Sam Altman on the A.I. Revolution, Trillionaires and the Future of Political Power

The Ezra Klein Show | 11 June 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sam Altman about his essay Moore’s Law for Everything. Backgrounds how AI will generate wealth by making almost everything cheaper, but destroy jobs in the process and shift wealth from labour to capital. Discusses the political economy that will require, arguing for taxing land and wealth, and distributing it to all to share the wealth.

Machiavelli, Master of Power

The Forum | 27 May 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Exploration of the life and impact of Niccolò Machiavelli who wrote The Prince more than five hundred years ago, long read as a priceless guide to power and what holding it truly involves. Discusses the man behind the work, his claim that a leader must be prepared to act immorally, and why his name has become a byword for cunning and sinister strategy.

Michael Lewis on White House Pandemic Planning

Masters in Business | 3 May 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Lewis about his book The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. Backgrounds some of the maverick characters inside various arms of government that understood what was required to deal with a pandemic. And explains the systemic problems with American governance that got in the way.

You might also like to listen to the first chapter of The Premonition along with a short interview of Michael Lewis with himself about the book.

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.