Cory Doctorow on Chokepoint Capitalism

New Books in Economics | 23 November 2022 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Cory Doctorow about his book Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We’ll Win Them Back, co-authored with Rebecca Giblin. Discusses how corporate concentration has allowed companies to extract monopoly rents, especially from creators, and suggests changes to correct this imbalance.

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Robin Goldstein & Daniel Sumner – The Economics of Weed

The Meb Faber Show | 20 June 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robin Goldstein and Daniel Sumner about their book Can Legal Weed Win?: The Blunt Realities of Cannabis Economics. Discusses the history of weed and what led to it becoming illegal in the US; competition between the legal and illegal markets; the impact of both good and bad regulations so far; the future of the cannabis industry from both the business and investment perspective; predictions for when weed will be legalized at the Federal level; and their worst-case scenario for when that happens.

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Alexander Zaitchik on Owning the Sun

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 3 March 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Zaitchik about his book Owning the Sun: A People’s History of Monopoly Medicine from Aspirin to COVID-19 Vaccines. Discusses the evolution of US intellectual property thinking and regulation; the emergence of monopoly medicines; examples of the US government funding the development of medicines only to grant private companies monopolies for their production; big pharma’s capture of regulators; and more.

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Mark Carney on Central Banking and Shared Values

Conversations with Tyler | 26 May 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Carney about his book, Values: Building a Better World for All, which draws lessons from his time in central banking. Discusses his background in Canada, reflections on his time as Governor of the Bank of England, Goldman Sachs, public speaking, liquidity trap theories, regulation of central bank digital currencies and decentralized finance (DeFi), how central banks should address potential risks caused by climate change, covid-19, why there seems to be little populism in Canada, the causes of the UK productivity slowdown, and more.

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Carl Hart on the Role of Drug Use in the Pursuit of Happiness

Keen On | 14 January 2021 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl L. Hart about his book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Discusses the restrictions, benefits and dangers of recreational drug use. Argues that restrictions on personal drug use are ineffective, racist, ignore empirical evidence, perpetuate social inequality, and are at odds with the right to pursue happiness.

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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.

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How Much Do We Really Care About Children?

Freakonomics Radio | 14 January 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores child car seats as an example of a counter-productive policy intended to benefit children. Covers the downturn in fertility implied by COVID-19 economic downturn and the demographic challenges that implies; the reduction in fertility attributable to child car seat regulation; and the questionable benefits of child car seats.

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Adam Thierer: How ‘Evasive Entrepreneurship’ Can Beat the Regulatory State

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis | 12 June 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Thierer about his book Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments. Discusses innovative companies skirting regulation that entrenches interests and blocks innovation that benefits consumers and human progress.

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