Bruce Benson: The Enterprise of Law, Justice without The State (1h2m)

This episode features an interview of academic economist Bruce Benson from 2015 by Trevor Burrus and Aaron Powell, hosts of the Free Thoughts podcast. This is a discussion on the idea of law without a government. How would such a system work? How did the law as we know it today come about? Purchase books by Bruce Benson on Amazon here.

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Donald Boudreaux: Cleaned by Capitalism (49m)

This episode features a presentation by economics professor Donald Boudreaux from 2013. Legend has it that capitalism might deliver lots of convenient and wonderful material goods and services, but that one of the costs of these benefits is a more polluted and less agreeable environment. This legend is false. Capitalism is history’s greatest anti-pollutant — in ways that most of us take for granted. Purchase books by Donald Boudreaux on Amazon here.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand (1h42m)

This episode features a lecture by author, scholar, and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb from 2013. He discusses his work on uncertainty, randomness, and disorder outlined in his book: Antifragile. Taleb’s works focuses on decision making under uncertainty, as well as technical and philosophical problems with probability and metaprobability, in other words “what to do in a world we don’t understand”. Purchase books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Amazon here.

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Benjamin Powell: The Economics of Sweatshops (47m)

This episode features a lecture by economics professor Benjamin Powell from 2018. He explores what sweatshops are, why they exist, the economic forces that create them, and why they are a necessary and important component of the developing world. Purchase books by Benjamin Powell from Amazon here.

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Jeffrey Herbener: Demystifying the Federal Reserve (26m)

This episode features an interview of economics professor and department chairman Jeffrey Herbener from 2016 by Jeff Deist, host of the Human Action podcast. They cover the basics of central bank mechanics: how commercial bank reserves are created, the difference between the monetary base and the money supply, and how the Fed Funds rate impacts lending and the structure of production. They consider how Austrian business cycle theory describes the distortions created by artificially low interest rates, and how interest rates ought to operate as price signals. Finally, they discuss how early recipients of newly created money and credit benefit in ways that ordinary citizens don’t.

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Daniel D’Amico: An Economist’s Look at Intellectual Property Law (1h18m)

This episode features a lecture by economics professor Daniel J. D’Amico from 2011 on intellectual property law. He discusses several arguments for and against government enforcement of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, and copyrights. He explores both moral arguments (deontological) and cost benefit arguments (consequential), dedicating most of his time to consequential arguments. He finds that, in general, intellectual property is difficult to enforce and is inherently an anti-rival good. As a result, he finds no compelling case for government established intellectual property law. Purchase books by Daniel J. D’Amico on Amazon here.

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