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Ep. 77 Rob Bradley on His Contributions to Energy Economics, Rothbard as Dissertation Chair, and Enron as a Postmodern Corporation

Rob Bradley is the world’s leading expert in energy economics in the Austrian tradition. His treatise Oil, Gas, and Government is the definitive record of U.S. government intervention in the oil & gas markets. Rob chose Murray Rothbard as the chair for his dissertation in Political Economy. At one point in his career, Rob served as a speechwriter for Ken Lay, CEO of Enron, which afforded Rob a firsthand view of the skullduggery that would later be wrongly blamed on capitalism.

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About the author, Robert

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


  1. Lysander Spooner on 11/19/2019 at 10:25 PM

    Very interesting. I look forward to armies of ‘blue collar scholars’ publishing industry specific histories from an Austrian perspective.

    Hearing about the various ways people gamed the oil subsidy system makes me propose a corollary to Burhams 5th Law (Wherever there is prohibition there is a bootlegger) – namely ‘wherever there is a handout, there is a scammer’.

    (See for all 10 of Burham’s Laws.)

  2. GB on 12/01/2019 at 7:15 PM

    Good podcast. Also reveals Ken Lay and Enron as early rent-seekers who helped promote the “Global Warming” hysteria in order to make money from “carbon markets”.

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