Episode Notes (Episodes 75 to 87)

March 8, 2021

References from The Curious Task Episode 87 with Bas van der Vossen

  • Bas van der Vossen explores the historical entitlement theory, including some of the points he included in his presentation about Robert Nozick’s version during the podcast, at this link.
  • You can read John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government online at this link. Chapter 5, On Property, forms the basis of much of this week’s discussion,
  • This article titled, John Locke: Some Problems in Locke’s Theory of Private Property, on libertarianism.org features Nozick’s famous tomato juice analogy that objects Locke’s principle of labour mixing, and is also an extension of the discussion brought up by Bas during this episode.  
  • Here is an excerpt by Bas van der Vosen on Hume’s idea of property rights as convention.
  • You can access Bas van der Vossen’s work on the “Enough and As Good” Lockean proviso here
  • Here is a paper by Hillsdale College on the appropriative water rights doctrine in the Western United States that Bas briefly mentions during the podcast. 
  • Bas mentions the water shortages that California faces from waterway droughts. An article that details the “Tahoe to tap” option can be accessed at this link.

References from The Curious Task Episode 86 with Matt Warner

  • Matt Warner is the author of, Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on Global Economic Freedom, which can be purchased from Amazon Canada here.
  • Eric Beinhocker’s book, The Origin of Wealth, was mentioned by Matt because it makes a Hayekian case for use of knowledge in society and that there is more than one type of knowledge in an array of complex adaptive systems. This book can also be purchased on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Matt mentions Jeffrey Sachs’ crop yield project in Uganda during the podcast. You can read some of Sachs’ work for the Africa Growth Initiative here
  • Francis Fukuyama’s book, The End of History, can be purchased from Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Stephen Holmes co-authored the book, The Light That Failed, with Ivan Krastev, which is also available for purchase on Amazon Canada here
  • Why Nations Fail is another book cited by Matt during the podcast. It was co-authored by James Robinson and is available on Amazon Canada here.
  • You can read Mohamed Bouazizi’s story and how it ignited the Arab Spring here.
  • Mauricio Miller’s book, The Alternative, is listed on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Amartya Sen’s book, Development as Freedom, can be found on Amazon Canada here
  • You can explore Jeremy Shapiro’s work on development economics on his website.
  • Samantha Power’s memoir, The Education of an Idealist, is available for purchase on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Daron Acemoglu and James Robinsson’s book, The Narrow Corridor, was also mentioned by Matt during the podcast and can be purchased here.
  • You can read Freedom House’s report on the state of democracy around the world in 2021 here.

References from The Curious Task Episode 84 with Scott Scheall

  • Scott Scheall is the author of the book, F. A. Hayek and the Epistemology of Politics: The Curious Task of Economics, which can be purchased from Routledge at this link.
  • You can read The Green New Deal resolution presented during the 1st session of the 116th Congress here.
  • David Hume’s essay, Of the Independency of Parliament, where he talks about political writers as a maxim and how every man ought to be a knave, is available for reading at this link.
  • Scott references James Buchanan’s idea of “politics without romance” in public choice theory where the assumption of knowledge is a starting point from his co-authored book, The Calculus of Consent. This book can be accessed here.
  • You can read more about Milton Friedman’s work on command economies here.can
  • Scott cites F. A. Hayek’s book, The Use of Knowledge in Society, to the argument that gathering data is not a problem for central planning, but that the particular circumstances of time and place are what determine success. This book can be accessed here.
  • You can read F. A. Hayek’s work, Cosmos and Taxis, here.
    You can read Scott’s op-ed with Parker Crutchfield, There Are No Experts On That for Which We Really Need Experts, published on the American Institute for Economic Research at this link.

References from Episode 83 with Shikha Dalmia

  • You can read Shikha’s articles published at Reason Foundation here and her articles in The Week here
  • Here are some statistics of the the share of votes for Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election by ethnicity, produced by Statista.
  • This is the Washington Post article by Radley Balko that was referenced by Shikha during the podcast, titled, Meet the police chief turned yoga instructor prodding wealthy suburbanites to civil war.
  • Here is Ward Connerly’s biography.
  • You can access the full text of the Federalist Papers by James Madison at this link.
  • The Liberty Fund has a full version of the letter written by Lord Acton to Bishop Creighton which includes the famous quote, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1887) at this link.
  • This link will direct you to the original text of The Civil Rights Act (1964).
  • This is an article detailing the history of the poll tax in America.
  • This is a BBC article that discusses the exclusion of Muslims from the reforms to India’s Citizenship Act.
  • Shikha briefly mentions the population dynamics inAntebellum America. Here is an article on the demography of the slave population in Antebellum America for extended reading that was featured in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History.
  • This is the codification of Title XI of the Education Amendments Act (1972).
  • The Washington Post has an article on Barry Goldwater’s history that was released in commemoration of his passing in 1998 and can be accessed here
  • You can read more articles written by David French, a Christian conservative critical of Trump and proactive on the topic of religious freedom, at his profile on The Dispatch here.
  • This is a link to some quotes by Samuel Johnson on liberty.

References from Episode 82 with Art Carden

  • Art Carden is the co-author of the book, Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich, with Deirdre McCloskey, which is available on Amazon Canada at this link (Kindle Edition and Hardcover).
  • Art references Shylock from The Merchant of Venice and Iago from Othello, whose full texts are accessible through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s website (titles hyperlinked).
  • This is an interactive graphic by Our World in Data on the world literacy rate overtime.
  • Here is a link to a further elaboration of Adam Smith’s quote that “people of the same trades seldom meet together … but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices” and one of “the great deal of ruin in a nation” that were mentioned by Art (Courtesy of the Adam Smith Institute).
    This is a link to William Nordhaus’ working paper on the gains from innovation. 
  • You can read more about Fred Shuttlesworth on the encyclopedia website of the King Institute at Stanford University at this link
  • You can watch the 2007 D5 Conference that hosted Steve Jobs and Bill Gates together and features a question on the “desktop paradigm” on Youtube at this link.
  • You can read Thomas Malthus’ An Essay on the Principle Population on The Library of Economics and Liberty website. 
  • Here is a link to the Youtube series, Free to Choose, featuring Milton Friedman. 
  • You can purchase John Kenneth Galbraith’s book, The New Industrial State, on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Here is a list of the Top 10 Fortune 500 companies.
  • Andrew McAfee’s book, More from Less, talks about the dematrialization of economic growth and can be purchased on Amazon Canada here
  • Art mentions Robin Hanson’s concept of the Futures Market during the podcast. You can read more about it in this article by Robin Hanson.
  • Thomas Sowell’s book, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, is available on Amazon Canada at this link.

References from Episode 81 with Erik Kimbrough

  • You can find a list of Erik’s work here, or on SSRN and RePEc (Erik Kimbrough), some of which were quoted during this episode and formed the basis of discussion. These include Erik’s discussions on norm-compliance (with Mark Pickup and Eline de Rooij), corruption, social preferences (with Alexander Vostroknutov), and marriage (with Mahsa Akbari).
  • This is a rundown of The Dictator Game in economics as presented by Daniel Kahneman et al.
  • This is the paper written by George Stigler and Gary Becker, Accounting for Taste, that was mentioned by Erik in the podcast.
  • You can read about Adam Smith’s impartial spectator and sentiments at this link (Adam Smith Institute)
  • You can read more about the economist Douglass North at this link (The Library of Economics and Liberty).
  • The book, The WEIRDest People in the World by Joe Henrich, that was mentioned by Erik is available on Amazon Canada at this link
  • Friedrich Hayek’s quote that “Man is much a rule-following animal as a purpose-seeking one” is from his book, Law, Legislation and Liberty, which can be accessed here.

References from Episode 80 with Ross Emmett and Steve Slivinski

  • Ross Emmett and Stephen Slivinski are directors of the Doing Business North America project. Their 2020 report forms the basis of this episode and can be found at their website at this link.
  • Here is a link to the Doing Business Report by the World Bank that was briefly mentioned in the podcast. 
  • You can read the Philadelphia Inquirer’s article on the barriers of doing business in Philadelphia here.
  • An in-depth explanation of the DBNA’s methodology and business categories is available for reading at this link.
  • The DBNA Land Use index was inspired by The Wharton Residential Land Use Regulatory Index, which can be accessed here
  • Here are the recent rankings of the DBNA report, which includes a comparison of the performance in cities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States (including the top five and five lowest-performing cities).
  • You can interact with the data collected by DBNA at this link.
  • Virginia Postrel’s book, The Future and its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress, can be purchased on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Here is an article on the Bootleggers and Baptists problem coined by Bruce Yandle.

References from Episode 79 with Peter Jaworski

  • Peter Jaworski is the co-author of the book, Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests, which is available for purchase on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Peter mentions B. van der Vossen’s article on self-ownership published on Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which can be read here. The general article on libertarianism starts at this link.
  • You can read more about Jonathan Haidt’s moral foundations theory on the website, moralfoundations.org.
  • Peter mentions the three-way division between people cited in Jason Brennan’s book, Against Democracy, which is also available on Amazon Canada at this link
  • This article on libertarianism.org captures David Hume’s is-ought dichotomy that was briefly mentioned by Peter during the podcast. 
  • The Acton Institute publishes many articles that demonstrate how their theological views endorse libertarian institutions on their website, acton.org.
  • You can read John Stuart Mill’s libertarian conclusions in On Liberty at this link.
  • Peter mentions Chris Freiman during the episode, who has published blogposts on learnliberty.org.   
  • You can read more about the natural rights argument of Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in this article on libertarianism.org
  • The Lockean-Nozick justification of property rights has also been written about in this article on libertarianism.org.
  • Here is the link to Ayn Rand’s book, The Virtue of Selfishness, that explores the concept of ethical egoism.
  • Michael L. Frazer has a book on Adam Smith’s theory of sentimentalism and how it departs from that of David Hume, which can be accessed here.
  • You can purchase Michael Huemer’s book, Ethical Institutionalism, that was recommended by Peter at this link.
  • Jan Narveson makes a contractarian case for libertarianism in this article on libertarianism.org.
  • Here is Roderick Long’s article, Eudaimonist Libertarianism, that was published on bleedingheartlibertarians.org.
  • Dan Sanchez published an article called, In Defense of Mises’s Utilitarianism, through the Mises Institute and is available for reading here.
  • Here is Kevin Vallier’s article, A Rawlisan Case for Libertarianism, which also draws parallels to F. A. Hayek. 
  • You can explore Milton Friedman’s natural rights-oriented political philosophy in his book, Capitalism and Freedom, which can be purchased from Amazon Canada at this link.
  • Here is a joint article by John Tomasi and Matt Zwolinski called, A Bleeding Heart History of Libertarianism, which was published in Cato Unbound and can be read at this link
  • This is a link to the Libertarian Party of the United States.
  • Deirdre McCloskey elaborated on her idea of The Great Enrichment in this article published on the Foundation for Economic Education.

References from Episode 78 with Sandra Peart

References from Episode 77 with James Tooley

  • The E. G. West Centre at Newcastle University is the namesake of economist E. G. West. This page will direct listeners to his various articles and reports.
  • James’ book, The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World’s Poorest People are Educating Themselves is the basis of today’s discussion and can be purchased from Amazon Canada here
  • You can read more about the John Templeton Foundation’s work at this link
  • Here is a link to James’ case study research about for-profit private education in India.
  • This is The Economist article about Indian private schools educating 50% of the population that James mentions briefly on the podcast.
  • Here is a synopsis of The Elementary Education Act of 1870 which mandated public education for schoolchildren between five to thirteen years of age. James’ book with the Independent Institute, Really Good Schools is set for release in March 2021 and can be preordered here.

References from Episode 76 with Steve Horwitz

  • Steve Horwitz is the author of Austrian Economics: An Introduction; Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective; Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order; and Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions which are available for purchase on Amazon Canada (titles hyperlinked).
  • This article entitled Persistent Fallacies by Vuk Vukovic recounts the misconceptions surrounding growth and is a response to the book, Why Nations Fail, featuring an anecdote on Paul Samuelson’s forecast of the USSR overtaking the US economy that was referenced by Steve in the episode.   
  • In case you missed Virginia Postrel’s episode on The Curious Task and wish to catch up with her research, her book, The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, can be purchased on Amazon Canada at this link.
  • The Cato Institute published an article by Adam D. Thierer on permissionless innovation, which also provides an overview of Deidre McCloskey’s contributions to the theory. It can be read here.  
  • You can read Steve’s article, Privilege and the Liberal Tradition, on libertarianism.org.
  • Here is an excerpt on Ludwig’s von Mises’ concept of peaceful transference from his book, Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition
  • You can learn more about Robert Higgs’ concept of regime uncertainty through this downloadable PDF published by the Independent Institute. 
  • This article by Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr. is an introduction to “sound money” that Steve also talks about during the podcast. 
  • You can watch Hans Rosling’s TED video on The Magic Washing Machine at this link
  • The joint research on inequality published by Steve and Vincent Geloso is available for reading here
  • Here is the article written by Steve on Tyler Cowen’s joint article on The Great Stagnation, which is also available for reading online at this link.
  • Here is some more background on precision medicine that Steve mentions briefly on the podcast.
  • Here is the link to the 2007 panel discussion with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates that Alex mentions in the podcast.  
  • The Back to the Future trilogy and Demolition Man can be purchased and/or streamed from Amazon Canada.  You can read more about John Stuart Mill’s “experiments of living” at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s website (Chapter 4.6).

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