On the podcast this week, Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University, general director of the Mercatus Center, and founder of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, answers questions from Surprisingly Free listeners and Marginal Revolution readers. Cowen discusses why people will be appalled that we ever questioned intrusive searches by TSA, what should have been done to minimize unemployment and other harm from the financial crisis, how the “famous American formula” for good government is broken, what might force us to sit around opening cans of dog food with our teeth, and which global sites should be connected by Stargate portals to create the most value. He also asks, “Why read books?”, speculates about the value of his blog, addresses price discrimination of chicken McNuggets, talks about a modern day Athens in Asia with good food, suggests that internet comments are a relatively harmless form of stupidity, and opines about the best thing that government does.
- “Books of the year, 2010”, by Cowen at Marginal Revolution
- “What is the case for the Fed?”, by Cowen at MR
- “Sentences [about TSA and flying] to ponder”, by Cowen at MR
- “Further thoughts on the TSA debates”, by Cowen at MR
- “The Road to Medicare, not The Road to Serfdom”, by Cowen at MR