Episode Notes (Episodes 1 to 74)

August 12, 2020

Here are references from past episodes of The Curious Task Podcast!

References from Episode 74 with Sabine El-Chidiac and Matt Bufton

  • Matt mentions the 1992 Los Angeles riots stemming from the police brutality against Rodney King. An article on these incidents can be found on National Public Radio’s website at this link
  • You can learn more about the international movement to defund the police here
  • Matt briefly talks about polls coming from the United States on whether parents would mind their children marrying across party lines. One such poll was conducted by YouGov and can be accessed here
  • You can register for Stephen Davies’ upcoming online lecture with the Institute for Liberal Studies (Friday, January 15 at 12:00 PM) here! If you need a refresher on Steve Davies’ episode with The Curious Task, consider giving it a relisten at this link
  • Sabine reference’s Steve Horowitz’s book Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions as well as a previous Curious Task episode with him (titles hyperlinked).
  • Matt notes that fusionism was at its peak during the Reagan era. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has an article recounting the relationship between Reagan and libertarians in this article.   
  • Mises Wire has an article about Murray Rothbard and War and his effort to unite anti-Vietnam war sentiment in the United States. This work is available for viewing here
  • Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine design occurred over two days and can be read in detail in this article by Business Insider
  • If you are interested in Maude Barlow’s criticisms of economic globalization and trade, visit this page on The Council of Canadians’ website that recaps Barlow’s interview with CBC Radio.To delve deeper into the discussions on educational alternatives and belief in experts, Episode 53 and Episode 65 of The Curious Task provides a holistic overview.
  • The Curious Task in Review: Our Producers’ Favourite Episodes From 2020! 

References from Episode 73 with Mike Tanner

  • Mike Tanner is the author of Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Leviathan on the Right: How the Rise of Big Government Conservatism Threatens Our Freedom and Our Future, and The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor. All titles are hyperlinked and available for purchase on Amazon Canada.
  • You can read more about the United States’ government spending on anti-poverty policies and programs at the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions website here.  
  • Mike likens the final step of self-actualization in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the policy goal of self-sufficiency for welfare programs. An explanation of the Hierarchy can be accessed here in a study by Robert J. Taormina and Jennifer H. Gao. 
  • Articles by the Cato Institute and the Foundation for Economic Education discuss how poverty traps are a fixture of the welfare system (organizations hyperlinked).  
  • Here is a study by Elaine Maag, C. Eugene Steuerle, Ritadhi Chakravarti, and Caleb Quakenbush on how marginal tax rates are at a high point for those who leave welfare and take their first job. 
  • Mike references a poll conducted by the Cato Institute on whether the government should prioritize welfare spending or economic growth, which can be found at this link
  • This article by the Foundation for Economic Education on the Davis-Bacon Act features Walter Williams’ congressional opinion on the union labour as well as Miles Allgood’s sponsorship of Act, both of which were quoted in the podcast. 
  • Mike looks to William Julius Wilson’s theory on “marrigiablility” and how that may be impacted by criminal convictions. This theory was developed in his work, The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy, and is available for purchase on Amazon Canada here
  • Here is an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into the Ferguson Police Department following the murder of Michael Brown. The report investigates topics Mike touches on in the podcast, including how fines from parking violations can be a large source of revenue for the police.
  • Here is the Wikipedia article on the murder of Eric Garner that was mentioned by Mike during the episode.
  • Here is a link to an education watchdog’s cross-sectional study of the mathematical and reading proficiencies of students hailing from different neighbourhoods in Oakland that Mike mentions briefly this episode. 
  • To complement Mike’s discussion on zoning, The Local Government Commission released a report on single-family zoning and affordable housing supply in California and can be accessed through this link. A local news release on Former Labour Secretary Robert Reich’s preventative housing development efforts in Berkeley can be found here.
  • Here is an entry by Dean Karlan, Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, and Jonathan Zinman in The Review of Income and Wealth on how inaccessible banking may be a barrier to reducing poverty. 

References from Episode 72 with Janet Bufton

  • Janet Bufton manages the Liberal Studies Guides project and is a consultant at Adam Smith Works, whose websites have been hyperlinked.
  • You can read more about Adam Smith’s thoughts on a system of natural liberty, the rules of commercial society, and the decisions people make at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy at this link.
  • Follow this link to learn more about the non-aggression principle as libertarian philosophy.
  • In the podcast, Janet mentions Adam Smith’s caution against business people who can turn economic power into political power to harm consumers. His argument against monopolies was summarized by Heinz D. Kurz in the article, Adam Smith on markets, competition, and violations of natural liberty, available here.
  • Alex and Janet discuss how Milton Friedman identified differently overtime: early into his career he described himself as a neoliberal, which is evident in his essay, Neo-Liberalism and its Prospects, (The Curious Task also dedicated Episode 60 with Eric Schliesser to discussing neoliberalism) and later as a “liberal without adjectives” on The Donahue Show, and towards the end of life, he advocates for consequentialist freedom (all references hyperlinked).
  • Like Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard strongly identified as a libertarian (as evident in his work, For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, which can be accessed at this link) but along with Rockwell was a pioneer of the paleo-libertarianism movement which aimed to unite traditional conservatives. Its origin story first featured in Rothbard’s essay, Right-Wing Populism: A Strategy for the Paleo Movement, which available for reading at this link.
  • Here is the Wikipedia article for Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign, where he ran with the Republican Party on principles such as anti-war but economic freedom.
  • Robert Nozick coined the term “nightwatchman state” in his work, Anarchy, State, and Utopia, which can be purchased on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • The Freeman was a libertarian magazine by the Foundation for Economic Education that was consulted by Ronald Reagan. Archives of the magazine can be accessed on the FEE’s website at this link.
  • This link will direct you to a historical run-down of fusionism by Libertarianism.org.
  • Janet references Steve Davies’s appearance to discuss the pandemic on Episode 45 of The Curious Task. If you would like a refresher on the topics covered in that episode, here is the link.
  • More readings on cosmopolitanism are available at this link.

References from The Curious Task Episode 71 with David Skarbek

  • You can purchase The Puzzle of Prison Order by David Skarbek He looks specifically at the American prison system in his earlier book The Social Order of the Underworld, which is available for purchase here.

References from Episode 70 with Mustafa Akyol

  • Mustafa Akyol is the author of Rethinking the Kurdish Question: What Went Wrong, What Next? (Turkish), Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty, The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims, and his book set for release in April 2021, Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance (all available titles hyperlinked to Amazon Canada store pages).
  • You can read Mustafa’s articles featured on his profile on the CATO Institute’s website at this link.
  • The concluding segment of this podcast was dedicated to discussing Mustafa’s findings in his study, Freedom in the Muslim World, which was published on the Cato Institute’s website and is available for reading here.
  • Mustafa quotes the observation that Islam had compatible socio-legal setups for embracing liberal society early on had it abided by its foundational teachings from Professor David Forte’s article, Islam’s Trajectory. This article can be read on the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s website at this link.
  • One of the themes in his upcoming book, Reopening Muslim Minds, Mustafa cites Ash’arism as one of the theological paradigms predating modernity which gave rise to the insularity in Islamic philosophy towards thoughts not originating from revelation. The journal Studia Islamica has an article recounting the religious history of Ash’arism and can be accessed at this link through an active JSTOR account.
  • Mustafa briefly mentions the Euthyphro Dilemma (Wikipedia), Divine Command Theory (Michael W. Austin, Eastern Kentucky University), and Ethical Objectivism (Oxford Reference) whilst discussing the different camps in Islamic thought. More can be read about these topics through their respective hyperlinks.
  • You can read more about philosopher John Locke’s premises on toleration of religion and heresy here (A Letter Concerning Toleration courtesy of McMaster University), as well as his view on the separation of church and state at this link (Liberty Fund).
  • While literature on Islamic liberalism is vast, a good place to start is this article titled What Is Liberal Islam?: The Sources of Enlightend Muslim Thought featured in the Journal of Democracy at this link.
  • This article on Deutsche Welle summarizes the domestic and international tensions stemming from the cartoons of religious caricatures that were published in France.
  • Mustafa quotes Daniel Philpott’s book, Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World (available on Amazon Canada), about how Islam “had seeds of freedom, but those seeds need to be cultivated.”
  • You can read the excerpt where the French jurist, Jean Bodin, commended the religious freedom of the Ottoman empire compared to the denominational violence amongst Christians in Europe in Daniel Goffman’s book, The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe here.
  • Here are Wikipedia articles to the controversy of Islamic scarfs in France, policing over the burkini, and Saudi Arabia’s legislation on public head coverings for women.

References from Episode 69 with Kevin Vallier

  • Kevin Vallier is the author of Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation, Must Politics Be War?: Restoring Our Trust in Open Society, and Trust in a Polarized Age, which is the basis of this episode’s discussion. All books are available on Amazon Canada (titles hyperlinked).
  • Kevin talks about the two empirical literature camps on social trust: one is the economics, lab-based games of trust; the second is macro-survey data provided by institutions such as the World Values Survey, the General Social Survey, the American National Election Studies, and barometers (Afrobarometer, Eurobarometer). All names are hyperlinked.
  • This is a link to the Corporate Finance Institute’s overview of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
  • Kevin briefly mentions the Georgia Secretary of State’s certification of the election outcome disputing voter fraud. A report of the Secretary of State’s statements can be read here.
  • Here is a brief overview of the contact hypothesis by the American Psychological Association, which Kevin contrasted to in the podcast with a lack of contract enforcement and the ill-definition of property titles which do not result in economic interactions being trust-building.
  • Kevin discusses legislation such as For the People Act of 2019 as a possible remedy to polarization. This specific Act contained legal rulings on automatic voter registration, delays in joining the private sector, and divestment requirements. It is available for reading on the United States’ Congress website at this link.

References from Episode 68 with Sabine El Chidiac

  • You can find Sabine's work on this topic mentioned in the podcast at Police Options here
  • The Government of Canada’s website contains a list of all the programs under which economic immigrants are admitted into Canada.
  • Here is some more information about the express entry pathway.
  • As Sabine noted in the podcast, admission under the Provincial Nominee Program is dependent upon what the destination province deems to be their biggest occupational and employment goals and needs. This link provides a brief overview of the program and hyperlinks to province-specific guidelines.
  • You can read more about the UNHCR’s Refugee Status Designation process on their website here, as well as their procedural standards here.
  • This is the link to the Government of Canada’s guide to the private refugee sponsorship process.
  • Sabine mentioned the work of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto to accommodate and build a community for refugees by performing fundraisers and food drives amongst the parishioners. You can read their mission statement on their website.
  • Sabine’s article, The success of the privately sponsored refugee system, discusses some of the themes from this podcast, such as the principle of civil society, and is available for reading on Policy Options.
  • Here is a link to the Rapid Impact Evaluation of the Syrian Refugee Initiative developed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (2016. It compares the outcomes, living standards, and satisfaction of government and privately sponsored Syrian refugees between 2015-2016.
  • This is a link to the joint statement to the UN General Assembly by the Ministers of Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, Spain, and New Zealand speaking in favour of community-led sponsorship approaches that Alex briefly mentions on the podcast.
  • Here is a link to the official PSR cap published by the Government of Canada. Some examples of the lobbying against PSR caps include the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association.
  • Alex and Sabine discuss Danby Appliances’ CEO Jim Estill’s sponsorship and hiring of over fifty refugee families in Guelph, Ontario. You can read more about this in the article linked here.
  • On the podcast, Sabine shares the inspiring story coming out of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia with regards to how the refugees who were once sponsored to the area eventually became systems of support for new incoming refugees. You can follow the community work for refugees in Haida Gwaii through one of their local newspaper’s website.


References from Episode 67 with Tom Palmer

  • Tom Palmer’s book, Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice can be purchased on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Tom has additionally wrote and/or edited the following works:
    The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won't Tell You (link)
    After the Welfare State (link)
    Why Liberty (link)
    Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (link)
    Peace, Love, and Liberty - the basis of this episode from which many of quotes, interview references, and military case studies were selected (link)
    Dignity and Democracy with co-author Matt Warner (publication coming out next year)
  • Erik Gartzke found that trading countries are less likely to war in his article, The Capitalist Peace, which is available online.
  • Tom’s Interview with a Businessman for Peace with Chris Rufer on peacemaking in business and trade, appears in Chapter 4 of Peace, Love, and Liberty.
  • Frédéric Bastiat’s was an economist and peace advocate who argued the costs of long-term consumption from tax-produced weaponry in his book, That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen, which can be read on the Mises Institute’s website.  
  • Robert Higgs’ article, Wartime Prosperity? A Reassessment of the U.S. Economy in the 1940s, (featured in The Journal of Economic History) clarified how productive efforts in jeeps and vans shipped to other countries do not constitute economic benefit due to the lack of private vehicle production. This article can be accessed here through an active JSTOR account or your educational institution.
  • Tom’s essay, Peace is a Choice, presents a case study on political science professor and former US government official Madeline Albright and her view of the exemplary nation and how professors have a tendency to think about wars differently than those who have witnessed them. This is a chapter in Peace, Love, and Liberty.
  • A transcript of Colin Powell’s infamous 2003 speech to the United Nations on the disarmament of Iraq which touches on themes of human lives and consequence can be read on The Washington Post archives.
  • Tom’s recommended two German novels of the Great War to enrich an understanding of war from different perspectives on anguish and glory, respectively: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich M. Remarque (link) and Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger (link).
  • Parker Thomas Moon’s book, Imperialism and World Politics, highlights the devaluation of important political science questions when personal pronouns are employed during conflict. This book is available on Google Books at this link.
  • Joshua Greene’s book discussing our psychological propensities to cooperate and designate teams to destroy other groups, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them is available on Amazon Canada for purchase here.
  • Robert Musil’s book, The Man Without Qualities, explores how a nation exists to offset responsibilities without remorse and is available for purchase on Amazon at this link.
  • Samuel P. Huntington’s study, The Clash of Civilizations?, noting how much territory is under military control can be viewed at this link through an active JSTOR or partner institution account.
  • Tom cites Carl Schmitt and his theory on the irreconcilibity of conflicts as a foundation for solidarity in the podcast. An overview of Schmitt’s essential works was published by John P. McCormick from the University of Chicago in the Annual Review of Political Science at this link.
  • Chapter Five of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, covering the types of friendships human beings can have, was briefly mentioned on the podcast and can be read at this link courtesy of McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Ernesto Laclau emphasizes the importance of identifying the enemy for successful populist rhetoric in his book, On Populist Reason, available on Amazon Canada here.
  • George Orwell’s essay on how language can be operationalized to “obscure pure violence,” Politics and the English Language, can be accessed online at this link.

References from Episode 66 with Virginia Postrel

References from Episode 65 with Eric Merkley

  • Eric has a list of his publications on his website
  • Alex references the following excerpts from Eric’s article “Anti-Intellectualism, Populism, and Motivated Resistance to Expert Consensus,” which can be accessed through an active account with Oxford Academic or your Institution at this link:
    “… anti-intellectualism, the generalized mistrust and suspicion of intellectuals and experts...”
    “Populism and anti-intellectualism have a complex relationship. They are connected to one another, but the latter should not be seen as a component of the former.”
  • Alex also references the following excerpts from Eric’s article “Are Experts (News)Worthy? Balance, Conflict, and Mass Media Coverage of Expert Consensus,” which can be accessed through an active account with Taylor and Francis Online or your Institution at this link:
    “The fault for sharply diverging opinions between experts and the public may not entirely rest with citizens, however. Scholars must also be attentive to the political information environment – the information space used by citizens to learn about political issues – of which the news media is a critical part.”
    “News coverage of expert consensus on general matters of policy is likely limited as a result of journalists’ emphasis in news production on novelty and drama at the expense of thematic context.”
  • Bill Clinton’s speech on American protectionism from the Washington Boeing Hangar is available for viewing on Youtube here
  • More contextual information on the top-down model of attitude formation is available from this study published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health or this article by Ryan M. Stolier and Jonathan B. Freeman.
  • Martin A. Nie published an article on Bill Clinton and Al Gore’s relationship to the environment for Presidential Studies Quarterly, which can be accessed with an active JSTOR account here.
  • You can read Eric’s article, “The causes and consequences of COVID-19 misperceptions: understanding the role of news and social media,” that was featured on the Harvard Kennedy School’s Misinformation Review at this link. It discusses how social media is more responsible for misinformation than newsmedia (infodemic).

References from Episode 64 with Bart Wilson

  • You can purchase Bart Wilson’s book, The Property Species: Mine, Yours, and The Human Mind on Amazon Canada.
  • Bart referenced a study by linguists Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka on the conceptual semantics of possession found in every language, which may be accessed through ScienceDirect at this link.
  • The full Bing episode, Not Yours, which demonstrates the morality of possession within children is available for viewing on Youtube.
  • Bart’s laboratory study, “Exchange and Specialization as a Discovery Process,” was co-authored with Sean Crockett and Vernon L. Smith and appeared in volume 119, issue 539 of The Economic Journal (2009). You can access an e-version of the article through Wiley Online Library.
  • In the podcast, Bart draws upon the whaling norms in the absence of formal sea jurisdictions featured in Robert C. Ellickson’s publication, Order without Law, and additionally informed one of his experiments’ testing for the rules of competition. Order without Law is available for purchase from the Harvard University Press’ website.
  • A PDF copy of The Case of the Swans that was briefly mentioned by Bart and contains the concept of “hath property in” is available for viewing on CommonLII here
  • You can purchase the Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans study, The Semantics of English Propositions, from which Bart illustrates the lingual relationship between physical objects and functionality in the podcast directly from the publisher’s website

References from Episode 62 with Cara Zwibel

  • This is the website for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
  • The Government of Canada has sector and industry-specific guidelines in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, which may be reviewed here.
  • You can refresh yourself on the articles of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the Canada Justice Laws Website.
  • You can read about the Government of Canada’s travel restrictions and position on face coverings (Note: provinces and territories may have varying mandatory rules on face coverings).
  • Provincial and territorial travel restrictions may be accessed through this official masterlist.
  • Taylor v. Her Majesty the Queen, 2020 NLSC 125 is the Newfoundland Court challenge pursued by the CCLA.
  • The transcript of Cara’s interview with The Halifax Examiner can be read here.
  • This is the CCLA’s letter to the Correctional Service of Canada outlining their concerns “regarding the health and well-being of the inmates and staff in Canada’s federal correctional institutions.”
  • A link to the CCLA’s press release on their mission to support Toronto’s homeless population can be accessed here

References from Episode 61 with Bryan Caplan

  • You can purchase Bryan Caplan’s New York Times best-seller, The Myth of the Rational Voter from Amazon Canada at this link. His other publications include Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids (book), The Case Against Education (the book upon which this episode was based), and Open Borders (graphic novel). 
  • This is an outline of Bryan’s upcoming work on Poverty: Who to Blame.
  • You can refer to a breakdown of Bryan’s study of the Economic Models of Education, where he operationalizes his definition of “human capital purism” here.
  • Bryan builds off of Michael Spence’s work on signaling. One of Michael’s publications, Signaling in Retrospect and the Informational Structure of Markets, can be accessed with an active JSTOR account.
  • Bryan briefly uses the term Catch-22 that was coined by Joseph Heller’s novel of the same name, which can be purchased through Amazon Canada.
  • There is a reference to the Indian caste system when Bryan was comparing the inclinations of degree-bearers to marry those who have a degree at a similar level. A thorough study of the sociopolitics of identity and status under the Indian caste system may be read here
  • While discussing how to discipline thinking about the intelligent life in the universe, Bryan references the Drake Equation whose analysis by Leonor Sierra (University of Rochester) can be reviewed on NASA’s website.
  • The Corporate Finance Institute published a rundown on the meaning of “austerity,” which can be read here.
  • You can watch The Pianist, which Bryan references while forecasting relevancies in employer consideration, on Amazon Prime.

References from episode 60 with Eric Schliesser

  • Here is a list of Eric Schliesser’s publications.
  • Dr. Karen Horn and Dr. Stefan Kolev’s joint work, entitled Economic Thinking, has a German version available for purchase on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Walter Lippmann’s book, The Good Society, which went on to become an international hit as for “its insight of neoliberalism as the intellectual status quo in the 19th century” can be purchased on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Marxist Scholar David Harvey’s book, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, where he equated neoliberalism “to everything he hated about capitalism” is available on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Mishel Foucault’s lecture series where he traced the history of neoliberalism from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries was published as The Birth of Biopolitics, which can be purchased on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Mark Buchanan’s article Wealth Happens analyzes the the “butchers and bakers” quote that was mentioned in passing by Alex Aragona at this online publishing from The Harvard Business Review.
  • Milton Friedman’s article, Laws That Do Harm, is available for viewing at the Center of the American Experiment’s blog, which features the quote to “judge public policies by their results, not their intentions.”
  • According to Eric Schliesser, the harm principle is a core liberal value and can be extended to markets. You can read about the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s lesson on John Stuart Mill’s version of the harm principle (Chapter 3.6) here.
  • You can read Milton Friedman’s The Basic Principles of Liberalism here.
  • You can watch Milton Friedman speak about the enemies of markets on the American Enterprise Institute’s website at this link.
  • The Elgar Companian to the Chicago School of Economics can be purchased directly from the publishers here.
  • Alex Aragona quotes this blogpost, How ‘Neoliberalism’ came to refer to Everything I reject from Digressions&Impressions.

References from Episode 59 with Lynne Kiesling

  • You can buy Lynne Kiesling’s book, Deregulation, Innovation and Market Liberalization: Electricity Regulation in a Continually Evolving Environment, on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • You can read more about Ben Franklin’s famous Kite-in-a-Thunderstorm Experiment that was briefly mentioned by Lynne here.
  • Paul M. Sweezy’s analysis of Schumpeter’s Theory of Innovation may be accessed through an active account with the JSTOR database.
  • Adam Smith’s law of mutually-beneficial commerce and exchange was introduced in his book, The Wealth of Nations, whose Second Part has been summarized in a module by the Cato Institute here. An in-depth explanation of Adam Smith’s benefits of free trade and commercial society may be read here.
  • You can read Israel M. Kirzner’s article on Hayek and the Meaning of Subjectivism here.
References from Episode 53 with Kerry McDonald:
  • You can buy Kerry McDonald’s book, Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom, on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • You can buy Noam Chomsky’s book, Chomsky on Mis-Education, which Alex references in the podcast, on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • You can read more about Timothy Layton’s Harvard study on the mental effects of younger children starting school on the Harvard Gazette here.
  • You can read more about the Vanderbilt study on the correlation between youth suicide attempts and the academic year at this link.
  • You can read more about the Yale research study on the dissatisfaction of children in high school here.
  • You can read Kerry McDonald’s Fee.org article on parents favouring homeschooling in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic here.
References from Episode 52 with Nimish Adhia:
  • You can read Nimish Adhia’s paper “The role of ideological change in India’s economic liberalization”, which is referenced throughout the podcast, at this link
  • You can read more about the Hindi film Mother India (1957) here
  • You can read the Eastern Eye op-ed “Did Bollywood write the script for the Indian economic miracle?” by Raj Persaud at this link
  • Nimish’s Bollywood film recommendations:
      • Upkar (1967), directed by Manoj Kumar
      • Guru (2007), directed and written by Mani Ratnam
References from Episode 51 with Malcolm Lavoie:
  • You can read Malcolm Lavoie’s paper “Property and Local Knowledge”, which is referenced throughout the podcast, at this link.
  • You can read FA Hayek’s essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society” on EconLib here
  • You can purchase FA Hayek’s book, Law, Legislation, and Liberty, on Amazon Canada at this link.
References from Episode 50 with Linda Kavuka:
  • You can read Linda Kavuka’s Telegraph article on Africa and access to the free market referenced in the podcast here
  • You can watch Linda Kavuka’s talk on the impact of colonialism on property rights in Africa, referenced in the podcast here
References from Episode 49 with Fabio Rojas:
  • You can purchase Fabio Rojas’ book, From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline, on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • You can buy Fabio Rojas’ book, Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party After 9/11,  on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • You can purchase Fabio Rojas’ book, Theory for the Working Sociologist, on Amazon Canada here.
  • You can read the transcript of Barack Obama’s 2002 speech against the Iraq War, which Fabio refers to in the podcast, here

References from Episode 48 with Travis Smith:

  • You can purchase Travis Smith’s book Superhero Ethics: 10 Comic Book Heroes; 10 Ways to Save the World; Which One Do We Need Most Now? on Amazon Canada at this link
  • You can watch the trailer for Watchmen, the American superhero drama limited television series Alex mentions in the podcast here.

References from Episode 47 with Illya Somin:

  • You can purchase Illya Somin’s book, Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, on Amazon Canada at this link
  • You can purchase Illya Somin’s book, The Grasping Hand: “Kelo V. City of New London” and the Limits of Eminent Domain, on Amazon Canada at this link
  • You can purchase Illya Somin’s book, Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom, on Amazon Canada at this link

References from Episode 46 with Dennis Rasmussen:

  • You can purchase Dennis Rasmussen’s book, The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought, on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • You can purchase David Hume’s book, A Treatise of Human Nature, on Amazon Canada at this link
  • You can read Adam Smith’s book, A Theory on Moral Sentiments, for free on the Online Library of Liberty at this link.
  • You can purchase David Hume’s book, Dialogue Concerning Natural Religion, on Amazon Canada at this link
  • You can read Adam Smith’s book, The Wealth of Nations, for free on The Library of Economics and Liberty here.
  • You can read David Hume’s essay, Of Refinement in the Arts, for free on The Liberty of Economics and Liberty at this link.
  • You can read Adam Smith’s publication of Letter from Adam Smith, L.L.D. to William Strahan for free on The Liberty of Economics and Liberty here.

References from Episode 45 with Steve Davies:

  • You can purchase Steve Davies’ book, Empiricism and History, at Amazon at this link
  • You can purchase Steve Davies’ book, The Wealth Explosion: The Nature and Origins of Modernity, at Amazon at this link
  • You can purchase Steve Davies’ book, The Economics and Politics of Brexit: The Realignment of British Public Life, at Amazon at this link
  • You can read Steve Davies’ article on What History Teaches Us About the Coronavirus Pandemic here
  • You can read more about Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s argument on news sensationalization that Steve Davies mentions at this link.
  • Steve Davies talks about the Bathtub Fallacy here
  • You can read Steve Davie’s briefing paper on C-19: Redefining the State of Welfare here


References from Episode 44 with Shikha Dalmia:

  • You can read Shikha Dalmia’s original Reason article about this topic at this link

References from Episode 43 with Ben Perrin:

  • You can purchase Ben Perrin’s new book Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis at Amazon Canada at this link
  • You can listen to the episode of The Curious Task that Alex mentioned that features Trevor Burrus at this link

References from Episode 42 with Sarah Skwire:

  • You can check out Adam Smith Works here
  • You can purchase Sarah’s article on Margaret Fell here
  • You can read Sarah Skwire’s article on How the State Became the American Woman’s Real Enemy here
  • Sarah Skwire talks about Round About a Pound a Week here
  • Sarah Skwire talks about Roast Beef, Medium here

References from Episode 41 with Russ Roberts 

  • You can purchase Russ Roberts’ book How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life at Amazon Canada here
  • You can read the Theory of Moral Sentiments for free on the Online Library of Liberty here

References from Episode 40 with Pete Boettke

  • You can purchase Pete Boettke’s book on F.A. Hayek on Amazon Canada here
  • Check out Pete Boettke’s economics blog here

References from Episode 38 with David Clement:

Here are a few articles by David Clement on marijuana legalization

References from Episode 37 with Ray Pennings:

  • You can check out the Canadian Cardus Survey here
  • You can read the U.S. Cardus Education Survey 2018 here
  • You can read the Cardus survey on Who Chooses Ontario Independent Schools and Why here

References from Episode 36 with Jason Brennan:

  • You can purchase Jason Brennan’s book Why Not Capitalism on Amazon Canada here

References from Episode 34 with Matt Bufton:

  • You can read the Atlantic article referenced in the podcast  here
  • You can read more about hand sanitizer regulations being relaxed here
  • Check out more information on the Mercatus COVID-19 Innovation Prizes here

References from Episode 33 with Scott Beyer:

  • You can check out Scott’s website The Market Urbanism Report here
  • You can check out the popular Market Urbanism Report Facebook page here

References from Episode 32 with Jason Sorens:

  • You can purchase Jason Sorens’ book on Secessionism on Amazon Canada  here
  • You can listen to Jason Sorens’ appearance on the Danielle Smith show in Alberta here

References from Episode 31 with Chris Freiman:

  • You can purchase Chris Freiman’s book when it’s out  here
  • You can check out the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog here
  • You can purchase Bryan Caplan’s book ‘The Myth of the Rational Voter’ on Amazon Canada here

References from Episode 30 with Adam Bartha:

  • You can read Adam’s article referenced in this episode here
  • You can read Dr. Steven Davies’ article on The Great Realignment here

References from Episode 29 with Jacob Levy:

  • You can purchase Jacob Levy’s book Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom on Amazon Canada here
  • You can purchase the book Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott, which was mentioned by Jacob on the podcast, at Amazon Canada here

References from Episode 28 with Vincent Geloso:

  • For further reading, you can check out this paper written by Vincent Geloso and Steve Horwitz, one of our other previous podcast guests, here

References from Episode 27 with Trevor Burrus:

  • You can read the article ‘Locked Up and Loaded’ that Alex refers to in this episode that was written by Trevor here

References from Episode 26 with Kevin Vallier:

  • You can purchase Kevin Vallier’s book Must Politics be War here
  • You can purchase the book Polaraization: What Everyone Needs to Know here
  • You can purchase From Politics to the Pews here

References from Episode 25 with Glenn Fox:

  • If you have Sage journal subscription, you can read Glenn Fox’s research on this subject in an article here
  • You can read more about Carl Menger on The Library of Economics and Liberty here

References from Episode 24 with Sandy Ikeda

  • You can read an article from Sandy Ikeda entitled What is a city? on the Market Urbanism website here
  • Alain Bertaud’s book Order without Design that Sandy mentioned on the podcast can be purchased on Amazon Canada here
  • Sandy appears in the documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, you can find it on all online rental platforms, but Canadian who subscribe to Crave can find it here
  • You can purchase a copy of Jane Jacob’s popular book Death and Life of Great American Cities on Amazon Canada here 

References from Episode 23 with Michael Munger

  • You can order Michael Munger’s book Is Capitalism Sustainable on Amazon Canada here
  • You can order his book Tomorrow 3.0 on Amazon Canada here

References from Episode 22 with Matt Bufton

References from Episode 21 with Alex Tabbarok

  • You can watch a video of Alex Tabbarok and Tyler Cowen discuss gift giving here
  • Giving to my Wild Self article can be found here

References from Episode 20 with James Stacey Taylor

  • You can purchase James Stacey Taylor’s book Stakes and Kidneys in Amazon Canada here

References from Episode 19 with Lauren Hall:

  • You can read more from Lauren Hall on the subject of rights violations in delivery rooms here

References from Episode 18 with Alex Nowrasteh:

  • You can read Alex Nowrasteh’s studies and commentaries on his page at the Cato Institute’s website
  • Check out Jens Hainmueller’s paper on cultural anxiety and immigration here
  • Read Alex’s thoughts on the paper on perceptions of chaos by Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka, and Shanto Iyengar here

References from Episode 17 with Sarah Burns:

  • You can buy Sarah Burns’ book The Politics of War Powers: The Theory and History of Presidential Unilateralism here on Amazon Canada

References from Episode 16 with Alain Bertaud:

  • You can buy Alain Bertaud’s book Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities here on Amazon Canada

References from Episode 12 with Jason Kuznicki:

  • You can buy Jason Kuznicki’s book Technology and the End of Authority: What Is Government For? here on Amazon Canada

References from Episode 5 with Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak:

  • You can purchase Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak’s book Population Bombed!: Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change on Amazon Canada at this link.
  •  You can read Thomas Malthus’ book An Essay on the Principle of Population here.
  • You can read Garrett Hardin’s article Lifeboat Ethics here.
  • You can read Matt Ridley’s article How Technology Evolves here.
  • You can purchase the book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund on Amazon Canada at this link.

References from Episode 4 with James Harrigan:

  • You can read more about James Madison’s thoughts on the importance of checks and balances, which James Harrigan refers to during the podcast, at this link
  • You can read The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison for free on the online Library of Congress here.
  • Herbert Croly’s book The Promise of American Life that James mentioned on the podcast can be purchased on Amazon Canada here.
  • You can read more about Modern Monetary Theory here.

References from Episode 3 with Jacob T. Levy:

  • Check out the article Political Libertarianism by Jacob T. Levy here
  • Buy the book Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom by Jacob T. Levy here

References from Episode 2 with Peter Jaworski:

  • Buy the book Markets Without Limits here
  • Check out the Donation Ethics website here

References from Episode 1 with Nigel Ashford: 

  • More on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case here
  • Read up on the Doing Business Index rankings here
  • Read On Liberty by John Stuart Mill here

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