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The Human Action Podcast

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The Human Action Podcast features in-depth interviews on current topics in economics through an Austro-libertarian lens.



Latest Episodes

  • Man, Economy, and State: Monopoly with Dr. Walter Block
    August 14, 2020 at 1:00 am

    When Murray Rothbard wrote Man, Economy, and State in the 1950s, monopoly theory was a mess. Even Mises did not have a full understanding of where neoclassical economics went wrong in diagnosing "market failure." But in Chapter 10 of his great treatise, Rothbard demolished the myths surrounding monopolies and cartels. His friend Dr. Walter Block joins the show to discuss Rothbard's breakthroughs […]

  • Man, Economy, and State: Entrepreneurship and Change
    August 1, 2020 at 1:00 am

    The Human Action podcast with Jeff Deist continues tracking Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State, this time focusing on the role of entrepreneurs in the production process (Chapter 8). Hunter Hastings joins the show with great insights into the social benefits of profit vs. interest, entrepreneurial risk, progressing and retrogressing economies, and the bunkum known as the "Paradox of Saving." […]

  • Man, Economy, and State: Interest Rates
    July 24, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Kristoffer Hansen joins the show to discuss everything about interest rates, as detailed by Rothbard in Chapter 6 of Man, Economy, and State. Hansen and Jeff Deist cover the "pure" rate of interest, expressed via time preference, and why the temporal nature of production helps us understand the premium for present goods relative to future goods. Far from exploiting workers or borrowers, […]

  • Man, Economy, and State with Shawn Ritenour
    July 17, 2020 at 1:00 am

    AOC and Paul Krugman are wrong: we can't just pay people money to stay home and expect "stuff" to materialize around us. This show explains why—as we cover Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State Chapter 5, "Production: The Structure," with our great friend Dr. Shawn Ritenour from Grove City College.  Don't miss a great discussion of that critical missing link in mainstream […]

  • Man, Economy, and State: Exchange and Prices
    July 10, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Professor Jonathan Newman joins the show to discuss exchange and prices through the lens of Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State (chapters 2–4). This is vintage Rothbard: precise definitions; hardcore explanations of property, prices, and exchange; the problems of "hegemonic" state violence;  and a "beautiful" (per Dr. Newman) conception of social cooperation. Menger and Mises are […]

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