Adventures In Nicaragua: Energy Economist Confronts Howler Monkey
Join me as I talk with my guest Brandon, an economist studying rural energy poverty. Brandon recently returned from a month-long trip to Nicaragua, and he shares his adventures with us.
Here’s what you’ll hear about in this episode:
- Tom Woods mentions Libertarians On Fire during The Tom Woods Show and then again in an email to his list
- Why Brandon joined the military (and why he wished he hadn’t)
- How Brandon talked his brother out of joining the military using a clever form of reverse psychology
- The book Brandon read that instantly made him want a PhD in economics
- Keynesian economics vs. Austrian economics: how they’re different and which is better
- Why Milton Friedman jumped the shark on monetary policy
- How Brandon navigated the land mines of learning economics from statist professors
- The book that launched Brandon on his libertarian journey, and led him to take an interest in energy poverty
- A dead libertarian who renounced violence and became a staunch anti-war activist
- Modern energy that the first world takes for granted (and what people in the developing world have to deal with)
- How a single solar-powered light bulb changed a family’s life
- Why US government foreign policy since the mid-1800s still adversely affects the lives of people in Nicaragua to this day
- The mistake some people make when they conflate the State with the nation
- What happened when Brandon confronted a howler monkey (and what they have in common with humans)
- Why it’s easy to catch a cab in Nicaragua
- Free-market agorism at work in a socialist economy
- How crafty entrepreneurs take advantage of the US Coast Guard
- And much more!
Watch Alex Epstein shred Senator Barbara Boxer during a congressional hearing.
Read Jeffrey Sachs’ The End of Poverty, the book that made Brandon want to pursue a PhD in economics.
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