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Ep. 125 Mateusz Machaj on the Structure of Production in Economic Theory, and the Political Philosophy of the Star Wars Prequels

Austrian economist and Mises Institute Fellow Mateusz Machaj discusses two of his books. The first is a technical work explaining how the Austrian structure of production concept can help resolve puzzles in economics. Machaj’s second book analyzes the political philosophy behind the Star Wars prequels. This episode contains deep insights that will inform even advanced students of both economic theory and the Star Wars universe.

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. Reily Smith on 07/05/2020 at 1:46 AM

    Great episode Bob! Over the years I’ve seen many analysis video’s on star wars, but few focus on the political aspect. Machaj’s perspective on Palpatine and the prequels is very interesting. If you want more political analysis videos on Star Wars I recommend this video: by Academic Agent. Perhaps you don’t agree with everything in the video, but I think it’s an interesting watch at least.

  2. Samuel on 07/05/2020 at 3:31 PM

    Hey Murphy, I completely coincidently was reading your 2006 paper on economic computation using Cantors diagonal argument and the response given by Machaj which I found very interesting. I was wondering If you had any comment on this issue. Does the Lange-Lerner model not contain the equation solving method itself? Does your argument still apply but only to the pure mathematical/complete central planning arguments of the 1920’s and early 1930’s by Taylor and early Dickinson? Any sort of advice for direction on the issue would be very helpful given I’ve spent a lot of time on this issue, going as deep as to read Per to get to really get to the bottom of calculation debate. This topic has a huge amount of literature on it with so many annoyingly different arguments in such subtle ways causing confusion, maybe you can make things more clear?

    • Robert Murphy on 07/05/2020 at 8:13 PM

      I need to re-read it I never really studied their critique (too busy).

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