The economic analysis of politics goes by many names: political economy, rational choice theory, formal political theory, social choice, economics of governance, endogenous policy theory, and public choice. Each of these labels picks out a subtly different intellectual tradition. Each tradition expands our understanding of the world. My favorite, though, remains public choice.
Episode 375 welcomes back Chris Jenkins to chat with Skyler on the following topics: Utah windstorm fallout; California wildfires; Dune trailer; hero’s journey and Disney; sci-fi television; Star Trek movies; British comedy; Netflix’s Lost in Space; 13 year old Autistic boy shot by police in Salt Lake City; Rob Hustle’s “Call the Cops” music video; the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty and what they’ve done to the black community; University of Utah’s economics and humanities departments; Ben Swann on the Moderna vaccine; politician pedophile rings; their line in the sand for leaving the United States for greener pastures; American secessionary movements in their lifetime; and more.
What the protectionist is really saying…
Episode 358 welcomes back Chris Jenkins to chat with Skyler on the following topics: their Jurassic Park movie favorites, in order; movies during the 2020 pandemic; social distancing verse physical distance and whether something more sinister is afoot; Samuel Konkin III’s agorism and counter-economic strategies for starving the state of tax revenue; civil disobedience; challenging the state’s jurisdictional claims (and a bit on Skyler’s recent experience with his Airbnb, found here); gumming up the gears of state action through courts and in raising the costs of their bureaucratic enforcement; Utah allowing community service in lieu of paying traffic fines and where that law originated; unschooling and homeschooling as agorist action; and more.
If you’re under the age of 40 and you’re reading this, chances are very good that your interest in the liberty movement was sparked by three-time presidential candidate and veteran Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Paul inspired an entire generation of Libertarians, Constitutionalists and limited-government Conservatives with his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
Episode 355 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: continuation of the Economics 101 mini-series by reviewing Mises.org’s new short video series “Economics for Beginners”; continuation of the Wizard’s Rules mini-series, Wizard’s Eleventh Rule: “Embrace life, seek strength without hate”; and more.
Krugman‘s apparent embrace of this growth agnosticism is doubly puzzling. After a lifetime of study, a brilliant Nobel laureate still lacks anything useful to say about fostering growth? How is that even possible?
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Episode 340 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: continuation of the Economics 101 mini-series concluding Walter Williams’ Economics for the Citizen series; continuation of the Wizard’s Rules mini-series, Wizard’s Tenth Rule: “Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one’s self”; and more.
Last week, I was part of the Cato Institute’s book forum on Laurence Siegel’s Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance. Here’s my commentary on the book.