32: 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. […]

31: 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 […]

30: Health, Mobility, and Training with Kelly Starrett

In this episode, we talk with Kelly Starrett about health, mobility, and training. Dr. Kelly Starrett is a coach, physical therapist, two-time New York Times &Wall Street Journal bestselling author, speaker, and co-founder of The Ready State. Show Notes: Ready to Run by Kelly Starrett Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett.

26: Trade, War, and China with Brendan Cooley

In this episode, we discuss trade, war and China with Brendan Cooley. Brendan is a Senior Data Scientist at Big League Advance. He recently finished his Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton. In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover the different schools of international relations theory, building ideal trade policy, and just how likely a great power […]

25: Karl Popper with Jon Guze

Jon Guze is the Director of Legal Studies at John Locke. Jon is an expert on Karl Popper, the law, and governance. In this episode, we talk about Popper’s theory of knowledge, civil asset forfeiture, and eugenics in North Carolina. Show notes: Jon’s recent work http://www.johnlocke.org/update/?p2p_author=540.  His work on: Judicial elections (here and here);  Redistricting […]

Vaccine Distribution in North Carolina, an Abject Failure. 

Some problems, like building the first atomic bomb, are hard.  Other problems, like distributing vaccines, are not.  Currently, in North Carolina, there are more than 300,000 doses of life-saving vaccines, sitting in freezers, and not where they should be (in people’s arms).  This is not a hard problem, and from a country that went to […]