What it's about
The Curious Task is a podcast by the Institute for Liberal Studies exploring economics, politics, philosophy, and more from a classical liberal perspective.
The name comes from FA Hayek (one of our favourite economists) who wrote that “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”
Each episode will feature a conversation between host Alex Aragona and a rotating cast of guests as they dive into philosophy, politics, economics, and the application of classical liberal ideas to contemporary issues.
Ep. 29: Jacob Levy — How Should Liberals Think of Civil Society?
February 19, 2020 at 5:00 am
Jacob Levy speaks with Alex about how liberals should approach the ideas of freedom of association and civil society, and what that means for the way groups interact with other groups and the state.
Ep 28: Vincent Geloso — Should We Care About Inequality?
February 12, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with economist Vincent Geloso about whether we should care about inequality, and how we should approach measuring and understanding it.
Ep. 27: Trevor Burrus — How Has The Drug War Failed?
February 5, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Trevor Burrus as he explores the many ways the drug war has failed drug addicts and society.
Ep. 26: Kevin Vallier — Must Politics Be War?
January 29, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Kevin Vallier about conflicts in politics and how ideology aggravates them, and whether liberal institutions can help us trust each other more.
Ep. 25: Glenn Fox — Is Free Market Environmentalism an Oxymoron?
January 22, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Glenn fox as he explores whether environmentalism from a free market perspective creates a contradiction.