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The Human Action Podcast features in-depth interviews on current topics in economics through an Austro libertarian lens.

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The Human Action Podcast features in-depth interviews on current topics in economics through an Austro libertarian lens.

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English

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Episodes
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Garett Jones on the Economic Impact of Culture on Immigration

5/24/2024
Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He joins Bob to discuss his book, detailing the impact that immigrants' culture has on the institutions of their new home. Mises.org/HAP449aThe Mises Institute is giving away 100,000 copies of Murray Rothbard's, What Has Government Done to Our Money? Get your free copy at Mises.org/Money Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free book: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:00:54:15

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Mateusz Machaj on Economists and Inflation

5/17/2024
Mateusz "Matt" Machaj holds a PhD in economics and is a Fellow with the Mises Institute, who has also won both the Douglas E. French and the Lawrence Fertig prizes in Austrian economics. He joins Bob to discuss his new booklet from Routledge, which explains how mainstream economists have responded to the recent bout of price inflation. Mises.org/HAP448aMises.org/HAP448bMises.org/HAP448cThe Mises Institute is giving away 100,000 copies of Murray Rothbard's, What Has Government Done to Our Money? Get your free copy at Mises.org/Money Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free book: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:00:51:04

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An Austrian Critique of the New MMT Documentary

5/10/2024
Stephanie Kelton is the star of a new documentary film touting the alleged brilliance of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Murphy gives a comprehensive critique of the film, covering the flaws in its theory, history, and policy recommendations. Mises.org/HAP447aMises.org/HAP447bMises.org/HAP447cMises.org/HAP447dMises.org/HAP447eMises.org/HAP447fThe Mises Institute is giving away 100,000 copies of Murray Rothbard's, What Has Government Done to Our Money? Get your free copy at Mises.org/Money Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Ron Paul's Gold, Peace, and Prosperity: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:34:16

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How State-Sponsored Universities Distort Campus Activism

5/4/2024
The Mises Institute's Connor O'Keeffe recently wrote an article detailing the campus protests over the happenings in Gaza. Connor joins Bob to discuss his article, the recent antisemitism bill, and why we should be defunding universities. Mises.org/HAP446aHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Ron Paul's Gold, Peace, and Prosperity: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:00:53:12

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Did the MMT Camp Correctly Predict the Post-Covid Economy?

4/26/2024
Recently on Twitter, as a reaction to an FT post worrying about the growing debts of various governments, fans of MMT were posting screenshots from a May 2020 FT debate involving Stephanie Kelton. The implication was that Kelton had correctly predicted that government debt would be benign. Bob and guest Jonathan Newman dissent. Mises.org/HAP445aMises.org/HAP445bMises.org/HAP445cMises.org/HAP445dMises.org/HAP445eHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Ron Paul's Gold, Peace, and Prosperity: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:00:49:32

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FDR's War Against Civil Liberties

4/12/2024
Historian David Beito has a new book from the Independent Institute titled, "The New Deal's War on the Bill of Rights." He joins Bob to discuss issues such as the Japanese concentration camps and the government's mass surveillance of telegrams. Mises.org/HAP444aHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Ron Paul's Gold, Peace, and Prosperity: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:02:52

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Simon Guenzl vs. Dave Smith on Open Borders

4/12/2024
Simon Guenzl joins Bob to push back on Dave Smith's recent appearance, where Dave had made the case against open borders. Guenzl has published a libertarian critique of the Hoppean framework. The debate revolves around the status of government property. Bob plays devil's advocate, especially with a lightning round of "hard cases" for Guenzl at the end. Mises.org/HAP443aMises.org/HAP443bMises.org/HAP443cHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:34:18

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Are American Libertarians Unduly Pessimistic?

4/5/2024
Nick Gillespie, editor-at-large for Reason, recently got into a friendly dispute with Bob over whether American libertarians were being too pessimistic. He joins Bob to make the case for optimism, while Bob demurs. Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:00:53:13

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Making the Case for Private Law and Defense From Scratch

3/29/2024
On March 26 Bob gave this talk at Oklahoma State, where he was invited by the Free Enterprise Society. He assumed the students had no prior knowledge of the topic and made the case, from scratch, for a voluntary society with privately provided legal and defense services. Mises.org/HAP441aHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:11:17

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Ryan McMaken on the History and Benefits of Secession

3/23/2024
Ryan McMaken recently gave a talk at Oklahoma State outlining the history of secessions and making the case that they promote liberty and peace. He joins Bob to discuss his major themes and to address common objections. Mises.org/HAP440aMises.org/HAP440bHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree Enter to win free admission to the Human Action Conference: Mises.org/HARaffle

Duration:00:53:12

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Why We Don't Need Government Funding for "Moonshots"

3/15/2024
Christian Sandström is a Swedish economist who joins Bob to discuss his new (co-edited) book, which makes the case that massive government funding projects aren't necessary to promote science or industrial growth. Mises.org/HAP439aHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree Enter to win free admission to the Human Action Conference: Mises.org/HARaffle

Duration:01:07:12

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Tom DiLorenzo on Antitrust, Abe Lincoln, and the Future of the Austrian School

3/8/2024
Tom DiLorenzo spent a long and productive career in academia before assuming his current position as president of the Mises Institute. He joins Bob to discuss his early days getting into economics, and some of his important work on antitrust policy. He also discusses his popular books on Abraham Lincoln. Though it all, Tom stresses the importance of the Austrian viewpoint. Mises.org/HAP438aMises.org/HAP438bHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree Enter to win free admission to the Human Action Conference: Mises.org/HARaffle

Duration:00:42:21

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The Fed's Milkshake Brings All the Foreigners to the Yard

3/1/2024
Brent Johnson of Santiago Capital created the "dollar milkshake" theory, which says that in a global sovereign debt crisis, the USD, gold, and US stock market will all rise. He joins Bob for a friendly disagreement over the dynamics of a decline in foreign demand to hold USD. Mises.org/HAP437aMises.org/HAP437bMises.org/HAP437cMises.org/HAP437dHuman Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree Enter to win free admission to the Human Action Conference: Mises.org/HARaffle

Duration:01:44:24

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Does Libertarianism Require Support for Open Borders?

2/23/2024
Dave Smith makes the Rothbardian/Hoppean case for government restriction on immigration, arguing that it's a second-best solution given the undeniable fact of government control of "public" property. Bob plays devil's advocate to raise possible objections to Dave's framework. Rothbard, "Nations by Consent": Mises.org/HAP436a Hans-Hermann Hoppe, "On Free Immigration and Forced Integration": Mises.org/HAP436b Bryan Caplan, "A Radical Case for Open Borders": Mises.org/HAP436c Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree Enter to win free admission to the Human Action Conference: Mises.org/HARaffle

Duration:01:44:24

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Murphy Gives Post-Game Analysis of ZeroHedge Dollar Debate

2/16/2024
On February 13, 2024, Bob participated (with Jim Rickards, Brent Johnson, and Michael Every) in a ZeroHedge debate on the fate of the USD. In this episode of the Human Action podcast, Bob highlights some of the key issues and explains why he thinks his side won. The ZeroHedge Debate: Mises.org/HAP435a Brent Johnson's Milkshake Theory: Mises.org/HAP435b Egert's Article on the Public Debt Threshold: Mises.org/HAP435c Bob's Article on the Latest CBO Federal Debt Report: Mises.org/HAP435d Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:31:38

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Responding to James Lindsay's Critique of "National Divorce"

2/9/2024
Bob goes solo to give a point-by-point rebuttal to James Lindsay's recent essay arguing that "national divorce means national suicide." Bob argues that James employs inconsistent claims and ignores the tremendous economic boon to an independent Texas. James Lindsay's Article "National Divorce is National Suicide": Mises.org/HAP434a Bob's Book "Common Sense: The Case for an Independent Texas": Mises.org/HAP434b AntiWar.com Article on Gaza: Mises.org/HAP434c Scott Horton's Interview with Arnon Soffer: Mises.org/HAP434d Join Tom DiLorenzo, Joe Salerno, and Patrick Newman in Tampa on February 17: Mises.org/Tampa2024Use code "Action24" for 15% off admission. Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:19:09

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We Like Ike! Joe Salerno on Rolling Back the Ideology of Inflation

2/2/2024
Academic VP of the Mises Institute, Joe Salerno, joins Bob to discuss his talk at the Supporters Summit, centering on the mainstream's focus on "rules vs. discretion" in monetary policy. Salerno explains how President Eisenhower's administration marked a pivot away from the ideology of inflation. Dr. Salerno's Talk at the 2023 Supporters Summit: Mises.org/HAP433a Join Tom DiLorenzo, Joe Salerno, and Patrick Newman in Tampa on February 17: Mises.org/Tampa2024Use code "Action24" for 15% off admission. Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:00:36:02

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Peter St. Onge On Who's Taking Your Money

1/26/2024
Economist Peter St. Onge summarizes some of the major financial and government news stories of the day. Bob's Mises University Talk 'Price Inflation: Corona vs. QE': Mises.org/HAP432a Join Tom DiLorenzo, Joe Salerno, and Patrick Newman in Tampa on February 17: Mises.org/Tampa2024Use code "Action24" for 15% off admission. Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Murray Rothbard's Anatomy of the State: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:00:52:48

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Are Capital Gains Income? The Connection with Mises’s Calculation Problem

1/19/2024
Bob goes solo to discuss a recent Twitter controversy, in which opponents of a proposed tax argued that unrealized capital gains couldn't possibly be a form of income. Bob cites both Austrian theory and corporate accounting practice to respond that all capital gains are income, which is not to say that they ought to be taxed. The dispute is important because understanding the definition of "income" sheds light on the role of market prices in guiding entrepreneurial action. Bob Talks to David Schizer on the Moore Ruling: Mises.org/HAP431a Bob's Econlib Article on Capital and Income: Mises.org/HAP431b Join Tom DiLorenzo, Joe Salerno, and Patrick Newman in Tampa on February 17: Mises.org/Tampa2024Use code "Action24" for 15% off admission. Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Murray Rothbard's Anatomy of the State: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:09:40

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Garett Jones on the Legacy of Robert Solow

1/12/2024
Economic giant Robert Solow died in December 2023. He was a Nobel laureate, and four of his PhD students went on to also receive the Nobel. He is known for the growth model named in his honor. Garett Jones of GMU joins Bob to discuss the work of Solow, focusing on the possible tension between the Solow model's conclusions about capital accumulation vis-à-vis the Austrian School. Join Tom DiLorenzo, Joe Salerno, and Patrick Newman in Tampa on February 17: Mises.org/Tampa2024Use code "Action24" for 15% off admission. Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Murray Rothbard's Anatomy of the State: Mises.org/HAPodFree

Duration:01:00:01