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The podcast promoting free markets, free minds, and grateful souls.

    Ep. 126 Keith Knight Interviews Bob on Krugman's Zombie Book

    Ep. 126 Keith Knight Interviews Bob on Krugman's Zombie Book

    Keith Knight walks Bob through a meticulous critique of Krugman's new book on "Arguing With Zombies." Topics include the babysitter co-op, the deregulation that allegedly caused the housing bubble, and the tax rates of the 1950s.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep. 125 Mateusz Machaj on the Structure of Production in Economic Theory, and the Political Philosophy of the Star Wars Prequels

    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.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Ep. 124 The Right Way to Defund the Police, and an Eyewitness Account of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)

    Ep. 124 The Right Way to Defund the Police, and an Eyewitness Account of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)

    Bob first discusses the theory of transferring police services away from the government and to the private community. Then he interviews Whitney Davis, a Rothbardian with a history of libertarian activism, who is a Seattle resident and happens to live down the street from the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Ep. 123 Faulty Economic Justifications for the Coronavirus Lockdowns

    Ep. 123 Faulty Economic Justifications for the Coronavirus Lockdowns

    Bob explains some of the basic--but crucial--errors in the cost/benefit analyses that have been offered by economists to justify the political lockdowns issued in light of the coronavirus. Specifically, economists have conflated voluntary physical distancing with coerced lockdowns, and they are also misusing the concept of a Value of a Statistical Life (VSL).

    • 39 min
    Ep. 122 Alex Salter on the Empty Slogan of “State Capacity” and the Famous Somalia Challenge

    Ep. 122 Alex Salter on the Empty Slogan of “State Capacity” and the Famous Somalia Challenge

    Alex Salter is an economist with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. Bob asks him about his recent article (with Vincent Geloso) criticizing "state capacity" as an explanation for economic development. Along the way, they also discuss the historical record and its challenge to modern-day anarchists.

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 121 The Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin on Hanging Out with 2 Live Crew and Sticking it to the NSA

    Ep. 121 The Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin on Hanging Out with 2 Live Crew and Sticking it to the NSA

    Libertarians know Michael Boldin as the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, but he started out as a leftist promoting clubs in LA and other major cities. In this fun conversation, Michael explains his origins and how he ended up advising state governments on how to kick the NSA out of their backyard.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

acuthbert22 ,

This guy gets it

Bob is very intelligent and levelheaded. Often gives a perspective that you haven't heard elsewhere.

imperfectmom ,

Very balanced- glad I stumbled here!

Thank you... it’s not easy to sift thru the numerous speakers/podcasts having that critique on political issues balanced with economic insight. Bob Murphy takes the time to explain a lot of things. I really am grateful. Thank you.

Adam MiCauc ,

Absolutely amazing

Bob Murphy may be one of the most likable people in the world. He has a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor, but he is brilliant. He also has a way of explaining complex ideas in a way that is very understandable.

My favorite aspect is the intellectual integrity. While many others will strawman the ideas of their opponents and look past possible flaws in their own way of thinking, Bob does the opposite. It is really refreshing.

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