Hear This Idea
Hear This Idea
Sep 10, 2021
#36 – Bryan Caplan on Causes of Poverty and the Case for Open Borders
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Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the author of Open Borders, The Myth of the Rational Voter, The Case Against Education, and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids.

In our interview, we discuss:

  • Causes of poverty
  • Charter cities
  • The case for open borders
  • Democracy — is it overrated? Why do voters keep choosing bad policies? Do democracies last longer, grow faster, and go to war less?
  • Stable global totalitarianism
  • Should longtermists care more about having more children? Is the cost of subsidising a new life competitive with the cost of saving a life?
  • What the philosopher Michael Huemer gets right
  • How many kids is Bryan counterfactually responsible for?
  • Life lessons from Hairspray and The Room

You can read more about the topics we cover this episode's write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/bryan.

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