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 Like Lightning.

Caplan’s Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

Caplan’s Case Against Education.

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.

Ideas that have helped mankind by Bertrand Russell. 

Revolt of the Public by Martin Gurri

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 notes:
The Great Illusion by Norman Angell.
Ben’s blog.
Great founder theory.

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.

Progress with Jason Crawford

In this episode, we talk with Jason Crawford about progress. What it is, what it isn’t, and how do we accelerate it? Jason is the author of The Roots of Progress, a website about the history of technology and industry, and the philosophy of progress.

Show notes:

Economic growth since the industrial revolution.

Peter Thiel on tech stagnation.

A few books we mentioned:

Steven Pinker’s book Enlightenment Now.

Deirdre McCloskey’s book Bourgeoise Equality.

Ross Douthat’s Decadent Society.