Peter_Foster05.jpgThis week on Radio Free Delingpole, author and Financial Post columnist Peter Foster stops by to discuss his new book, Why We Bite the Invisible Hand: The Psychology of Anti-CapitalismRest assured, they also get into climate politics, hole diggers, and even Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. You’ve been warned. 

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    If someone won’t listen to your opposing views, then the best you can do is to leave them with a question or two to mull over on their own. 

    My favorite in regard to capitalism and welfare is this: Before modern welfare entitlement systems like Social Security and Medicare, did we just ignore people in need of food and shelter and medicine? Were your great grandparents (and all of your ancestors back to the beginning) heartless jerks? Or is it possible that they helped each other in ways beyond tax-based government programs?

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    • May 27, 2014, at 2:50 PM PDT
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  2. Belt Member

    n.b. Jane Austin wrote Sense and Sensibility

    And it looks like someone corrected the post already.

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    • May 27, 2014, at 4:08 PM PDT
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  3. Israel P. Inactive

    Helping people is a good thing, when done voluntarily by individuals or communities. If James and Foster think otherwise, they are wrong.

    What is a bad thing is assigning the government the job of helping people, in a way that turns it all into an entitlement.

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    • May 28, 2014, at 3:37 AM PDT
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  4. Peabody Here Member

    Brilliant podcast. I loved the line about how we are blessed to live in a time where the demand for [fill in the blank]-ists exceeds the supply. I’m going to use that.

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    • May 28, 2014, at 8:31 AM PDT
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  5. thebeekeeperkissedme Inactive

    Excellent discussion about evolutionary psychology and our possible preponderance for collectivism. What’s that tune?
    Oh my, too soon guys.

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    • May 28, 2014, at 10:36 AM PDT
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  6. James Delingpole Contributor
    James Delingpole

    @Israel P “Helping people is a good thing, when done voluntarily by individuals or communities. If James and Foster think otherwise, they are wrong.”

    You could also have written: “Poking the eyes out of small, cute kittens is cruel and unpleasant. If James and Foster think otherwise, they are wrong.”

    Or: “Helping blind people across the road is a good thing, provided they need the help and the road is not busy at the time. If James and Foster think otherwise, they are wrong.”

    See what I just did there? It’s what you just did.

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    • May 28, 2014, at 1:10 PM PDT
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  7. MisterSirius Member


    What’s that tune? Oh my, too soon guys.

     Beat me to it. <sigh>

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    • May 28, 2014, at 6:42 PM PDT
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  8. Profile Photo Member

    Fantastic podcast and thanks for the Canadian newspaper insight. National post is my favourite paper and has the most interesting writers. Yes, James, they write very well about environmental issues and have the guts to write free market, conservative articles. James, I so enjoy your guests. Well done.

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    • May 28, 2014, at 7:31 PM PDT
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  9. Bozobit Inactive

    Very good podcast, but I have to say I’m with James when he despairs that they will ever listen. They appear to be blinded by the fog of their own self-righteousness. Sigh.

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    • May 31, 2014, at 11:12 PM PDT
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  10. Bozobit Inactive

    Hole diggers reminds me of this great story… 

    At one of our dinners, Milton recalled traveling to an Asian country in the 1960s and visiting a worksite where a new canal was being built. He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.” To which Milton replied: “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.”

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    • June 4, 2014, at 4:24 AM PDT
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