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Garett Jones

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Garett Jones: Less Democracy, More Culture, and More Immigrants from Successful Cultures

From the New World

Garett Jones is a professor of economics at George Mason University and the author of several books: Hive Mind, 10% Less Democracy, and his latest book: The Culture Transplant.Buy The Culture Transplant:https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=35594Garett’s other books:https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=28088https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=23082My Interview With Tyler Cowen:Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias:https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/21/podcasts/transcript-ezra-klein-interviews-matthew-yglesias.htmlTimestamps:0:00 Democracy33:00 Libertarianism37:00 Singapore43:00 Intelligence1:10:10 State Capacity1:18:30 Immigration and Culture1:41:00 Diversity1:50:00 Public Trust2:00:00 Populism and Shorism This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit cactus.substack.com

2hr 36mins

21 Nov 2022

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Ep 1: Garett Jones on Democracy, The Senate and the Idea Pipeline

Bretton Goods

In this episode I interview Garett Jones on his book 10% Less Democracy. We talked about term limits, lobbying, the workings of the Senate and how do policies go from ideas to implementation. Buy his book here: https://www.amazon.com/10-Less-Democracy-Should-Elites/dp/1503603571 Subscribe to my newsletter here: http://brettongoods.substack.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pradyumna-sp/message

55mins

2 Jun 2021

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369: 10% Less Democracy & Hive Mind, How Your Nation’s IQ Matters by Dr. Garett Jones, BB&T Professor Mercatus, George Mason University

American Monetary Association

How do you define Democracy? Dr. Garett Jones and Jason Hartman traverse through a broad range of capitalism and democracy played out in different countries. Does one influence the other, or can they exist in moderation together? As well, Jones speaks to the typical choices of more educated people. Are groups more willing to cooperate if they have a higher or lower IQ?  Books: Hive Mind : How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less Key Takeaways: [2:00] Democracy is an absolutely sacred value, but don't know what they mean? [3:15] In most countries, judges kept "arm's length" away from voters who seem to have better economic performance. [6:30] The American founders were not for pure democracy.  [8:00] Math and Science scores are pretty good predictors of individual life outcomes. [11:00] More educated people are most likely to see the invisible hand and support laissez-faire.  [14:00] To some degree, Milton Friedman's prophecy was right: capitalism leads to democracy.  [16:00] What's the Da Vinci Effect for nations? [18:20] Are smarter groups more cooperative? [20:20] Willingness to delay gratification is a sign of intelligence.  [22:50] Are banks stealing our money through inflation, savings, or wealth? Websites: jonesgarett.com JasonHartman.com 1-800-HARTMAN

25mins

28 Oct 2020

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59: 10% Less Democracy & Hive Mind, How Your Nation's IQ Matters by Dr. Garett Jones, BB&T Professor Mercatus, George Mason University

Free Court Show with Jason Hartman

How do you define Democracy? Dr. Garett Jones and Jason Hartman traverse through a broad range of capitalism and democracy played out in different countries. Does one influence the other, or can they exist in moderation together? As well, Jones speaks to the typical choices of more educated people. Are groups more willing to cooperate if they have a higher or lower IQ?  Books: Hive Mind : How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less Key Takeaways: [2:00] Democracy is an absolutely sacred value, but don't know what they mean? [3:15] In most countries, judges kept "arm's length" away from voters who seem to have better economic performance. [6:30] The American founders were not for pure democracy.  [8:00] Math and Science scores are pretty good predictors of individual life outcomes. [11:00] More educated people are most likely to see the invisible hand and support laissez-faire.  [14:00] To some degree, Milton Friedman's prophecy was right: capitalism leads to democracy.  [16:00] What's the Da Vinci Effect for nations? [18:20] Are smarter groups more cooperative? [20:20] Willingness to delay gratification is a sign of intelligence.  [22:50] Are banks stealing our money through inflation, savings, or wealth? Websites: jonesgarett.com JasonHartman.com 1-800-HARTMAN

25mins

23 Oct 2020

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Economics Detective Radio - Ten Percent Less Democracy with Garett Jones

Liberty.me Studio

Garett Jones returns to the podcast to discuss his book, 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less.During the 2016 presidential election, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders argued that elites were hurting the economy. But, drawing together evidence and theory from across economics, political science, and even finance, Garett Jones says otherwise. In 10% Less Democracy, he makes the case that the richest, most democratic nations would be better off if they slightly reduced accountability to the voting public, turning up the dial on elite influence.To do this, Jones builds on three foundational lines of evidence in areas where he has personal experience. First, as a former staffer in the U.S. Senate, he saw how senators voted differently as elections grew closer. Second, as a macroeconomist, Jones knows the merits of “independent” central banks, which sit apart from the political process and are controlled by powerful insiders. The consensus of the field is that this detached, technocratic approach has worked far better than more political and democratic banking systems. Third, his previous research on the effects of cognitive skills on political, social, and economic systems revealed many ways in which well-informed voters improve government.Discerning repeated patterns, Jones draws out practical suggestions for fine-tuning, focusing on the length of political terms, the independence of government agencies, the weight that voting systems give to the more-educated, and the value of listening more closely to a group of farsighted stakeholders with real skin in the game—a nation’s sovereign bondholders. Accessible to political news junkies while firmly rooted and rigorous, 10% Less Democracy will fuel the national conversation about what optimal government looks like.

57mins

25 Mar 2020

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Garett Jones: The case for ‘10 percent less democracy’

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis

In this week's Political Economy, Garett Jones discusses his new book, 10% Less Democracy, and explains how more policymaking should be entrusted to independent experts rather than voters. The post Garett Jones: The case for ‘10 percent less democracy’ appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

25mins

25 Mar 2020

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Ten Percent Less Democracy with Garett Jones

Economics Detective Radio

Garett Jones returns to the podcast to discuss his book, 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less. During the 2016 presidential election, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders argued that elites were hurting the economy. But, drawing together evidence and theory from across economics, political science, and even finance, Garett Jones says otherwise. In 10% Less Democracy, he makes the case that the richest, most democratic nations would be better off if they slightly reduced accountability to the voting public, turning up the dial on elite influence. To do this, Jones builds on three foundational lines of evidence in areas where he has personal experience. First, as a former staffer in the U.S. Senate, he saw how senators voted differently as elections grew closer. Second, as a macroeconomist, Jones knows the merits of "independent" central banks, which sit apart from the political process and are controlled by powerful insiders. The consensus of the field is that this detached, technocratic approach has worked far better than more political and democratic banking systems. Third, his previous research on the effects of cognitive skills on political, social, and economic systems revealed many ways in which well-informed voters improve government. Discerning repeated patterns, Jones draws out practical suggestions for fine-tuning, focusing on the length of political terms, the independence of government agencies, the weight that voting systems give to the more-educated, and the value of listening more closely to a group of farsighted stakeholders with real skin in the game—a nation's sovereign bondholders. Accessible to political news junkies while firmly rooted and rigorous, 10% Less Democracy will fuel the national conversation about what optimal government looks like.

57mins

23 Mar 2020

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Garett Jones on Democracy (More or Less)

Conversations with Tyler

Why is Garett Jones willing to write books about risky topics like the case for reducing democratic accountability? Is it the iconoclastic Mason econ culture? Supportive colleagues like Tyler? Those help, but what ultimately gives Garett peace of mind is that he’ll never have to go hungry because he has a broad and deep knowledge of econometric tools. It’s a skillset he recommends to all research economists precisely so they can take bigger risks in their careers—or at least be well-prepared to shape policy in an unelected position at a central bank.  Garett joined Tyler to discuss his book 10% Less Democracy, including why America shouldn’t be run by bondholders, what single reform would most effectively achieve more limited democracy, how markets shape cognitive skills, the three important P’s of the repeated prisoner’s dilemma, why French cuisine is still underrated, Buchanan vs. Tullock, Larry David vs. Seinfeld, the biggest mistake in Twitter macroeconomics, the biggest challenges facing the Mormon church, what studying to be a sommelier taught him about economics, the Garett Jones vision of America, and more. Read a full transcript enhanced with helpful links. Recorded January 10th, 2020 Other ways to connect Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Follow Tyler on Twitter  Follow Garett on Twitter Email us: cowenconvos@mercatus.gmu.edu Subscribe at our newsletter page to have the latest Conversations with Tyler news sent straight to your inbox. 

56mins

26 Feb 2020

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Episode 82: 10% Less Democracy with Garett Jones

The Urbane Cowboys Podcast

Author Garett Jones returns to the program to discuss his new book "Ten Percent Less Democracy."Stick around for Jones' take on "Open Borders" the latest book from our recent guest, Bryan Caplan.Co-hosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Star Policy Institute. Produced by Braden McCullough.

42mins

3 Feb 2020

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#84 Garett Jones: Hive Mind, The Importance of National IQ, and Immigration

The Dissenter

------------------Support the channel------------ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thedissenter PayPal: paypal.me/thedissenter ------------------Follow me on--------------------- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedissenteryt/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDissenterYT Dr. Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, at George Mason University. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, and the microfoundations of economic growth. His work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and Critical Review. His first book, published in 2015 by Stanford University Press, is entitled Hive Mind: How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own. In this episode, we focus on Dr. Jones’ book, Hive Mind. Topics include: the individual and collective benefits of higher national IQs; how IQ correlates with emotional and social skills; its effects in the political realm; how it relates to current immigration issues; and possible solutions to improve IQ in the countries that lack it the most.  Time Links: 01:04 Why your nation’s IQ matter    04:29 Benefits at the collective level   05:57 Individual IQ is not as important 08:25 Benefits for people on the low-end of the IQ scale 12:25 Other tests to evaluate academic skills     15:38 IQ correlates with emotional and social skills    18:40 More than genetics  20:56 IQ effects on politics  29:28 How are average national IQs relevant to immigration policy? 42:29 Possible solutions to improve IQ in the least resourceful nations 46:16 Where to follow Dr. Jones’ work -- Follow Dr. Jones’s work: Faculty page: https://economics.gmu.edu/people/gjonesb Hive Mind: https://tinyurl.com/y9w2rdea Twitter handle: @GarettJones -- A HUGE THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS: KARIN LIETZCKE, ANN BLANCHETTE, JUNOS, SCIMED, PER HELGE HAAKSTD LARSEN, LAU GUERREIRO, RUI BELEZA, MIGUEL ESTRADA, ANTÓNIO CUNHA, CHANTEL GELINAS, JIM FRANK, JERRY MULLER, FRANCIS FORD, AND HANS FREDRIK SUNDE! I also leave you with the link to a recent montage video I did with the interviews I have released until the end of June 2018: https://youtu.be/efdb18WdZUo And check out my playlists on: PSYCHOLOGY: https://tinyurl.com/ybalf8km PHILOSOPHY: https://tinyurl.com/yb6a7d3p ANTHROPOLOGY: https://tinyurl.com/y8b42r7g 

48mins

29 May 2019

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