Oct 28, 2020 • 1HR 52M

10: Charles Murray - Human Accomplishment and the Future of Liberty

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Host Dwarkesh Patel interviews economists, scientists, and philosophers about their big ideas. Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DwarkeshPatel
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/yYtyKmPZBto

I ask Charles Murray about Human Accomplishment, By The People, and The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead.  

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Read Human Accomplishment: https://www.amazon.com/Human-Accomplishment-Pursuit-Excellence-Sciences/dp/0060929642  

Read The Curmudgeon's Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Curmudgeons-Guide-Getting-Ahead-Behavior-ebook/dp/B00GL3PZ0K/  

Read By the People: https://www.amazon.com/People-Rebuilding-Liberty-Without-Permission/dp/0385346530  

0:00 Intro 

1:00 Writing Human Accomplishment 

6:30 The Lotka curve, age, and miracle years 

10:38 Habits of the greats (hard work) 

15:22 Focus and explore in your 20s 

19:57 Living in Thailand 

23:02 Peace, wealth, and golden ages 

26:02 East, west, and religion 

30:38 Christianity and the Enlightenment 

34:44 Institutional sclerosis 

37:43 Antonine Rome, decadence, and declining accomplishment 

42:13 Crisis in social science 

45:40 Can secular humanism win? 

55:00 Future of Christianity 

1:03:30 Liberty and accomplishment 

1:06:08 By the People 

1:11:17 American exceptionalism 

1:14:49 Pessimism about reform 

1:18:43 Can libertarianism be resuscitated? 

1:25:18 Trump's deregulation and judicial nominations 

1:28:11 Beating the federal government  

1:32:05 Why don't big companies have a litigation fund? 

1:34:05 Getting around the Halo effect 

1:36:07 What happened to the Madison fund? 

1:37:00 Future of liberty 

1:41:00 Public sector unions 

1:43:43 Andrew Yang and UBI 

1:44:36 Groundhog Day 

1:47:05 Getting noticed as a young person 

1:50:48 Passage from Human Accomplishment