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Bryan Caplan - Feminists, Billionaires, and Demagogues The Lunar Society

    • Society & Culture

It was a fantastic pleasure to welcome Bryan Caplan back for a third time on the podcast! His most recent book is Don't Be a Feminist: Essays on Genuine Justice.
He explains why he thinks:
* Feminists are mostly wrong,
* We shouldn’t overtax our centi-billionaires,
* Decolonization should have emphasized human rights over democracy,
* Eastern Europe shows that we could accept millions of refugees.
Watch on YouTube. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Read the full transcript here.
Follow me on Twitter for updates on future episodes.
More really cool guests coming up; subscribe to find out about future episodes!

You may also enjoy my interviews with Tyler Cowen (about talent, collapse, & pessimism of sex), Charles Mann (about the Americas before Columbus & scientific wizardry), and Steve Hsu (about intelligence and embryo selection).
If you end up enjoying this episode, I would be super grateful if you share it, post it on Twitter, send it to your friends & group chats, and throw it up wherever else people might find it. Can’t exaggerate how much it helps a small podcast like mine.
A huge thanks to Graham Bessellieu for editing this podcast and Mia Aiyana for producing its transcript.
Timestamps
(00:12) - Don’t Be a Feminist
(16:53) - Western Feminism Ignores Infanticide
(19:59) - Why The Universe Hates Women
(32:02) - Women's Tears Have Too Much Power
(46:37) - Bryan Performs Standup Comedy!
(51:09) - Affirmative Action is Philanthropic Propaganda
(54:12) - Peer-effects as the Only Real Education
(58:46) - The Idiocy of Student Loan Forgiveness
(1:08:49) - Why Society is Becoming Mentally Ill
(1:11:49) - Open Borders & the Ultra-long Term
(1:15:37) - Why Cowen’s Talent Scouting Strategy is Ludicrous
(1:22:11) - Surprising Immigration Victories
(1:37:26) - The Most Successful Revolutions
(1:55:34) - Anarcho-Capitalism is the Ultimate Government
(1:57:00) - Billionaires Deserve their Wealth
Transcript
Dwarkesh Patel
Today, I have the great honor of interviewing Bryan Caplan again for the third time. Bryan, thanks so much for coming on the podcast. 
Bryan Caplan
I've got the great honor of being interviewed by you, Dwarkesh. You're one of my favorite people in the world!
Don’t Be a Feminist
Dwarkesh Patel
It's a greater pleasure every time (for me at least). So let's talk about your book, Don't Be a Feminist. Is there any margin of representation of women in leadership roles at which you think there should be introduced bias to make sure more women get in, even if the original ratio is not because of bias?
Bryan Caplan
No, I believe in meritocracy. I think it is a good system. It is one that almost everyone sees the intuitive appeal of, and it works. Just looking at a group and saying, “We need to get more members of Group X,” is the wrong way to approach it. Rather, you need to be focusing on, “Let's try to figure out the best way of getting the top quality people here.”
Dwarkesh Patel
If there's an astounding ratio of men in certain positions, could that potentially have an impact on the company's ability to do business well? Perhaps the company could just care about increasing the ratio for that reason alone. 
Bryan Caplan
Right. I mean, one can imagine that! I think in our culture, it really goes the other way. People are more likely to be trying to get rid of men, despite the fact that the men are delivering value. If you really pushed me into starting to think, “Suppose you're running a bar, would you have ladies’ night?” well yeah, I would have ladies’ night in a bar because that actually works, and it's good business! However, if what you're doing is trying to actually get correct answers to things, if you're trying to go and make something run effectively, and if you're just trying to make progress and you're trying to learn new things, the thing to focus on is what actually leads to knowledge and not focusing on just trying to get demographic represent

It was a fantastic pleasure to welcome Bryan Caplan back for a third time on the podcast! His most recent book is Don't Be a Feminist: Essays on Genuine Justice.
He explains why he thinks:
* Feminists are mostly wrong,
* We shouldn’t overtax our centi-billionaires,
* Decolonization should have emphasized human rights over democracy,
* Eastern Europe shows that we could accept millions of refugees.
Watch on YouTube. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Read the full transcript here.
Follow me on Twitter for updates on future episodes.
More really cool guests coming up; subscribe to find out about future episodes!

You may also enjoy my interviews with Tyler Cowen (about talent, collapse, & pessimism of sex), Charles Mann (about the Americas before Columbus & scientific wizardry), and Steve Hsu (about intelligence and embryo selection).
If you end up enjoying this episode, I would be super grateful if you share it, post it on Twitter, send it to your friends & group chats, and throw it up wherever else people might find it. Can’t exaggerate how much it helps a small podcast like mine.
A huge thanks to Graham Bessellieu for editing this podcast and Mia Aiyana for producing its transcript.
Timestamps
(00:12) - Don’t Be a Feminist
(16:53) - Western Feminism Ignores Infanticide
(19:59) - Why The Universe Hates Women
(32:02) - Women's Tears Have Too Much Power
(46:37) - Bryan Performs Standup Comedy!
(51:09) - Affirmative Action is Philanthropic Propaganda
(54:12) - Peer-effects as the Only Real Education
(58:46) - The Idiocy of Student Loan Forgiveness
(1:08:49) - Why Society is Becoming Mentally Ill
(1:11:49) - Open Borders & the Ultra-long Term
(1:15:37) - Why Cowen’s Talent Scouting Strategy is Ludicrous
(1:22:11) - Surprising Immigration Victories
(1:37:26) - The Most Successful Revolutions
(1:55:34) - Anarcho-Capitalism is the Ultimate Government
(1:57:00) - Billionaires Deserve their Wealth
Transcript
Dwarkesh Patel
Today, I have the great honor of interviewing Bryan Caplan again for the third time. Bryan, thanks so much for coming on the podcast. 
Bryan Caplan
I've got the great honor of being interviewed by you, Dwarkesh. You're one of my favorite people in the world!
Don’t Be a Feminist
Dwarkesh Patel
It's a greater pleasure every time (for me at least). So let's talk about your book, Don't Be a Feminist. Is there any margin of representation of women in leadership roles at which you think there should be introduced bias to make sure more women get in, even if the original ratio is not because of bias?
Bryan Caplan
No, I believe in meritocracy. I think it is a good system. It is one that almost everyone sees the intuitive appeal of, and it works. Just looking at a group and saying, “We need to get more members of Group X,” is the wrong way to approach it. Rather, you need to be focusing on, “Let's try to figure out the best way of getting the top quality people here.”
Dwarkesh Patel
If there's an astounding ratio of men in certain positions, could that potentially have an impact on the company's ability to do business well? Perhaps the company could just care about increasing the ratio for that reason alone. 
Bryan Caplan
Right. I mean, one can imagine that! I think in our culture, it really goes the other way. People are more likely to be trying to get rid of men, despite the fact that the men are delivering value. If you really pushed me into starting to think, “Suppose you're running a bar, would you have ladies’ night?” well yeah, I would have ladies’ night in a bar because that actually works, and it's good business! However, if what you're doing is trying to actually get correct answers to things, if you're trying to go and make something run effectively, and if you're just trying to make progress and you're trying to learn new things, the thing to focus on is what actually leads to knowledge and not focusing on just trying to get demographic represent

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