Where is My Flying Car? with J. Storrs Hall

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.

Robert Zubrin on Merchants of Despair

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.