The Debt Dialogues

By Don Watkins

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.


Category: News & Politics

Open in iTunes


Open RSS feed


Open Website


Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 18
Reviews: 0

Description

In this weekly podcast series, Don Watkins, fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, talks to a diverse range of guests about the welfare state crisis and what to do about it.

Episode Date
Episode 53: Jared Meyer on Uber
34:05
In this episode, I interview Manhattan Institute fellow Jared Meyer on the ride-sharing company Uber.
Oct 20, 2015
Episode 52: Margaret Malewski on Value Creation
29:26
In this episode, I interview Margaret Malewski, the executive director of STRIVE Clubs, a nationwide student organization inspired by Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.
Oct 13, 2015
Episode 51: Don Watkins on Challenging the Inequality Alarmists
46:13
In this episode, my colleague Amanda Maxham sits in as guest host, as we discuss my recent article, co-authored with Yaron Brook, “Turning the Tables on the Inequality Alarmists.”
Oct 06, 2015
Episode 50: Yaron Brook on Finance (Part 3)
25:43
In this episode, the third of a three-part interview, I talk to ARI's executive director Yaron Brook about the financial industry — one of the chief targets of the attacks on economic inequality.
Sep 29, 2015
Episode 49: Yaron Brook on Finance (Part 2)
34:57
In this episode, the second of a three-part interview, I talk to ARI's executive director Yaron Brook about the financial industry — one of the chief targets of the attacks on economic inequality.
Sep 22, 2015
Episode 48: Yaron Brook on Finance (Part 1)
23:10
In this episode, the first of a three-part interview, I talk to ARI's executive director Yaron Brook about the financial industry — one of the chief targets of the attacks on economic inequality.
Sep 15, 2015
Episode 47: R.J. Renza, Jr. on Social Security
36:36
I interview R.J. Renza Jr., author of How Are You Not Angry Yet? How Social Security is Destroying the Futures, Finances and Hopes of Generations X, Y and Z and How We Can Put an End To It, on the vital need to end Social Security.
Sep 01, 2015
Episode 46: Lawrence W. Reed on Myths of Progressivism
32:07
In this episode, I interview Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, on his new book Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism.
Aug 25, 2015
Episode 45: Walter Williams on Race and Education
26:45
In this episode, I interview Walter Williams, George Mason University economist and nationally syndicated columnist, on his new book American Contempt for Liberty.
Aug 18, 2015
Episode 44: Peter Schwartz on Paternalism
32:43
In this episode, I interview ARI distinguished fellow Peter Schwartz on paternalism, altruism, and the welfare state.
Aug 11, 2015
Episode 43: Peter Ferrara on Entitlement Reform
32:51
In this episode, I interview Peter Ferrara, senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy at The Heartland Institute, on how to address the entitlement crisis.
Aug 04, 2015
Episode 42: John Tamny on Inequality and CEO Pay
33:19
In this episode, I interview John Tamny, editor of RealClearMarkets, on his new book Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics.
Jul 28, 2015
Episode 41: Jared Meyer on Washington's War on the Young
45:19
In this episode, I interview Jared Meyer, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and co-author of Dishinhereted: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young on how the regulatory-welfare state is harming younger Americans.
Jul 21, 2015
Episode 40: William Voegeli on “Liberal Compassion”
43:54
In this episode of The Debt Dialogues, I interview Claremont Review of Books senior editor William Voegeli on his recent book The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion.
Apr 28, 2015
Episode 39: Steven Horwitz on Inequality, Mobility and Being Poor in America
35:39
In this episode, I interview Steven Horwitz, Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics and department chair at St. Lawrence University, on his new paper “Inequality, Mobility, and Being Poor in America.”
Feb 17, 2015
Episode 38: Phillip Magness on Thomas Piketty's Empirical Claims
30:59
In this episode of The Debt Dialogues, I interview Phillip Magness, a policy historian and Academic Program Director at the Institute for Humane Studies, on the empirical problems with Thomas Piketty's book on inequality, Capital.
Feb 10, 2015
Episode 37: Daniel Mitchell on the OECD Inequality Study
21:53
In this episode of The Debt Dialogues, I interview Cato senior fellow Daniel J. Mitchell on the OECD's study claiming that inequality harms economic growth, and that redistributive policies to fight inequality don't.
Jan 06, 2015
Episode 36: Diana Furchtgott-Roth on the Fast Food Protests
31:23
In this episode, I interview Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, on the demands by fast food workers for a $15 an hour minimum wage.
Dec 26, 2014
Episode 35: Steve Simpson on Inequality, Democracy, and Money in Politics
38:37
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Steve Simpson, director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute, on inequality, democracy
Dec 16, 2014
Episode 34: Stephen Moore on Taxes
29:38
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, on taxes.
Dec 09, 2014
Episode 33: Scott Winship on Inequality and Economic Growth
34:52
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Scott Winship, Manhattan Institute scholar, on inequality and economic growth.
Dec 03, 2014
Episode 32: John Cochrane on Inequality
27:31
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview John Cochrane on the campaign to limit economic inequality.
Nov 25, 2014
Episode 31: Don Watkins on the Debt Draft
1:22:44
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, you'll hear my recent talk “End the Debt Draft: How the Welfare State Is Exploiting Millennials.”
Oct 29, 2014
Episode 30: Phil Birnbaum on Making Sense of Inequality Statistics
34:17
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In past interviews, we have talked to experts on the research concerning inequality. In this episode, I interview statist
Oct 07, 2014
Episode 29: Max Borders on Entrepreneurship and Inequality
46:58
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Max Borders, editor of The Freeman and author of Superwealth, on entrepreneurship and inequa
Sep 30, 2014
Episode 28: Romina Boccia on Social Security and the Millennial Generation
39:17
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Romina Boccia, the Grover M. Hermann Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, on Social Security.
Sep 23, 2014
Episode 27: Gregory Salmieri on Justice
58:49
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Dr. Gregory Salmieri, professor of philosophy, on the subject of justice.
Sep 16, 2014
Episode 26: George Will on Progressivism
26:01
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist George Will on American Progressivism.
Sep 09, 2014
Episode 25: Onkar Ghate on Individual Rights
43:37
In this episode, I interview ARI senior fellow and chief content officer Onkar Ghate on how the concept of individual rights can and should guide our thinking about political issues, including the welfare state.
Sep 02, 2014
Episode 24: Jagadeesh Gokhale on America's Debt Disaster
35:59
The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Cato senior fellow Jagadeesh Gokhale on America's entitlement-fueled debt problem.
Aug 26, 2014
Episode 23: Scott Winship on Inequality, Mobility, and the American Dream
35:45
In this episode, I interview Manhattan Institute fellow Scott Winship on economic inequality, mobility, and the American Dream.
Aug 19, 2014
Episode 22: Amity Shlaes on the Great Depression
31:15
In this episode, I interview Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, about the cause of the Depression and how it made possible the creation of the American welfare state.
Aug 12, 2014
Episode 21: Lee Ohanian On The State Of The Economy
39:36
In this episode, I interview Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA, on the state of the economy.
Aug 05, 2014
Episode 20: Sylvester Schieber On America's So-Called Retirement Crisis
31:22
In this episode, I interview Sylvester Schieber.
Jul 29, 2014
Episode 19: Tara Smith on Happiness
37:49
In this episode, I interview Tara Smith, a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, and author of Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist.
Jul 22, 2014
Episode 18: Yaron Brook On Inequality
47:16
In this episode of The Debt Dialogues, I interview Ayn Rand Institute president Yaron Brook on Thomas Piketty and the debate over inequality.
Jul 15, 2014
Episode 17: Don Watkins on "Generational Theft"
30:28
In this episode of The Debt Dialogues, I contrast my own approach to the welfare state crisis with those who label it “generational theft,” and discuss why no one — not even the elderly — benefit from the welfare state.
Jul 08, 2014
Episode 16 - Charles Murray on Self-Reliance
37:40
Episode 16 - Charles Murray on Self-Reliance
Jun 24, 2014
Episode 15 - Matt Kibbe on Political Change
29:10
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I interview FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe about how the welfare state is drafting young Americans into debt, and how they can effectively fight against it.
Jun 17, 2014
Episode 14: Michael Cannon on Obamacare
37:06
In this episode of The Debt Dialogues, I interview the Cato Institute's director of health policy studies, Michael Cannon, on Obamacare and its effects on young Americans.
Jun 10, 2014
Episode 13: William Voegeli on the Welfare State
47:18
In this episode of The Debt Dialogues, I interview Claremont Review of Books senior editor William Voegeli on the question: “Why do people support the welfare state?”
Jun 03, 2014
Episode 12: Debate - Don Watkins vs. Harry van der Linden on the Welfare State
1:25:60
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I debate Butler University professor of philosophy Harry van der Linden on the morality of the welfare state.
May 27, 2014
Episode 11: Peter Schwartz on Altruism
48:51
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I interview ARI distinguished fellow Peter Schwartz on the morality of altruism. Topics include the meaning of altruism, common misunderstandings about altruism, and how altruism leads people to support the welfare s
May 21, 2014
Episode 10: John C. Goodman On Medicare
24:20
In this episode the Debt Dialogues, I talked to National Center for Policy Analysis president John C. Goodman about Medicare. Topics include the origins of Medicare, its costs, and proposed reforms.
May 14, 2014
Episode 9: Yaron Brook on Capitalism
39:40
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I talk to Ayn Rand Institute executive director Yaron Brook about the moral alternative to the welfare state: laissez-faire capitalism.
May 06, 2014
Episode 8: Harry Binswanger on Inequality
39:53
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I talk with philosopher Harry Binswanger about inequality, the motive behind egalitarianism, and why opponents of the welfare state should reject the idea of “equality of opportunity.”
Apr 29, 2014
Episode 7: Daniel Mitchell on the Welfare State vs. Prosperity
32:12
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I talk with Cato Senior Fellow Daniel J. Mitchell about how the welfare state undermines prosperity and economic growth.
Apr 22, 2014
Episode 6: Hope on her Life on and off Welfare
45:41
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I talk to Hope about her experiences as a single mother on welfare, why she left the welfare rolls, and the benefits of self-reliance.
Apr 15, 2014
Episode 5: Don Watkins on the History of the Welfare State
48:18
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I discuss the history of America before and after the welfare state. Special thanks to my friend Adam Edmonsond for guest hosting.
Apr 08, 2014
Episode 4: Onkar Ghate on the Morality of the Welfare State
38:41
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I talk to my colleague Onkar Ghate about the morality of the welfare state. Onkar is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute.
Apr 02, 2014
Episode 3: John Cochrane on Health Care
36:41
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I talk with John Cochrane, the AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business about how government intervention harms the health care industry.
Mar 26, 2014
Episode 2: Charles Blahous on Social Security
33:49
In this episode of the Debt Dialogues, I talk with Charles Blahous, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare, about the Social Security program.
Mar 19, 2014
Episode 1: Laurence Kotlikoff Interview
31:13
My first guest is Laurence J. Kotlikoff, a Boston University economist who specializes in generational economics. In this podcast, we discuss the welfare state crisis, its magnitude, and possible solutions.
Mar 12, 2014