcast | 25 May 2017 | 0h 16m | Listen Later 
Interview with Arnold Kling distilling the framework in “The Three Languages of Politics.” We should assume good intentions as we talk past each other: with progressives focussed on oppressor versus oppressed; conservatives on civilisation versus barbarism; and libertarians on liberty versus coercion.

Where Jonathan Haidt Thinks the American Mind Went Wrong

The Ezra Klein Show | 26 November 2018 | 1h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt on the ideas in “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Insightful on the costs of being overly protective and focusing on injustice. Debates the right balance between nurturing antifragility in the face of injustice versus entrenching societal injustice.

Understanding the North Korean Economy

FT Alphachat | 16 February 2018 | 1h 01m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Marcus Noland, economist and executive vice president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explains the North Korean economy, which is not entirely the communist museum piece we commonly think. Describes the bottom-up emergence of market processes in response to the failure of state institutions.

Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity

EconTalk | 8 October 2018 | 1h 13m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Neil Monnery, about his book “Architect of Prosperity”, a biography of John Cowperthwaite, the man often credited with the economic success of Hong Kong. Describes the policies that Cowperthwaite championed and the role they played in the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy.

Beyond the Politics of Race

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 29 July 2018 | 1h 56m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. Challenges progressive instincts with thoughtful, nuanced thinking, grounded in data.

Universal Basic Income

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 19 June 2018 | 1h 08m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yang, author of “The War on Normal People,” about universal basic income (UBI). Discusses the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, and thoroughly canvases the arguments for and against UBI.

Jonathan Haidt on the Righteous Mind

EconTalk | 20 January 2014 | 1h 03m | Listen Later 
Interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The “Righteous Mind”, discussing the nature of human nature, and how our brain affects our morality and politics. Haidt argues that reason often serves our emotions rather than the mind being in charge. We can be less interested in the truth and more interested in finding facts and stories that fit preconceived narratives and ideology. Haidt tries to understand why people come to different visions of morality and politics and how we might understand each other despite those differences.