American prosperity was built on a foundation of free markets and free people. But, with inflation on the rise and a struggling market, many in America’s political class are attempting to recycle failed socialist ideas and calling for government intervention in nearly every aspect of American life. In this National Review Capital Matters podcast, presented by the National Review Institute, financier David Bahnsen hosts interviews with the nation’s top business leaders, entrepreneurs, and financial commentators. Tune in to hear guests such as Larry Kudlow, Steve Forbes, and Art Laffer present a practical and moral vindication of America’s capitalist way of life.
Episode 137: Biden, Oil, the SPR, and You
David is joined by five-time CR guest Sam Rines, the first to earn the special jacket, for a really deep and informative dive into oil prices, their causes and effects, their economic impact, and so much more related to the U.S. energy story.
Episode 136: Bold Experimentation Should Be No Deal: A Conversation with Amity Shlaes
David is joined this week by economic historian Amity Shlaes for a discussion on her new project, "New Deal Rebels," an anthology of anti-New-Deal writings done during the actual New Deal. Defenders of free enterprise and a constitutional republic would be wise to understand the era that seemed to deeply transform the state’s relationship to the economy in American life. Many will find the connections to challenges and conversations of today eerie. If you are more inclined to federalism and market prosperity than you are to the “appeal to vanity” that is New-Deal thinking, this is a podcast episode for you!
Episode 135: Bidenomics Unwrapped
From the jobs market to inflation to wages to energy, David has a lot to say about Bidenomics. Good, bad, ugly, and bizarre, you’ll get it all in this episode.
Episode 134: Two Businessmen Jump on a Zoom
David is joined this week by the former president of Marsh Advisory, Michael Poulos, for a trip around the horn, discussing the Covid impact on the economy (and public trust), the right defense of a market economy, and the challenges underlying the current state of affairs that often get missed. There is something for everybody here -- from theology to economics to politics -- and the takeaways may surprise you.
Episode 133: Human Beings: The Ultimate Resource
David is joined this week by well-known pundit and conservative thought leader, Stephen Moore. They talk about economic growth, antitrust fallacies, right-sized monetary policy, and the three pieces of advice Steve has for the 2024 presidential candidates. It is a thought-provoking talk and not one you will want to miss!
Episode 132: Plundered by Ignorance, Envy, and Dishonesty
David takes on Gretchen Morgenson’s horrific new book, "These Are the Plunderers," an embarrassing assault on private equity (though now published thanks to private equity, hysterically enough). Understanding the innovation of private equity and its net benefit to society is facilitated by some general understanding of financial vocabulary, a deeper appreciation for private property and the rule of law, and, of course, the adoption of first principles that embrace risk and always ask the question, “Compared to what?”
Capital Record is always a must listen to podcast for me. I have always found David’s commentary and guest interesting, thought provoking, and well worth my time. It’s an excellent podcast that I highly recommended!
Really enjoyed Episode 129, The Markets are not good at self-promotion. Thank you for explaining things, Austrian Economics, Keynesian Economics, better for me.
Sharp, clear, timely