Episode 433 has Skyler responding to claims and arguments made by Richard Wolff in debates with David Friedman and Gene Epstein. Topics include: Wolff’s debate tactic of feigning ignorance; Wolff’s definitions of capitalism and socialism; the concept of self-ownership; the concept of private property from original appropriation; how private firms can be organized; capitalism as a concept verse markets as a concept; and more.
This episode features a talk by writer and filmmaker Kirby Ferguson from 2013. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.
Episode 046 looks at aligning your mindset with your goals so as it not allow your brain to sabotage your efforts; responding to an insult during an argument with, “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear that, can you repeat it?” and/or “Are you trying to hurt my feelings?”; the deals you can get at a thrift store just after Christmas; and the importance in visiting your grandparents regularly.
Episode 432 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: his original look at antinatalism, the belief that it is morally wrong to procreate; his lament that too many people are political libertines, the type of people who don’t consider moral principles as it concerns government action; why poverty is and is not the default state of mankind; and more.
Episode 431 has Skyler reading and giving his commentary on an article by entrepreneurship professor Per Bylund titled, “Debunking Seven Common Criticisms of Austrian Economics”.
Episode 045 looks at several Stoic topics: the first from Epictetus who wrote, “Keep death and exile before your eyes each day, along with everything that seems terrible—by doing so, you’ll never have a base thought nor will you have excessive desire.”; and the rest from lists shared by gdm41 and austinthebean to r/Stoicism introduced as, “Hi guys, maybe you are already aware of DailyStoic.com, they send out a daily newsletter with Stoic topics. Last week they sent a good summary of Stoic virtues/habits to avoid”.
Episode 430 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following questions from Quora: “Why are you against communism?”; “What is the role of a government in the modern economic system?”; and “What are some negative misconceptions about libertarianism that people should be aware of?”
This episode features a lecture by economics professor emeritus Peter J. Hill from 2016. Hill looks at the development of property rights across the American West in the 19th century.
Episode 429 welcomes Brenden Kumarasamy to the podcast to chat with Skyler on the following topics: his YouTube channel “MasterTalk”; living in Montreal, Canada; Stoicism and sphere of control; older kids still living at home; parenting and kids leaving the nest; knowledge and truth; religion and the afterlife; his favorite anime “Death Note”; collecting stories and trying to live a mistake free life; his top 3 podcasts: “Akimbo” by Seth Godin, “The School of Greatness” by Lewis Howes, and “Impact Theory” by Tom Bilyeu; Warrent Buffet’s focus framework; the value of attending personal development conferences; his book recommendation: Thirst by Scott Harrison; and more
Episode 044 looks at the logical fallacy Reification and the cognitive bias Groupthink.