Feb 24 • 1HR 2M

22: Richard Hanania - Foreign Policy, Fertility, and Wokeness

Dwarkesh Patel
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Richard Hanania is the President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology and the author of Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy: How Generals, Weapons Manufacturers, and Foreign Governments Shape American Foreign Policy.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QyWs-XomCk0

But the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09L9Y2W7S

Follow Richard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardHanania

Read Richard's Substack: https://richardhanania.substack.com/


0:00:00 Intro

0:04:35 Did war prevent sclerosis?

0:06:05 China vs America's grand strategy

0:10:00 Does the president have more power over foreign policy?

0:11:30 How to deter bad actors?

0:15:39 Do some countries have a coherent foreign policy?

0:16:55 Why does self-interest matter in foreign but not domestic policy? 

0:21:05 Should we limit money in politics?

0:23:47 Should we credit expertise for nuclear detante and global prosperity?

0:28:45 Have international alliances made us safer?

0:31:57 Why does academic bueracracy work in some fields?

0:36:26 Did academia suck even before diversity?

0:39:34 How do we get expertise in social sciences?

0:42:19 Why are things more liberal?

0:43:55 Why is big tech so liberal?

0:47:53 Authoritarian populism vs libertarianism

0:51:40 Can authoritarian governments increase fertility?

0:54:54 Will increasing fertility be dysgenic?

0:56:43 Will not having kids become cool?

0:59:22 Advice for libertarians?