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Ep. 176 A Framework for Analyzing Tech Censorship

Bob explains the legal and practical issues surrounding the purge of right-wing voices from social media sites. He makes a distinction between free speech and the 1st Amendment, and critically analyzes the typical “newsstand / publisher” analogy for Section 230. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: EFF article on Section 230 and…

Ep. 175 David Andolfatto Defends the Fed

Ron Paul used the fall in purchasing power since the founding of the Fed to argue that the central bank had hurt regular Americans. Fed economist David Andolfatto disagrees, but Bob pushes back. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: The YouTube version of this interview. David Andolfatto critiques Ron Paul’s argument against the…

Ep. 173 Alastair Roberts on Scapegoating in the Work of Rene Girard

Alastair Roberts works for the Biblically-grounded Theopolis and Davenant Institutes. He talks with Bob about the work of Rene Girard on scapegoating, and his forthcoming Bible commentary. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: The YouTube version of this interview. Alastair Roberts’ YouTube channel and Soundcloud link to his podcast. The Theopolis and…

Ep. 172 How Much Oil Should Humanity Use This Year?

Harold Hotelling in 1931 wrote the pioneering article “The Economics of Exhaustible Resources” that described the equilibrium prices over time for a finite resource such as oil or coal. Bob explains the answer and how it matches with the Austrian view of time preference. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob’s EconLib article…