Daniel Klein, professor of economics at George Mason University and expert on Adam Smith, talks to us about Smith’s definition of justice. There are three types of justice: commutative, distributive, and estimative. Today we break down the differences between each and their applications in government and private life.

Walter Olson is the author of several books and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Today, we talk about the 2020 election and the increasing fears of election fraud. He talks to us about the different types of election fraud, the actual reality of election fraud, and voter suppression.

Inflation is always around, but it has been particularly worrisome recently. A startling departure from the United States’ usual average of about 2% inflation, we faced 8.5% in the month of April. Where does inflation come from? What regulatory bodies aim to deal with inflation? How do they do it? Does it work?

Today, Thomas Hoenig talks to us and answers all these questions and more, including his personal experience as President of the Kansas City Federal Reserve and on the Federal Open Market Committee. He is currently a distinguished senior fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Arnold Kling is an economist and the author of the book The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across Political Divides. His substack, In My Tribe, explores many areas of economics and policy. Today, he talks to us about the divide in politics, explaining the need for his book and giving current examples. We explore affective polarization and the rise of polarization generally.

Randy Simmons is the author of Beyond Politics and the director of the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University. Today, we talk about the field of public choice economics or, as economist James Buchanan calls it, “politics without romance”. What exactly is Beyond Politics? What is a market failure? What is a government failure? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more.

Jay Bhattacharya is a professor of medicine at Stanford University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration. Today we talk about the United States’s response to COVID-19 and the silencing of dissenting voices in the scientific community in the time of this national emergency.

Philip Klein, author of two books and editor of National Review Online, talks to us today about the unprecedented move by Florida governor Ron DeSantis and the legislature to revoke Disney’s special district status. We explore what special district status is, why this happened, what this means for conservatives (and the birth of fight club conservatives), and whether this is a threat to free speech.

Henry Clark, professor and program director of the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth College, talks to us today about the French and Scottish enlightenments. We talk about intellectuals who influenced Adam Smith and their influence on him, and discuss Smith’s originality.

Kenneth Elzinga, Robert C Taylor Professor of Economics at UVA , author, and antitrust
expert,  talks to us today about teaching economics, the importance of Christianity to his life and profession, and his work with antitrust.

Chris Coyne is an economics professor at George Mason University and the author of several books, including Manufacturing Militarism: US Government Propaganda in the War on Terror, coauthored with Abigail Hall. Today we talk about the US war on terror, propaganda, and its implications for free society.

Jason Brennan, professor of business ethics at Georgetown University and author of many, many books, talks to us today about the book he coauthored with Chris Surprenant,  Injustice for All: How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the US Criminal Justice System, and the distorting incentives in all areas of the criminal justice system.

Josh Rauh, professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at Hoover Institution, talks to us today about his career journey, what public pensions are, the public pension crisis, and more.

Lauren Hall is professor and chair of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology and a prolific author. Her most recent book, The Medicalization of Birth and Death, was published in 2019.

She joins host Juliette Selgren to talk about the medicalization of birth in recent history; the role of hospitals, regulation, and liability; and young people’s lack of appreciation for complexity.

James Otteson is a business ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame and author of several books, including What Adam Smith Knew.  He talks to us about Adam Smith, his life, ideas, and notable works. Also, I recently moved to Liberty Fund’s https://www.adamsmithworks.org/ , go check it out!

Abby Hall is an associate professor in economics at Bellarmine University and co-author of many books on defense in America with Chris Coyne. Their latest book is called Manufacturing Militarism: US Government Propaganda in the War on Terror. Today we talk about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, a.k.a military drones), including the history of their use and the many consequences that come along with them.