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Ep. 194 How a Voluntary Society Would Handle Blockades and Immigration

Bob elaborates on two ideas he had when he wrote his novel “Minerva” in grad school. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob’s archives at Strike the Root, which contain the serialized version of Bob’s novel, Minerva. (Note that the HTML formatting is incorrect for some characters, such as the em-dash turning…

Ep. 183 Ben Powell Argues that Immigrants Don’t Threaten Liberty

Standard economic analysis suggests that even large-scale immigration doesn’t hurt native citizens economically. But couldn’t the newcomers change the culture and political climate to hurt liberty? In his latest book, economist Ben Powell argues that this too is a baseless fear. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: The YouTube version of this interview. Ben…

Ep. 47 Economist Ben Powell Reports on His Worldwide Tour of Socialist Countries

Ben Powell, head of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech, discusses his newly released book Socialism Sucks (co-authored with Robert Lawson). Powell and Lawson toured countries around the world to observe firsthand life under ACTUAL socialism–in places like North Korea and Venezuela–versus places that merely have large welfare states (like Sweden). They concluded that, well, socialism…

Ep. 11 The Economics of Immigration and a Border Wall

Bob flies solo to provide an introductory framework on how to analyze the economics of immigration, as well as the politics involved in this controversial topic. The point isn’t to pick sides but to sharpen everyone’s arguments. For example: Make sure your arguments about immigration don’t “prove” that having babies makes a country poorer. Mentioned…