Russ Roberts

February 2018

A Monthly Archive (8 entries)
 

Podcast episode Elizabeth Anderson on Worker Rights and Private Government

EconTalk Episode with Elizabeth Anderson
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Private%20Govt.png Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson of the University of Michigan and author of Private Government talks about her book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Anderson argues that employers have excessive power over employees that we would never accept from government authority. Topics discussed include the role of competition in potentially mitigating employer control, whether some worker rights should be inviolate, potential measures for empowering employees, and the costs and benefits over time of a relatively unregulated labor market.

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by Alice Temnick

Is it a relief to know that there is a shared belief in life as tragic, troubled, and full of misery? Would a plan for engaging in meaningful conversation, feeling significant and taking responsibility relieve us from an anxious and miserable state?

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Jordan Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life, talks about the book and his lectures with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Aggregating the psychological wisdom of the 20th century, this clinical psychologist aims to help improve lives through deep and practical advice about daily choices. Rejecting a goal of happiness, Roberts and Peterson explore topics of parenting, activism, university education shortcomings, and more through recognizing and harnessing the power of the darker side of life.

1. Peterson likens his current phenomenon on YouTube and best-selling Amazon author status as 'surfing a hundred foot wave'. He acknowledges that fame is fragile and can change instantly, that the price of making a mistake is high. Is this more prominent in today's social media-entrenched culture? What examples can you provide to support or refute this?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Extras



Podcast episode Jordan Peterson on 12 Rules for Life

EconTalk Episode with Jordan Peterson
Hosted by Russ Roberts

12%20Rules%20for%20Life.jpg Jordan Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life, talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Topics covered include parenting, conversation, the role of literature in everyday life, and the relationship between sacrificial rites and trade.

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Learning How (Not?) to Learn

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

by Alice Temnick

What does the "sheepskin effect" tell us about earning a college degree? Does a college education buy more than a Grade A premium employee stamp?

sheepskin.jpg Bryan Caplan discusses human capital, the ability bias, and the particular importance of signaling as the reason for the greater earnings of college graduates as compared to high school graduates. In questioning the difficulty of measuring the value of a college education, host Russ Roberts steers this week's conversation toward how we learn, some of the shortcomings of K-12 and college education, and how we apply what we learn in practical settings.

1. Given the value of signalling and the findings of the sheepskin effect, to what extent is a college education a waste of time and/or money? What other factors, such as the acquisition of the first post-college job in one's desired field, to their eventual career trajectory?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Education , Extras



Podcast episode Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education

EconTalk Episode with Bryan Caplan
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Case%20Against%20Ed.jpg Bryan Caplan of George Mason University and the author of The Case Against Education talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Caplan argues that very little learning takes place in formal education and that very little of the return to college comes from skills or knowledge that is acquired in the classroom. Schooling, he concludes, as it is currently conducted is mostly a waste of time and money. Caplan bring a great deal of evidence to support his dramatic claim and much of the conversation focuses on the challenge of measuring and observing what students actually learn.

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Modernity Under Attack?

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

by Alice Temnick

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In this week's episode, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay discuss the threat to modernity, the increasing polarization of society and associated break-down in discourse as a global phenomenon. Host Russ Roberts probes with questions about the pre-modern and post-modern extremists and the challenges faced by the spectrum that makes up the middle. Where do you fall on the political spectrum? How do you see modernity's influence on human flourishing?

1. The Oxford English Dictionary defines manifesto as a public declaration of policy and aims. Is the authors' support of modernity an anti-authoritarian claim against the political far-left and/or far-right? Is it a call for moderates from across the political spectrum to come together? To what extent is collective action a concern to Pluckrose and Lindsay?

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CATEGORIES: Extras



Podcast episode Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay on the Enemies of Modernity

EconTalk Episode with Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
Hosted by Russ Roberts

choose%20center.jpg Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about their essay on the enemies of modernity. Pluckrose and Lindsay argue that modernity--by which they mean democracy, reason, and individual liberty--is under attack from pre-modern and post-modern ideological enemies. They discuss why modernity is under attack and encourage people on the political left and right to support modernity.

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by Alice Temnick

Burning Man.jpg What does an eight day participatory city with nothing for sale look like? In this week's episode, Marian Goodell, CEO of the Burning Man Project, and EconTalk host and Russ Roberts discuss various aspects of the annual phenomenon event that takes place in the Nevada desert and the global reach of Burning Man's influence.

1. What is the mix of planning and emergent order that enables the annual production of Burning Man? Could an eight day "city" emerge without a central plan? How necessary is cultural acceptance of the rules of the game?

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