Power Hour with Alex Epstein | 18 November 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with J. Storrs Hall about his book Where’s My Flying Car?: A Memoir of Future Past. Discusses what has held back many forms of progress, including flying cars, over the last half-century. Backgrounds the Great Stagnation and discusses how government funding of research promotes stagnation; how green philosophy promotes stagnation; the regulatory stifling of nuclear energy; and how to liberate human progress from its political and philosophical strangulation.
Via the excellent book review at Roots of Progress.
Power Hour with Alex Epstein | 4 December 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Zubrin about his book Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism. Zubrin describes the history of what he calls “antihumanism” – the belief that “human beings are pathogens whose activities need to be suppressed in order to protect a fixed ecological order with interests that stand above those of humanity.” Traces how Malthusianism led to sterilization campaigns, racism, and the environmental movement’s opposition to life-saving energy, pesticides, and genetically-modified organisms.