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Ep. 206 “What Did Bob Learn?” Part 3 of 3

Bob concludes his series on areas where he’s changed his mind. This episode covers the economics of climate change, fractional reserve banking, the US gold standard, his notorious inflation bets, Nelson Nash’s Infinite Banking Concept, and the God of the Bible. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob’s chapter on the gold standard.…

Ep. 205 Matt McCaffrey on Entrepreneurship and Chinese Military History

Matt McCaffrey is an Austrian economist who is currently associate professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester. He talks with Bob about American economist Frank Fetter, before moving on to a staple of his research: the connection between Chinese military history and entrepreneurship. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Matt McCaffrey’s…

Ep. 204 Scott Sumner Argues the Bernanke Fed Was Too Tight

Scott Sumner is a monetary economist with the Mercatus Center. He famously argued in late 2008 that the Fed was too tight with monetary policy, and eventually he has convinced many economists of his views. In this episode he explains why interest rates and even monetary aggregates are not good indicators of the stance of…

Ep. 203 “What Did Bob Learn?” Part 2 of 3

In response to a listener request, Bob continues a 3-part series explaining areas where his views have changed. In this episode, he covers government debt and future generations, accuracy in polemical writing, the Fed being a private corporation, whether nice guys finish last, and mainstream utility theory. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of…

Ep. 202 “What Did Bob Learn?” Part 1 of 3

In response to a listener request, Bob starts a 3-part series explaining areas where his views have changed. In this episode, he covers trade deficits, justice vs. mercy, the 2000 election, WMDs in Iraq, and Arrow’s Theorem. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob’s article on why free traders should be more…