America, the Urban/Rural Divide and Girard with Zak Slayback

In this wide-ranging conversation, we’re joined by Zak Slayback to talk about America, the Urban/Rural Divide, and Rene Girard. Zak is a venture capital professional at 1517 fund, career coach, and occasional writer. You can find Zak’s work at Show Notes: Zak’s book How to Get Ahead (Highly recommended!) Nozick’s Anarchy State and Utopia. Girard’s I See Satan Fall […]

Whig History, Decadence, and Stagnation with Quinn Lewandowski

I’m joined by Quinn Lewandowski to explore common ideas of how history is progressing. We also discuss cost disease, scientific freedom, and why there is a dearth of new, really good art. Show Notes:Scott’s cost disease post.  Alex Tabarrok’s cost disease study.  Eliezer Yudkowsky’s Inadequate Equilibria.  Scientific Freedom by Don Braben. Zvi’s blog.  Now it can be told by General Groves. […]

Industrial Policy, Innovation, and Decline with Ben Landau-Taylor

I got to talk to Ben Landau-Taylor about why only America seems to be able to innovate, why state capacity has declined in the US, and how to think about industrial policy in the modern world. Ben is a Senior Analyst at Bismark Analytics. You can find Ben at his blog here, and on twitter here.A few show […]