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. 54: Dan Griswold — Can You Win a Trade War?
August 12, 2020 at 6:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Dan Griswold as he explores the benefits of open markets and free trade, and whether you can "win" a trade war.
Ep. 53: Kerry McDonald — Do We Need Schooling Alternatives?
August 5, 2020 at 6:00 am
Author of 'Unschooled' Kerry McDonald joins Alex Aragona to talk about how choice in education can allow children to lead happier and more fulfilled lives, and the positive impacts of taking education outside the conventional classroom.
Ep. 52: Nimish Adhia — Did Bollywood Liberalize India?
July 29, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Nimish Adhia as he explores how Bollywood films traced cultural changes in India, and how the films themselves directly affect social attitudes.
Ep. 51: Malcolm Lavoie — Why Are Property Rights So Important?
July 22, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Malcolm Lavoie about the importance of property rights to decentralization and the use of resources, and discusses how FA Hayek's work plays a part in understanding this connection.
Ep. 50: Linda Kavuka — How Do Free Markets Help Africa?
July 15, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Linda Kavuka as she explores why it's so important to rediscover Africa's free-market past, and how the ideas surrounding free markets can help remedy the problems facing many African countries.