Governance, Modernity, and the West with Michael Gibson

In this episode, we chat with Michael Gibson about problems with our governance, tech stagnation, and potential paths forward from here. Michael is a principal and co-founder at the Venture Capital firm 1517 Fund.

Show Notes

The Rise and Decline of Nations by Mancur Olson

Nonzero by Robert Wright

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard

Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake

Transcript here.

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.