Lars Doucet – Georgism, Progress, Poverty, & Why Rent is Too Damn High

The Lunar Society | 10 January 2022 | 1h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lars Doucet about his book Land is a Big Deal. Digs deep into Georgism – the notion of taxing increases in land value. Discusses why even the wealthiest places in the world have poverty and homelessness; why rents increase as fast as wages; why land-owners are able to extract the profits that rightly belong to labour and capital; and how taxing the value of land would alleviate speculation, NIMBYism, and income and sales taxes.

This digs deep into the arguments for and against a land value tax. The earlier Narratives episode serves as a gentler introduction. I’m rather persuaded by the arguments presented. Is there something I’ve missed, or is this a no-brainer policy change?

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Bethany McLean – Enron, FTX, 2008, Musk, Frauds, & Visionaries

The Lunar Society | 21 December 2022 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bethany McLean discussing the astounding similarities between Enron & FTX, how visionaries are just frauds who succeed (and which category describes Elon Musk), what caused 2008, and whether we are headed for a new crisis, why there are too many venture capitalists and not enough short sellers, and why history keeps repeating itself.

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Tyler Cowen – Talent, Collapse, & Sex

The Lunar Society | 28 September 2022 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing how sex is more pessimistic than he is; why he expects society to collapse permanently; why humility, stimulants, intelligence, and stimulants are overrated; how he identifies talent, deceit, and ambition; and more. Draws from his book Talent, How to Find Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Across the World.

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Alexander Mikaberidze – Napoleon, War, Progress, and Global Order

The Lunar Society | 13 July 2022 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Mikaberidze about his book The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History. Discusses the global ramifications of the Napoleonic Wars – from India to Egypt to America; how Napoleon was the last of the enlightened despots; whether he would have made a good startup founder; how the Napoleonic Wars accelerated the industrial revolution; the roots of the war in Ukraine, and more.

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Charles C. Mann – Americas Before Columbus & Scientific Wizardry

The Lunar Society | 14 September 2022 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Charles C. Mann about his books 1491: New Revelations of America before Columbus, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, and The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World. Discusses why Native American civilizations collapsed, why he disagrees with Will MacAskill about longtermism, why there aren’t any successful slave revolts, how Bitcoin is like the Chinese Silver Trade, how geoengineering can help us solve climate change, and more.

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Sarah Fitz-Claridge – Taking Children Seriously

The Lunar Society | 4 June 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sarah Fitz-Claridge about Taking Children Seriously – the philosophy that advocates that it is possible and desirable to raise and educate children without coercion, never doing anything to them against their will or making them do anything against their will.

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